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Linux in a Nutshell

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Over the last few years, Linux has grown both as an operating system and a tool for personal and business use. Simultaneously becoming more user friendly and more powerful as a back-end system, Linux has achieved new plateaus: the newer filesystems have solidified, new commands and tools have appeared and become standard, and the desktop--including new desktop environments ...more
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 925 pages
Published August 6th 2005 by O'Reilly Media (first published 1999)
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Apr 28, 2016 André rated it did not like it
The title "Linux in a Nutshell" is misleading

Rather than explaining Linux – the kernel, OS concepts etc. –, the authors cover the command line userland: 95 percent of this book consist of shortened Man-pages. So take it as a command reference only, which helps you oversee available commands or in the event of missing Man-files and Internet access, which is sometimes likely with embedded-distributions.

Apart from this, it doesn't get you anywhere and you won't use it in your job once you've learn
Eric Farmer
Jun 14, 2013 Eric Farmer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Friends and Co-Workers that use Linux.
Shelves: work-related

As a network admin. I find this book very useful as a reference. With so many linux commands and options, no one can memorize all of them.

It's fairly easy to find what I'm looking for in it. It would probably be faster if I had a digital version so I could use the find function. But with a paperback copy, it's easier to bonk myself in the head after I bork something up. :)
May 21, 2010 Wgarider rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition is on 6th edition of this book.....

Although I'm not an advanced user, I do work with Linux everyday. In spite of that repetition and daily reinforcement, this is the one book I reference most often.

Frankly, it's just not possible for me to remember all of the Linux commands. This is a user's guide that is more than useful; it's clearly written and all of the commands are covered in alphabetical order. I prefer having a handy reference volume versus sifting through Google search resul
Feb 25, 2014 reality rated it really liked it
Rather large nutshell. A little out of date, but good stuff.
Sep 17, 2015 Mohamed rated it it was amazing
this a perfect book
Oct 06, 2012 Scott rated it it was amazing
A great learning and reference book for Linux systems. This book goes into great detail on techniques for pattern matching and line by line processing with psuedo-programming languages like sed and gawk, and also covers some of the editing systems useful on both fully powered development environments and minimal command prompt only systems.
Jack Repenning
Like all O'Reilly Nutshell books, this is clear, readable, and human. The subject field, "Linux," however seems to be too big to fit "in a nutshell," and the treatment comes up a little shallow. Enough coverage for a tutorial, I guess, but in the Nutshell style level that promises more.
Good for a basic command reference, but if you're looking for an in-depth, action-packed command list, this is not the book to get.
Kevin Browder
Jul 14, 2012 Kevin Browder rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not for the uninitiated Linux user, but a very good reference for those who enjoy using the CLI.
Jan 25, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every bash and Linux system command anyone could possibly need is in this book.
Aug 11, 2011 Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better core Linux references
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Excellent reference to Linux
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