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The Complete Idiot's Guide to UNIX [Paperback]

Bill Wagner
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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint Unknown; 1 edition (30 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789718057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789718051
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You know that UNIX is the standard operating system of the Internet, and you want--no, you need-- to get on board. You're no moron. It's something you can figure out. You would like a little lift, though. The Complete Idiot's Guide to UNIX is what you need to get up to speed quickly, and in good humor. This book gives you the straightforward scoop with the most real-world impact.

About the Author

Bill Wagner is the co-author of Dynamic HTML Unleashed. He has also been a technical editor on several titles including Sams Teach Yourself CGI in a Week and Sams Teach Yourself Dynamic HTML in a week. He has wide-range programming experience in C/C++, PERL, csh, bash, VB, BASIC, JavaScript, Java, Tcl/Tk and extensive administration experience (NetWare 3.11-4.0, LANtastic, Windows for Workgroups, Windows NT 3.51-4.0, AIX 4.1.x, SunOS 4.1.3, Solaris 2.5-6, and Linux: OpenLinux Base, OpenLinux Server, Red Hat, and Slackware).


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This is a very well written and structured book on Unix, it takes an approach that gives a brief overview on its history including different variants around. It uses illustrative examples in a non-techie manner that even someone without prior knowledge to Unix would find this book to be a trove. After completing this book, then get another book Unix in a nutshell to further tie all the commands in place in terms of the scripting aspect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the beginner 6 Jan 1999
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This book was an excellent book for beginner's who want to use UNIX and know a little more about how it is used. It goes over editors, techniques, and the most used comands in UNIX even for the advanced programmer. But note, it is not a recommended book for intermediate or advanced programmers who want to learn more information about UNIX and how it works since it is very basic in content. excellent though, for the starter.
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Informative and well-written, this book taught me more about UNIX than any other single source I've turned to. Bill Wagner has made this an entertaining read -- quick and witty but not overly cute -- and it actually contains real information, not just basic commands and theory. UNIX was totally new to me, and this book has already helped me learn my way around. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone else just starting out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal For Absolute Novices 14 Oct 2000
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Starting a new job working on Unix WEB servers was quite daunting. This book taught me the basic principals of working within the Unix Operating System quickly and painlessly. The target audience is the novice, but computer literate. It is written in an entertaining style, and gave me a good start in my new career. At the price, it is an excellent buy.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far the BEST intro to Unix! 18 Feb 1999
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Sun has a promotion where you can buy Solaris 7 (comes with Intel and Sparc CD-ROMS) for $9.95! I know nothing about Unix and figured why not learn on the best.. Installation was easy, but I was clueless on how to use the Solaris OS, so I needed a good book on teaching Unix from ground zero. Hence, this books is awesome!
This book does an awesome job at explaining the differences between AT&T Unix and BSD Unix, and how Solaris, HP-UX, etc. are a merger of the two. The commands you learn are all clearly explained with lots of text examples and pictures too. You learn file permissions, how to read a directory listing and know what the persmissions are for various users, you learn what TAR is and how to use it, you learn administrative functions like useradd, usermod, userdel, stuff that works on all Unix platforms! This book explains the different shell (Bourne, BASH, CSH, etc.) and differentiates any commands you may need to type.
Many people say that it takes years to be a master at Unix. Yes, I believe it takes time but with resources like this it speeds up the process of learning the basics and the flow of the book makes sense. Some people spend 6 months trying to understand X Windows. This book tells you all you need to know about X, CDE, OpenWindows, Motif, and more..
At one point (before owning this book) I was frustrated because I had this killer OS (Solaris) but didn't know how to use it. I bought another "intro" book that didn't explain things very well but I thought it was just me..and that my learning abilities seriously suffered on Unix. I almost threw in the towel. This book changed all of that. GET IT! IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT! And the price is right too... you can't lose!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first class read for the UNIX beginer! 20 Mar 2001
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For the begginer UNIX can be a very daunting programme to learn. In fact many books on the subject fail to put the reader at ease. Not the Complete Idiots Guide to UNIX! For someone to write a book on such a subject that does not send the fear of God into you in the first chapter is a major achivement. The history of UNIX is shrouded in mystery, after all it was written in the late 1960's by academics who might as well have been living on another planet but this book peels away all the mystery. After the first few chapters you begin to realise how good UNIX is. As a new user of UNIX I can really recomend this book. My company sent me on a UNIX training course, but in some respects, I have gained far more by reading this book. One problem many begginers have with UNIX is navigating the file structure. This can be a little daunting, especially if you have only used the windows enviroments, but Bill Wagner keeps thing simple in this area, and with this book and a little practice you soon feel very confident. Even the seemingly mind blowing subject of writing shell scripts comes across very well. In no time you can soon tailor the UNIX enviroment to your own needs. Whether you are a traditional command line user of UNIX or use graphical user interfaces, this is the best entry level book on UNIX I have ever come across. You wont be dissapointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-BUY for novices 12 Nov 2001
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As a novice, I found this book perfect. It works as a basic introduction to the "Mystical" world of UNIX and makes for light reading. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has given the basic information to get started without bamboozling the reader with the usual computer-geek jargon. Oh there are no geeky jokes either (Yippeeee!)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who's an idiot now?!
A fantastic introduction to the Unix operating system written in an accessable way (no *nix elitism/windows hatred here!) this is a fantastic start into the word away from Windows.
Published 14 months ago by Mr. S. M. Morritt
5.0 out of 5 stars good
i used DOS a good while ago so i wasn't coming at it as a complete noob but this is a really good reference book.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon User
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T GO ELSEWHERE, GET THIS BOOK IF YOU WANT TO START WITH UNIX
I bought this book in 2008 that is 10 years since it was first published but I can't describe how happy I am that I did! Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2008 by Al
4.0 out of 5 stars A great building block
This is a great way to start Unix. You could call this a no thrills introduction which will get you up to speed in no time. Read more
Published on 3 July 2008 by The Mad TA
5.0 out of 5 stars The only idiot is the one who missed this book
There is much more to this book than just beginning UNIX commands. There are dozens of beginning UNIX books. Many of them are quite good. Read more
Published on 4 July 2005 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars The only idiot is the one who missed this book
There is much more to this book than just beginning UNIX commands. There are dozens of beginning UNIX books. Many of them are quite good. Read more
Published on 4 July 2005 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars I used this book to pime me for linux!
I found this book highly enjoyable, as with all the complete idiots guides its a little simple and patronising but its full of funny remarks and amusing comparisons, for example... Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2001 by Andy Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction.
Fast, Simple, easy and fun to use. You'll look forward to reading it everyday, as its such fun. You'll learn loads to!!
Published on 26 Jan 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Great if you don't know anything about UNIX!!
This book will teach you what you need to know on the basics of Unix.. Get it, there's no reason not to, and the price is right. Read more
Published on 5 Dec 2000
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