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Linux Pocket Guide
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2 21183 03-13-2005
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100% of reviewers $9.95 9.5

Description: Linux Pocket Guide is pocket sized reference for Fedora Core, but is a must have for any Linux user, especially if you have a bad memory for commands.
Keywords: linux pocket guide commands reference starter command line
Publisher: O\'Reilly
ISBN: 0596006284

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Old 01-13-2005, 04:28 AM   #1
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 256

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $9.95 | Rating: 9

Pros: Small, cheap, well written
Cons: Targeted to Fedora Core Users, therfore Fedora Specific

Have you ever gotten stuck trying to remember a command? Have you ever tried running Linux in text-only mode and gotten so fricking pissed you gave up? Well here's the book for you.

Linux Pocket Guide is by O'Reilly Press and is written especially for Fedora Core users. However, don't let that deter you. It contains many commands that any Linux user would use on a daily basis.

Like I mentioned this book especially focused on Fedora Core Users. It gives a quick intro about Fedora Core, but quickly moves to the command line. Here it starts describing the different commands.

The layout for commands is very clear. First they are seperated into different sections such as, Basic File Operations, Email, Web Browsing, etc. Then the commands are in alphabetical order from there. When you look at the commands first it shows you the command and how it's used, then below that it will describe what the command does, then gives you the arguments.

The only thing I can think of that's bad is that since it is focused on Fedora Core, that some other distro-sepcific software (mostly package managers like apt-get or Pkgtool) aren't explained.

I would highly recommend this for any Linux user. It's a cheap reference (the cheapest in-print Linux book I've ever seen), it fits in your pocket for those big wig sysadmins or road warriors and it's very informative. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to it because I can't remember that the arguments for .bz2 are jxvf instead of zxvf (what .gz files use). If you've got $10 laying around go buy this book.
Old 03-13-2005, 09:34 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: Mint 18
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $9.95 | Rating: 10

Pros: Very well orginized, focuses on majority of commands
Cons: All examples to systems are of Fedora

This book is a great reference for anyone that would rather have a book then use the man pages. It better organized then them, however is not as indepth. As I'm still learning this works great for any time you want to double check something, but sure can help even experianced users.
It even has parts taking about programming.



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