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How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know

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How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether they maintain an extensive network in the office or one Linux box at home. Some books try to give you copy-and-paste instructions for how to deal with every single system issue that may arise, but How Linux Works actually shows you how the Linux system functions so that you can com ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 24th 2004 by No Starch Press (first published May 1st 2004)
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For making a book about Linux only ~340 pages long, it's hard to find one this complete and educational. Out of the dozens of books I've bought on Linux, this is the one I keep turning to over and over again.

True, with the more recent live-cd's and other gadgets made for the general public, you may not use some of the things written in this book (old utilities, &c) but it really has everything you should know to maintain and develop on these systems.

Especially if you're going to install Linu
A good book, neither too advanced nor too basic. However, even thought I'm not a super advanced Linux user myself, there are not so many things that this book had to offer.

One thing I certainly missed was more complete examples of commands and more hands on tasks for the reader.
Laura Stone
I've been reading quite a few books on Linux recently, and this one has been the most comprehensive and technical. It was actually a bit of a challenge for me to get through, and I took a lot of notes.

The author does not always articulate himself as clearly as I would like, but it covered a lot of concepts relevant to the LPIC-1 exam (including the boot process, bash scripting, libraries, managing files, etc.) plus more, and did so in far greater depth than a lot of the other material I've been
Another great title published by No Starch Press. If you are a Linux power user, Brian definitely knows how to properly feed your desire to know more about what’s happening under the hood, without getting into the details of titles such as The Linux Programming Interface or Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment. Easy to read and follow, it’s a long long talk about many of the topics that make Linux what it is today.

I don’t remember a single tech book published by No Starch Press that did
Anton Antonov
Whether you're a enthusiast, student, employed software developer or sys admin - this book will do you good. As a software developer, I loved the shell scripting and networking chapters. I learnt a lot in a well organized way and know what else to read, since through the chapters, you'll find a lot of paragraphs where the author recommends books that will help you learn more about the topic(s).

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Went through this over a couple of days at a new job where I'll need to be a bit more competent with Linux. I'm not exactly a newbie but nowhere near an expert, so I think I picked this up at the right time. It's a great overview and answered a lot of questions I'd developed. Also very well-organized, and a good mix of depth and breadth. Makes it easy to skim through things you're already comfortable with or areas that seem out-of-scope for what you need to do.
A reference book for Linux. Cool for IT guys.
Alex Kitchens
This book is a great introduction to understanding the insides of Linux. While it's dated(written in 2005), I learned enough to get a grasp of the Linux structure. Part of me wishes I had waited until November to read the new edition! Great book.
Just an outstanding book so far, but try as he may, there are just some subjects that you can't read for over 100 pages at a time and not pass out.
Makes a good reference book but is not a cover-to-cover course on Linux. Excellent coverage of the index.
Apr 01, 2007 mcburton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: newish linux dorks
Shelves: reference
This is a great book for the linux/unix'er who is not a newb, but not yet a ninja.
Paul Childs
Good book. Even though it is an older book it still is helpful.
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