Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2005
Pages: 944

Over the last few years, Linux has grown both as an operating system and a tool for personal and business use. Simultaneously becoming more user friendly and more powerful as a back-end system, Linux has achieved new plateaus: the newer filesystems have solidified, new commands and tools have appeared and become standard, and the desktop--including new desktop environments--have proved to be viable, stable, and readily accessible to even those who don't consider themselves computer gurus.

Whether you're using Linux for personal software projects, for a small office or home office (often termed the SOHO environment), to provide services to a small group of colleagues, or to administer a site responsible for millions of email and web connections each day, you need quick access to information on a wide range of tools. This book covers all aspects of administering and making effective use of Linux systems. Among its topics are booting, package management, and revision control. But foremost in Linux in a Nutshell are the utilities and commands that make Linux one of the most powerful and flexible systems available.

Now in its fifth edition, Linux in a Nutshell brings users up-to-date with the current state of Linux. Considered by many to be the most complete and authoritative command reference for Linux available, the book covers all substantial user, programming, administration, and networking commands for the most common Linux distributions.

Comprehensive but concise, the fifth edition has been updated to cover new features of major Linux distributions. Configuration information for the rapidly growing commercial network services and community update services is one of the subjects covered for the first time.

But that's just the beginning. The book covers editors, shells, and LILO and GRUB boot options. There's also coverage of Apache, Samba, Postfix, sendmail, CVS, Subversion, Emacs, vi, sed, gawk, and much more. Everything that system administrators, developers, and power users need to know about Linux is referenced here, and they will turn to this book again and again.

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Good Book. But Examples needed

By Subhasis

from Kolkata

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand


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      Comments about oreilly Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition:

      Good Reference Book.
      But Examples of Command Execution
      needed for better understanding...its lacking.

      (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


      Printed man-pages

      By Johan

      from Sweden

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        • Useless

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        • Novice

        Comments about oreilly Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition:

        All this book provides is a printed version of the man pages (that you already got). This is just an American way of capitalizing on nothing useful!

        Not recommended.

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        Improved, Useful Quick Reference

        By Gregg A.

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        Comments about oreilly Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition:

        I have previously used the 2nd edition of Linux in a Nutshell. I thought it was a very handy tool then. The 5th edition is more comprehensive and better organized.

        The main Linux command set is now consolidated into one chapter. The book has a System Administration Overview, which interests me, but I have yet to explore it thoroughly. There are also chapters on boot methods, package management, BASH and KORN shells, EMACS, vi, sed, gawk, source code management, CVS, and Subversion version control.

        My own use of this book has been limited mostly to the command set reference and the vi sections. I have also done a little work using the Boot Methods chapter. I really like the layout of the command set. I think it is easier to read than it was in the earlier version of the book.

        I am by no means through exploring the other sections of Linux in a Nutshell. I think this is a very useful tool to have handy whether you are customizing an installation, or exploring the inner workings of Linux in general.

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