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3rd Ed has NO CD-ROM! Is it worth getting?
on 13 October 2000
OK, 2nd ed was a classic. It's the only non-O'Reilly book universally posessed by all sysadmins I know. Is 3rd ed as good? If you deal with legacy systems, 2nd Ed deals with them more closely, since it covers Solaris, HP-UK, IRIX, OSF/1, and BSDI, while 3rd Ed deals only with Red Hat Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and FreeBSD. Also, 2nd ed is cheaper, and comes with a CD-ROM. If you don't have 2nd ed, I'd recommend getting that instead. If you already have 2nd Ed, is 3rd Ed worth getting? Well, yes. I think so. But remember, it has no CD-ROM, it costs a bomb, and it's repeating much of what you already have. If you're a sysadmin, it's your job - grin and bear it, buy the book, and enjoy the updated info on OSes, NIS, NFS, etc. Bottom line: 2nd ed gave you a lot more bang for your buck.