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LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition Paperback – 5 Aug 2006

3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 992 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (5 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596005288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596005283
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"...is characteristically O'Reilly through and through - vastly detailed, confidently written and not dressed up with too many screenshots or wild page designs. Although Linux Certifcation...is structured as a front-to-back read, mirroring the order of the LPIC topics, it also features page markings to help you use it as a quick reference guide when you've worked through it. The book shows you how to prepare for the LPIC exams, with exercises and examples galore, plus a host of massively useful practice exams to give you a taste of the real thing... O'Reilly's book is a monster, covering everything in great depth, and even though it's a bit costly it's worth the price given the exhaustive coverage therein. Just don't expect any kind of entertainment along the way - it's all very serious stuff." Verdict: A bulging, desk-warping behemoth of a book, tackling LPIC topics with clarity and excellent details. Rating: 9/10 - Mike Saunders, Linux Format, May 2007

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LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, Second Editionis a thoroughly researched reference to the Linux Professional Institute exams. The book is divided into four parts, one for each of the LPI exams. Each part features not only a summary of the core skills you need, but sample exercises and test questions, along with helpful hints to let you focus your energies.

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Anyone contemplating taking the Linux Professional Institutes (LPI) exams 101 and 102 part one needs a good guide to help them prepare properly.
This book covers all the required examination topics and in a well structured fashion. As well a being an excellent exam guide, it also serves well as a Linux reference, particulary for those UNIX admins who are already familiar with another platform but need solid Linux information.
Over the years, I have taken many UNIX certification exams and can only emphasise the importance of having a reference which prepares well. You will not be disappointed with this book.
The only thing preventing me from awarding five stars was the relatively small number of specimen questions (answers provided).
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im currently half way through my LPIC1 exam, I easily passes exam 101 with the help of this book and not much other material other than a working linux machine, so I guess that goes to show the book teaches well! It took me just over 4 weeks to cover the first half of the book in enough depth to pass the exam. Bad points about the book are there are several typos in the form of diagrams printed in the wrong place or not printed at all which can be a little confusing if youre not expecting them! and as the other review said there is only 1 practice test (with answers) included which isnt really enough. another bad point is that the review exercises dont have answers to them. All in all, even though there are bad points to this book, I gave it 4 stars for a reason and that reason was it passed my test and the style of writing is good, short and to the point. Definately reccomended
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This is basically a sound book. Be careful and make sure you buy the second edition, it is much revised and expanded on when compared with the first edition. As of autumn 2006 the second edition is a fairly good match to the current LPCI exams.

It is an awfully thick book (just shy of 1000 pages), which does make it a bit unweildy, but it does cover LPI 101, 102, 201 and 202 - note some books only cover 101+102.

Each section starts with an overview, you then get some commands, examples, some explanation and a mini-command overview. Scattered along there are exam notes and tips.

At the end of each exam level you get an exam review, some exercies to try and a set of sample questions and answers.

So far I've found a few typos in my second edition first print, check with O'Reilly they usually have errata on their web site, and these may be fixed in later reprints. Given the size and density of the book this is hardly surprising but do try things out and cross reference things with other sources.

I've also found that to some extent the book is a little dated already, for example it talks about XFree86, yet almost no distro uses this anymore (X.org being the current standard) and the LPI also refer to X.org rather than XFree86. In a fast moving area like Linux this is always to be expected, but forwarned is forarmed!

Like most recent O'Reilly books it is Safari enabled, you get 45 free subscription to their on-line service - should you wish to jump though the registration hoops.
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