Linux in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) Paperback – 6 Aug 2005
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From the Publisher
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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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