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Linux Utilities Cookbook by James Kent Lewis
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Feb 27, 2014

it was amazing

The Book covers a wide range of skillsets. It starts with the introduction to people, which never used a Linux system before and ends with an introduction how you can make a custom Kernel. Depending
on your experience with Linux you can skip a few of the early chapters or stick to the first few chapters. But even if you are familiar with
the various Linux systems a quick look at all the "beginner" chapters got me a few easy tricks for my daily work, which I never knew.
The style of the author is very pleasing and it is obvious, that he knows what he is talking about. After the half of the book the complexits
increases and the beginner section ends.  The advanced Process and Filesystem utilities get explained and a brief introduciton into the
scripting ability of the best operating System ever and also a short perl script introduction (but if you have no experience with scripting I guess the
Perl part is a bit to vague). The Cron chapter is nice, but due to the nature of the crontab, there is nothing spectacular to explain. The
Kernel Chapter, which is the last one, was the most interesting for me. I use now Linux for several years but but every chapter had at least a
small information or tipp which was usefull. So I can fully recommend this book to anyone, but as a summary:
- If you have no experience you will enjoy the first few chapters and will probably get a bit lost in the last few chapters (don't worry you
will enjoy them after you used Linux for a while) 
- intermediate user will enjoy every chapter (maybe not the Desktop chapter ;D )
- experienced user will have the most benefit from the last few chapters

So if you are interested in learning Linux or increase your knowledge, than this book is ideal for you. If compiling a Kernel is your every day
work, then you will be bored and should get something else. A good addition is a book about Zsh, though it is not very spread, Zsh
is the more powerfull shell.

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