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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 4 edition (17 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672328143
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672328145
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A top-rated Unix book written by experts
Trapped in Unixland and unsure how to proceed? Just found out that your Web server runs Unix and unsure how to proceed? This is just the book for you!

Not only does it contain all the best material from the popular first edition, but we've rewritten a number of the chapters and added some way-cool new stuff, most notably a chapter on Perl, a completely rewritten chapter on C programming in the Unix environment, and extensive coverage of Apache and how to exploit it within the Unix environment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you're in need of a tutorial to learn UNIX from the ground up, this is it. Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition will let you experience UNIX through hands-on tutorials divided into 24 one-hour lessons so that you can learn the most common UNIX tasks at your own pace. The author will guide you through the basics of maintaining and manipulating a UNIX/Linux operating system. This hands-on approach will allow you to work through the exercises and grasp common UNIX/Linux concepts, including:

  • Using the Command Line
  • Listing Files and Managing Disk Usage
  • Slicing and Dicing Command Pipe
  • Shell Programming
  • Printing in the UNIX Environment
  • Using telnet, ssh, and ftp
  • Perl Programming in UNIX
Gain the fundamental knowledge you need to begin working with UNIX with the help of Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Fourth Edition.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Davis on 22 Jan. 2008
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Dave Taylor has managed to produce an excellent book for everyone who wants to get to grips with not just Unix strictly defined, but any operating system of the Unix family, including GNU/Linux, BSD, etc.
For some time I have been trying to find a useful book to learn the essentials of using GNU/Linux. So many books fall into two categories: (1) books that assume you already know the basics of the system, and (2) books that patronisingly assume you are not really up to understanding the system, and try to fob you off with a watered down account. Often the second type of book takes the line "don't worry! it's just like Windows". Well, no it isn't just like Windows.

Here at last I have found a book which systematically works through all the main topic areas, covering the groundwork of each very clearly. The explanations are accompanied with useful examples to work through, all of which are there to give constructive practice, not just, as in some books, because they are supposed to make it more fun. That is not to say that I did not find the book enjoyable: I did, because learning a challenging subject clearly introduced is enjoyable, not because of gimmicky presentation.

Dave Taylor tells you all the essentials of the Unix file system and how to find your way around it, use of the shell both from command-line and in scripts, use of Perl, editing with vi and emacs, communications and remote login, control of printers, archiving, and more. He also provides a brief introduction to desktop GUIs, particularly GNOME. However, he does not give undue prominence to this area, as many beginners' books do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By claire on 5 Nov. 2007
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Dave Taylor's book is The Book you need if like me you have always wanted to start with Linux but have been unable to find the book which will teach you from scratch, taking you around the infamous black terminal browsing the many directories and files under /

Because once you leave Windows for Unix/Linux you want to be sure you will be able to find your way in your new system and make yourself at home, what you DON'T want is having to go back to Windows after failing to enjoy the great power and stability of the UNIX system (actually there is even more than just power and stability... you'll discover that yourself)

If like me you want to go further in depth, not just using the desktop icons and the mouse, but want to enter commands in the terminal, then SAMS Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 hours is The Book.

When most of the other books for beginners seem to ignore the beginner, Dave Taylor's book is taking you from scratch to the level of a power user.

You don't need to feel obliged to finish the book in 24 hours, you need to experiment on your terminal (black screen of happiness) and become familiar with the system using only the command, you will not only get more knowledge, but you will feel more clever....... Because discovering what's behind the hood and how it works is more exiting than just driving the car.

And then when you've finished this one, you are ready for SAM Teach Yourself UNIX System Administration in 24 hours, another book from Dave Taylor.

This is the fourth edition dated 2006 (printed 08/2005) the inside page on Amazon shows the third edition, not this one.
Somebody in the review, said 'it was full of errors, and I don't know what else, that experimented users would be bored', the person is obviously talking about another book, as this one is for beginners, and none of his descriptions does refer to this book at all.
This book is a great book for beginners!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Nov. 1997
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Covers all basic and intermediate Unix commands, an explanation on what Unix is, where it originated from and how to find your way around using it. Also covers handy programs such as the VI editor and how to communicate with remote users on remote machines. This book covers enough to keep you busy for a couple of months, and is an excellent reference to have at hand.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan. 1999
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This was a great introduction to Unix systems. I originnally purchased this book for my Linux system and it was great. At first I was not to sure about the 24hr books (they have a bad reputation) but this book is not one of them! From beginning to end it flawlessly covers everything in Unix )or Linux) you need to know to actually get working within 24hrs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 1999
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This was just the book I was looking for. An easy read Unix book with lots of tips and hints. The Author made Unix easy for me ;o)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Mar. 1998
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This book really helped me get the most out of the UNIX OS. I enjoyed it very much. Althought I don't have UNIX installed on my computer, I usually work on UNIX throught a Shell Account, and this book really helped me understand what I was doing. Now I am going to try to install UNIX on my computer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 1999
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This is an excellent book for someone totally new to the Unix environment to build some sort of a foundation to build upon. They do a great job in explaining some key commands and when to use them without being over bearing with jargon. I highly recommend this book. Joe
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Dave,
I'm to chapter 22 in your tutorial of UNIX and thought I'd drop a note. You're manual has been a Godsend as far as I'm concerned and I truly compliment you on your effort. I've gone so far as to purchase Unixware from SCO and Red Hat Linux to add to my home systems. I graduated from college at Northwest Missouri State University and go back once a trimester to speak to the students about what it is I do. Thus far I have advised around 300 students to purchase your tutorial and have spoken with the campus bookstore to make it available.
Regards
Ted
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