Sunday, September 16, 2012

"How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know" By Brian Ward, 1st Edition.

A fantastic introduction to the world of Linux

“How Linux Works” is a book that will appeal to users who want to have a greater and more in depth understanding of Linux.  The book covers many areas such as how to use the shell, learning how Linux boots, configuring your network, introducing scripts, maintaining the kernel, and many more.

Brian’s writing style is easy to follow and his transitions from one topic to the next are smooth.  I appreciate how the book is written in a second person point of view which allows the reader to be more engaged in the material.  I also like how there is an appendix at the end of the book with a list of the different commands for file management, system information, software development, and more.  To me, the only negative aspect of the book is that the book does not have any screenshots.

Keep in mind, the intention of this book is to get you to develop core understandings of Linux so that you can use the knowledge you learned in any Linux distribution whether it is Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat, or whatever Linux distribution you use.  Whether you are a casual Linux user or a system administrator, “How Linux Works” will be sure to enlighten you.


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