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LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition Paperback – 5 Aug 2006
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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.See all Product description
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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).
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.
Ever wondered howto setup multiple disks to install your linux machine via the command line?
As well as the more simple things such as creating users, copying and manipulating files via the command line is all taught in this book.
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