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Learning the Unix Operating System: A Concise Guide for the New User (In a Nutshell) [Kindle Edition]

Jerry Peek , Grace Todino , John Strang
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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If you are new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Unix was one of the first operating systems written in C, a high-level programming language, and its natural portability and low price made it a popular choice among universities. Initially, two main dialects of Unix existed: one produced by AT&T known as System V, and one developed at UC Berkeley and known as BSD. In recent years, many other dialects have been created, including the highly popular Linux operating system and the new Mac OS X (a derivative of BSD).Learning the Unix Operating System is a handy book for someone just starting with Unix or Linux, and it's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users of the Internet who need to know a little about Unix on the systems they visit. The fifth edition is the most effective introduction to Unix in print, covering Internet usage for email, file transfers, web browsing, and many major and minor updates to help the reader navigate the ever-expanding capabilities of the operating system:

  • In response to the popularity of Linux, the book now focuses on the popular bash shell preferred by most Linux users.
  • Since the release of the fourth edition, the Internet and its many functions has become part of most computer user's lives. A new chapter explains how to use ftp, pine for mail, and offers useful knowledge on how to surf the web.
  • Today everyone is concerned about security. With this in mind, the author has included tips throughout the text on security basics, especially in the Internet and networking sections.
The book includes a completely updated quick reference card to make it easier for the reader to access the key functions of the command line.


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A useful reference for those interested in the Unix operating system... -- Joe Huber, The Book Report, March/April 2002

Its small footprint makes it an ideal desk reference for the learning period. -- Major Keary, Book News, 2002 No 6

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If you're new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. This fifth edition is the most effective introduction to Unix in print, covering Internet usage for email, file transfers, and web browsing. It's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users who need to know a little about Unix on the systems they visit.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 5 edition (2 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JG9AVTG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #578,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to UNIX for beginners 11 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
As a beginner to UNIX I found this a very useful introductory text. The book is short and concise but covers the basic UNIX concepts and commands. The typeface and layout are clear and easy to read and the book is a convenient size to use. I would recommend this book to anyone with no previous knowledge of UNIX who wants to learn the basics and be able to quickly start using a UNIX system. There is a reading list at the end for those readers who want to go on and learn more about the subject.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm! A bit thin! 8 Jun. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Too many 'if's here. I understand that the different flavours of Unix contribute to this but couldn't help but be a lttle disatisfied with the end result. Also when a book implies that you need to ask someone at the desk next to you to find out how to do something, well, I might as well not buy the book and ask them how to use Unix.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for a basic introduction 4 Sept. 2013
Format:Paperback
I have slight reservations about only rating this book three stars because in some ways it does as it sets out to do - provides a concise guide for the new user. The problem is that it is written almost as if it is aimed at someone who has never used a computer before. Admittedly the book was written in 2002 when that was slightly more likely to be the case, but surely even then that still would be fairly unlikely. It explains what a window is, what a file system is etc. which is all well and good, but I'm guessing that most people interested in this book are already familiar with such basic concepts. Nonetheless it did help me become confident in using the Bash terminal to change permissions, redirect i/o, and start programs, as well as basic file management. I don't regret reading it, just I think it may of been aimed at a slightly different audience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners 12 May 2007
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I had been wanting to get to grips with Unix/Linux for some time. Having tried several books with little success, I stumbled upon this one and it is excellent. It is concise, but does not assume much in the way of prior knowledge. OK it may be getting a bit dated now, but as an introduction to Unix/Linux, you can't go far wrong. Or as I would say, reet champion I tell thee!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Basic Indeed 21 Oct. 2005
By Chingle
Format:Paperback
It took me 30 mins to read the whole book in the tube. Before reading the book, I have already used some of the basic command. After reading it, I didn't really find it deepened my understanding about UNIX. It is too basic I think. Again depends what you are looking out of this book. It hardly mentioned Vi. If you want to learn Vi, buy a Vi book or get info over the net.
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