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Linux: The Complete Reference, Sixth Edition
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
After being away from linux for a year I thought i'd get back in to it, so I needed something to refresh my mind with so i bought this book purely because it is the most complete book on linux out there. I was not wrong!

This book covers everything and i mean everything: desktop, services, shells, kernal compilations, setting up of servers (http, ftp, dns and so on) it also does a nice job of covering a couple of troubleshooting situations.

All in all, this book is in-depth enough for you to grasp each subject very well. This book is NOT aimed at any particular distro release just Linux itself, this, i loved, considering most books on Linux normally cover the 3 main big distro's (ie: the Linux Bible series)

Wished I had paid £30 for this now because it is worth every pence.

830 pages of useful information on Linux.
I like the way the author goes in-depth on the networking side of things, this really helped me a lot.

Should you buy it if you new to Linux? YES
How about if your fairly good with Linux? YES

This is the only book you will need, those 'Linux Bible" books in my opinion are a waste of money, they only focus or the 3 big distros and aren't that very In-Depth at all.

Now all you need is the Command Pocket Guide (a book full of shell commands)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A latecomer to Linux, I'm enjoying it more and more. I tend to learn from the things I need to do, so a handy reference would be useful (especially as my knowledge of Unix is patchy at best). So I bought this impressive-looking book, and indeed a quick tour of the sections would suggest that everything is covered. After all, that's what a *complete* reference is supposed to do, right? Yesterday though I needed to make a drive image, and a friend with a history in sysadmin pointed me at the powerful dd command ("duplicate data", as far as I can make out, the chief danger of whose use seems to be in confusing source and destination). Understandably it's not in the Linux Pocket Guide, but gets several good mentions in the ~300 page Ubuntu Linux Toolbox. But no mention at all (that I can find) in this "Complete Reference". I notice that another reviewer has called it an introduction (an ~800 page one!), so I guess he must have found a few things missing as well...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2013
As someone new to Linux, changing over from Microsoft I found this a usefull addition to my computer book library.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2011
I've found this book to be of limited use. It has, however, given me some initial pointers as to where to look when setting up different aspects of Linux. Invariably, searching on the web leads to more useful and more complete solutions. Used as a first step it's great, but don't expect there to be any cheat-sheet style solutions to common problems in here or you'll be disappointed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 2 August 2009
Superb book. Deals with the small and the large stuff and deals with it well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2014
Functional.
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