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2.0 out of 5 stars good for geeks, 22 Feb 2014
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I gave this 2 stars as it is well written as far as its subject matter. I bought it to help me set up a Linux based server on a home server unit. Although there are some pretty good graphical interfaces for Linux desktop installations, this book fails to mention any that can be used for server. It concentrates on the arcane command line interface for Linux. I suppose if I were to spend weeks ploughing through all those pages and commands I might just end up with a working system. However it confirmed my word fears that Linux is really only for Linux geeks. As a beginners guide it has put me off the world of Linux. Shame as I had hoped it would help me into Linux but with all those arcane commands to remember plus warnings they are all case sensitive etc. it was all a bit too much.
Bit of a waste of money but at least it helped point me away was wasting any more time getting a Linux based server to work
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2014 18:17:50 BDT
Reviews can be helpful. This is a review of the book and from what he says warrents 4 stars.
What we do have is a review of Ubuntu and his own disinterest in anything complex - this clearly is in the 2 star category.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2014 22:05:53 BDT
Just a quickie reply, its not that I am disinterested in ANYTHING complex, I have been involved in IT/computers for many years (my first PC was a twin floppy disk Apricot and for the record I produced one the first word processor programs in a complex Asian language! the fact was in THIS particular case the book just didn't cover my need to get into Linux to set up a alternative to Windows Home server for a server setup. Having been involved in DOS and Windows (since version 3!!!) This had been my first attempt at a serious foray into the world of Linux but it just didn't give the help I need at that time - a bit more hand-holding for a long time Windows user and especially help in getting a server set up would have helped. Linux is a great system - but there is a steep learning curve to get to grips with the command line system in order to go beyond the basics. Its never a good thing to make sweeping generalisation and comment on the PERSON rather than the review of the PRODUCT.
My review was of the BOOK primarily - which of course does reflect on Linux itself. From what I have seen of it Linux is as great system - but does take a long-ish learning curve to get the most out of it esp of the command line syntax. One day when I do have the time I would like to get to grips with it
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