Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: March 2012
Pages: 230

If you use Linux in your day-to-day work, this popular pocket guide is the perfect on-the-job reference. The second edition has expanded from Fedora-only coverage to distro-neutral, with practical information on a wider range of commands requested by readers.

Linux Pocket Guide provides an organized learning path for Linux use, rather than Linux programming and system administration. You’ll find options for the most useful commands, grouped by functionality. For novices who need to get up to speed on Linux use, and experienced users who want a concise and functional reference, this guide provides quick answers.

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  • Helpful examples (4)
  • Accurate (3)
  • Concise (3)
  • Well-written (3)

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    5.0

    I've recommended to many of my students!

    By gwpl

    from Zurich, Switzerland

    About Me Algoritmican, Designer, Developer, Educator, Googler, Linux Developer, Maker, Site Reliability Engineer, Software Engineer, Sys Admin

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate
      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition:

      One of books I had always around when ramping up with my Linux experience.
      Later, as University teacher I was recommending as required book for Unix/Linux Labs.
      After all, I still like to have it around, even I've already got material, as It's so awesome book! Now I can have it always with me, thanks to electronic edition! :)

       
      4.0

      A great little reference book

      By Andrew

      from London, United Kingdom

      About Me Sys Admin

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Concise
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples
      • Well-written

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition:

        Perfect for when you want to remember particular commands, or common switches and use cases. Best few dollars I've spent in a while.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Linux Book

        By Dave

        from Rochester, NY

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        Pros

        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Helpful examples

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          Best Uses

          • Intermediate
          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition:

          As part of the O'Reilly Bloggers program I was able to review a copy of Daniel Barrett's "Linux Pocket Guide."

          Daniel writes this guide to be a reference. He covers many of the most important commands and options.

          In the introduction, the author describes some the basics of Linux – what a distro is and the difference between the command line and GUI. He then builds up the reader with knowledge of how the file system is laid out and how the shell works.

          The rest of the book is broken down by tasks one may want to accomplish. For example, Daniel has a section on "File Compression and Packaging." He discusses such commands with tar, gzip, gunzip, bzip2 and bunzip2. The discussions around the commands are set up much like man pages, but are easier to read and have well explained examples. He also includes a table of useful options.

          While not a comprehensive book of every command, option and examples, this guide offers a good reference for those that need to look up common commands.

          Here is the review on my blog: http://www.thelinuxgeek.org/posts/6

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          4.0

          One of the best Linux books ever

          By Fale

          from Milan, Italy

          About Me Developer

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          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

          Cons

          • GUI part

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          • Intermediate
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Linux Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition:

          This is one of my favorite book about Linux. Probably is the most favorite one. In the last years I've been looking for a book that was like a printed man with some more explanation and a rigid order. This book does all this plus something more (that I'd rather not having).

          I really liked the professional to professional user, since otherwise it would be much bigger and boring for pro users. I've to say that thanks to this the book is really small.

          The books says to cover Fedora but the 99% of the book fits perfectly any other Linux distribution.

          The only thing I dislike of this book is the GUI program part, since it seems to be there just to fill unused pages and not really useful.

          I really like Mr Barrett writing style. Is full of useful tips, everything is well organized and categorized and really easy to be read. Also I think Mr Barrett have done a great job in writing a short and hand-size book. A lot of "Pocket Guide" are simply huge, while this is exactly the right dimension.

          I've both the first and the second edition of the book and, I have to admin, is not really clear to me what they changed. I think they changed only small things since the new edition (2012) speaks about stuff that was current when the first edition become public (2004). Example of this are xv, grip and xmms.

          I think this is a really good book mainly for who is studying Linux or for who has already knowledge of it but sometimes (or usually, in my case) forgets the exact syntax or flag of the various CLI tools.

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