Learning the Unix Operating System, 5th Edition
A Concise Guide for the New User
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2001
Pages: 176

If you are new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Unix was one of the first operating systems written in C, a high-level programming language, and its natural portability and low price made it a popular choice among universities. Initially, two main dialects of Unix existed: one produced by AT&T known as System V, and one developed at UC Berkeley and known as BSD. In recent years, many other dialects have been created, including the highly popular Linux operating system and the new Mac OS X (a derivative of BSD).Learning the Unix Operating System is a handy book for someone just starting with Unix or Linux, and it's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users of the Internet who need to know a little about Unix on the systems they visit. The fifth edition is the most effective introduction to Unix in print, covering Internet usage for email, file transfers, web browsing, and many major and minor updates to help the reader navigate the ever-expanding capabilities of the operating system:

  • In response to the popularity of Linux, the book now focuses on the popular bash shell preferred by most Linux users.
  • Since the release of the fourth edition, the Internet and its many functions has become part of most computer user's lives. A new chapter explains how to use ftp, pine for mail, and offers useful knowledge on how to surf the web.
  • Today everyone is concerned about security. With this in mind, the author has included tips throughout the text on security basics, especially in the Internet and networking sections.
The book includes a completely updated quick reference card to make it easier for the reader to access the key functions of the command line.
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Great for the beginner

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This is a great place to start for the true Unix newbie. I'm a sys admin on Windows and now am having to learn Unix which has been made easier thanks to this book. It's good because it gives you things to do to build up confidence in your usage of the command, better than just reading alone in my opinion. Let me stress this is for true beginners only who have little to no Unix\Linux experience.

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Confusing, poorly written, waste of time.

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If they had used some of the space taken up for phrases like 'we don't have room in this little book to explain' they would have had space to do a better job of explaining many of the terms. And EIGHT pages on the Pine Mail system plus four on the Usenet news!

Overall, some good information wrapped up in an confusing and frustrating to read book.

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This is a good first book for UNIX beginners. It is not too comprehensive, you will be able to start with using UNIX quickly and easily. The use of examples, screenshots and illustrations together with a step by step list of commands to do throughout the book prove to be a very valuable feature for the UNIX beginners so they could better understand what should happen and appear when they click or type something. It also covers problems and errors a user might encounter and gives some useful information why they got that error and how to deal with them. Buy this book if you really are new to UNIX!

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2003 is the year of the owl! I picked up this book and am loving it so far. Unequivically the best book I have put my eyes and hands on. I have been using windows since 1996 and wanted to embark on the Unix journey but coulda never get any traction. This book has inspired me to install Red hat Linux over my Windows XP and I'm never goingback thanks to this book. It's the year of the Owl in Houston! Woot Woot!

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This was and still is the best Unix introduction you can buy.

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My student has stopped asking me simple questions since I bought it for him, also my manager and a co-worker decided to get a copy so thats 1 happy non reader and 3 happy readers!

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