Linux Essentials Paperback – 30 Mar 2012
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From the Back Cover
Learn Linux Quickly and Easily
This full–color guide thoroughly covers Linux fundamentals. You′ll begin with basic principles and the Linux way of doing things, then move on to common user programs such as the command line and text editors. With these skills in hand, you can tackle system administration tasks, such as user management and network configuration. Whether you′re prepping for the LPI Linux Essentials certification or just brushing up on the basics for your professional work, this is the fast and thorough grounding you need.
Learn these Linux essentials and more:
Discovering where Linux fits into the OS world
Managing hardware in Linux
Using Bash, the Linux command line
Using file management tools and commands
Installing and controlling programs
Finding and archiving data on your computer
Editing text files with common Linux editors
Automating tasks with the help of scripts
Managing accounts and groups
Setting file ownership and permissions
Manage your computer′s users and groups
Configure your network connections
This striking Essentials book maximizes skill acquisition and knowledge retention with:
Chapter–opening learning topics
Four–color screenshots and illustrations
Essentials and Beyond summaries and additional suggested exercises
Chapter review questions
About the Author
Roderick W. Smith, Linux+, LPIC–1, LPIC–2, is a recognized Linux open source programmer and networking expert. He is the author of over a dozen books on open source technologies. His books include CompTIA Linux+ Complete Study Guide; LPIC–1: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, 2nd Edition; LPIC–2: Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide, and Linux Administrator Street Smarts, all from Sybex.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nevertheless, it provides an excellent coverage of the basics, especially good at explaining users and groups, file permissions etc, including tricky things like the "sticky bit" stuff is well explained. Also simple network commands are covered, bash scripting, vi editor, plus more (check the contents page). Excellent use of exercises, even if you don't do them, have a look through the end of the chapter to see what you should have known if you'd read the chapter more carefully! ;)
I only give it 3 stars as, from my own point of view as a reasonably seasoned but not especially accomplished Linux user, I was looking for a much deeper treatment. To my mind too many essentials have been omitted.
If you're new to Linux, or contemplating making the jump then this book is 4 or 5 stars because once you've got through this book you'll probably be confident enough to learn everything else from the web. Many Linux books are just regurgitations of user manuals -- this isn't -- it's been written by a human being.