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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the whole Unix family
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...
Published on 22 Jan 2008 by M. Davis

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2.0 out of 5 stars This book is very badly produced and needlessly confusing
This book is the equivalent of learning UNIX "over the shoulder" of someone at work - someone, that is, who forgets what they have told you, gets everything in the wrong order, and rambles off on inappropriate tangents. The book is full of structural errors - chapters claiming "Now you have learnt such and such" (which was not covered), the author...
Published on 17 Jan 2001 by Disappointed Reader


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the whole Unix family, 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. In each of these areas there is of course much more to learn than can be given in one or two chapters of a book, but in each case I feel I have gained enough understanding to get going, and am in a position to move forward if I want to know more.

My one small criticism is with the title. While it would no doubt be perfectly possible to read the book in 24 hours, it is totally unrealistic to imagine that anyone could really work through properly and absorb its content in 24 hours, unless of course you already know a good deal of the material. But frankly I would not want the book if it were otherwise: it would not be giving an adequate coverage of so large a field.

I am bewildered by the review by "griffph": the criticisms made there are simply not true: the author does not refer to things elsewhere in the book which are just not there; there are no sentences that disappear into whitespce half way through; and so on. Also I am an experienced programmer, (though not in Unix) but, contrary to what "griffph" claims, I did not feel patronised. As for P.Borer's criticism: "It does not have a lot of pictures", who said the book was for children?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars new to Unix/Linux? this is THE BOOK, 5 Nov 2007
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claire "claire" (France, Bretagne pour l'instant) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for Unix newbies!, 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Unix or Linux!, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for a Unix-Newbie, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well worded and layed out, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The most clearest concise tutorial I've come across, 15 Mar 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is fair. But there are better for beginners., 6 Dec 2002
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Brutus is an honorable man. I use Sams books. And this book does what it says. In 24 hrs you can pass a test on what is UNIX. You get a lot of fundamentals without the reasoning behind the patterns. If you learn the concepts and patterns of UNIX it is easer than having to learn details. This book is actually used in some UNIX classes. Of course you need pre UNIX classes for CDE and post UNIX class on X windows and further classes on networks, and so on, and so on. Or you can get it all at the beginner level with "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Unix".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners, 12 Sep 2009
This review is from: Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours (Paperback)
Goog book, does what is says... Equip user with necessary commands to play around with Unix environment, Good if you have an interview lined up which requires Unix Know How (not expertise).
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