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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wilkie on 25 Sept. 2014
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Not really for the absolute beginner, and not for people with old brains.
The writer obviously knows his stuff, but for someone who has been running windows on his
computers for the last 15 years or so the transition isn't easy and I feel I need letting down a bit more gently.
I have no doubt that this book will come into its own in time- but not just not yet.
The little grey cells don't work like they used to alas.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great combination of a beginners primer and advanced one liners! 30 April 2014
By Donnie W Webb - Published on
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I have been a sysadmin for many years and I found both books to be very clearly and consisely written. Definately worth the price!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
As good as any Publishing House book 16 Nov. 2014
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Jason Cannon's book shows that, indeed, it is possible to have you create a book as good, and sometimes better, than those that have editors and publishers galore, for example Schott's "The Linux Command Line", and Blum's "Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting". While I recommend all three books if you need to be die-hard Linux wizard, what especially recommends Cannon's book is that he takes the time to explain what other books simply find too easy to explain (for example, umask and chmod). In addition, Cannon revels in pearls and shortcuts, and giving away his polished command line sequences that are both remarkably intuitive once you know them, and totally elusive until somebody tells you. In addition, Cannon takes the time to explain SSH and connecting --yes, perhaps a bit too dense if starting to learn Unix, and a bit unnecessary for the expert, but still certainly very, very practical. It is not uncommon to find the Linux newbie ready to go, with basic commands under his belt learned and memorized, just to be stumped at time of logging. Cannon's SSH initial chapters are a fresh blast of air, and gives folks confidence with Linux, as opposed to becoming totally stumped at first.

That is, of course, not to say that at times the book feels slightly rushed. Command Line Kung Fu, for example, worth the price on its own, would be made into a serious reference with an expansion on other frequent command options, and examples. Overall, this book offers the newbie something rarely offered: the ability to learn Linux, and begin using pearls and exotic but useful command sequences that are usually reserved for those 'in the know' with many years of experience. Get a few of these command sequences under your belt, and you will impress even the most die-hard Linux guru.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Great Great book to learn Linux 4 Jun. 2015
By Marguerite Mase - Published on
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Great book if your learning Linux, started learning Ubuntu server and I had no issues. Use a VM with this book.
Nice introductory book with clear illustrations 10 Feb. 2015
By Vesnog - Published on
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Really nice introduction to Linux together with how to access a Linux system for practise purposes by means of virtual machines, connecting to another Linux PC from Mac/Windows/Linux etc. The topics are clearly illustrated with screen shots and there is also a dedicated website for the book. If you are interested in Linux this is a good place to start and there are references at the end of chapters. Furthermore, the topics included apply to all Linux flavors such as Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, Red Hat Linux and so on.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Books! (Two Books in One) 1 July 2014
By Harry Flowers - Published on
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Linux for Beginners explains the basics for users coming from other operating systems. It pretty much leads you by the hand on getting started, even telling you ways to get access to a Linux system to work with as you go through the rest of the book. It's definitely intended for hands-on learning that you'll be able to use and remember.

The more advanced Command Line Kung Fu has interesting commands that will provide tips and tricks for beginners to even very experienced Unix and Linux users. So, whether you've just finished the beginner book, you're experienced but a bit rusty on shell programming, or already have good command line "kung fu", this is a good read for you!
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