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Linux in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 6 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 944 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 5 edition (6 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596009305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596009304
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This updated fifth edition covers all substantial user, programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common Linux distributions Considered by many to be the most complete and authoritative command reference for Linux available. No matter how you use Linux, you need the quick access to information this book provides.

About the Author

Ellen Siever is a writer and editor specializing in Linux and other open source topics. In addition to Linux in a Nutshell, she co-authored O'Reilly's Perl in a Nutshell. She is a long-time Linux and Unix user, and was a programmer for many years until she decided that writing about computers was more fun.

Aaron Weber is a technical writer for Novell, Inc. who wrote the section on GNOME in O'Reilly's Running Linux. He's also published in Interex Enterprise Solutions (interex.com) and Boston's Weekly Dig (www.weeklydig.com), and is the host of secretlyironic.com.

Stephen Figgins administrates Linux servers for Sunflower Broadband in Lawrence, KS. He also writes, edits and consults on computing topics. He balances this with his study of nature. Through the Plainscraft school of living (http://www.plainscraft.com), he teaches wilderness awareness and survival skills including animal tracking, edible and medicinal plants and matchless fire making.

Robert Love is a contributing editor at Linux Journal and authored Linux Kernel Development (Sams). He works in Novell's Ximian Desktop Group as a kernel hacker and graduated from the University of Florida with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Arnold Robbins is a professional programmer and technical author who has worked with Unix systems since 1980. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for awk and is currently the maintainer of gawk (GNU project's version of awk) and its documentation. Arnold co-authored of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor.

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I've just started using Linux (Fedora 7) and I was looking for a book that would help me learn the commands and how to do the more tricky things in Linux. The commands in the book are arranged alphabetically, which is not much good if you do no know the command in the first place i.e. if you want to know how to delete a directory you are going to have to know the 'rm' command before being able to jump to the right page in the book. For beginners this isn't recommended (get the Linux Essential Commands Pocket Guide instead) but if you're intermediate/advanced then this is a good book. I've no doubt that I'll refer back to this book in 3/4 months or so but at the moment I won't be using it much.
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This is a perfect book when you want to start working or work a lot with Linux systems. Comprehensive description of commands is usually followed by an example or two, depending on the complexity or usefulness. All the commands are grouped into chapters, with general ones in one and then more specific for programming, package managers, different shells etc. Newer editions contain some major changes, such as added chapter on revision control, to incorporate ongoing evolution of Linux.
I have one warning though. I own 3rd edition paperback and 6th Kindle. Try to avoid Kindle edition if you can!! It is almost impossible to find a given command with one click - searching returns too many results. Index is totally useless in this case. Some entries have links, when others don't - definitely requires some major improvements. So 5 stars for book in general, but only 2 for Kindle edition.
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Bought nearly 10 years ago at a time when I wanted a hard copy of several manuals and server guides, I now favour online and digital resources which are easier to search. No issues with the book for anyone wanting a "real" book.
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80% of this book is a collection of printed man-pages, ordered alphabetically, with no major improvements or added value. The only useful informations on this book is the index of commonly used commands, sorted by topic; and a few introductory chapters.

If you prefer reading on paper and have a few bucks to spend, buy this book. Otherwise, stick on the good old man pages; often more accurate, up-to-date, and "grep-able"... And conveniently located on your screen, where you need it the most. Typing man is always faster than getting the book from the bookshelf, open the index and finally find the page.

Believe me, I own the book, I never use it. Internet + man are your best friends.
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This book is really excellent and first-class, putting all you need to know right at your fingertips. Not merely does it have a superb overview of Linux, it also has a concise guide to all the major commands in a Linux distribution. If you run Linux, you will find this book invaluable.
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Being a novice to Linux I did find this interesting, there is a load of information in here.
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Had Unix in a nutshell for some years - pages had started to fall out. As I work more with Linux these days, I purchased this book. Its Great - what more can I say
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