Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: September 2009
Pages: 944

Everything you need to know about Linux is in this book. Written by Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Robert Love, and Arnold Robbins -- people with years of active participation in the Linux community -- Linux in a Nutshell, Sixth Edition, thoroughly covers programming tools, system and network administration tools, the shell, editors, and LILO and GRUB boot loaders.

This updated edition offers a tighter focus on Linux system essentials, as well as more coverage of new capabilities such as virtualization, wireless network management, and revision control with git. It also highlights the most important options for using the vast number of Linux commands. You'll find many helpful new tips and techniques in this reference, whether you're new to this operating system or have been using it for years.

  • Get the Linux commands for system administration and network management
  • Use hundreds of the most important shell commands available on Linux
  • Understand the Bash shell command-line interpreter
  • Search and process text with regular expressions
  • Manage your servers via virtualization with Xen and VMware
  • Use the Emacs text editor and development environment, as well as the vi, ex, and vim text-manipulation tools
  • Process text files with the sed editor and the gawk programming language
  • Manage source code with Subversion and git
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    3.0

    Where is the treatment of LVM?

    By Dave K

    from Philadelphia, PA

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

    I'm disappointed, but more shocked that there is no treatment of any of the LVM toolkit. Logical Volumes, Volume Groups, and so on are a huge part of any modern Linux installation.

    The book was able to cover the basics of Source Code Management, which will not apply to non-developers. The book also covers Virtualization, which will most likely not be implemented without the use of LVs.

    So it seems to me that given the scope of the book, not covering the critical area of modern volume management is negligent. Hopefully that will be corrected in the next release.

     
    5.0

    Great book for beginners.

    By Steve

    from Sonoma County

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

      I am just starting to learn Linux and this book is. Great resource. Easy to use and understand.

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      4.0

      Great Resource but needs updating

      By MotorMount

      from RTP, NC

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

      I love this book. I use it on a daily basis. The only problem is it's a bit dated as far as the major distro's go. And I'm referring to my 6th edition copy. One of the glaring omissions I have seen in this book are the missing LVM commands. ALmost every major distro has LVM and as a System Administrator everybody uses them. Coverage of the ip command is good though and very helpful.

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      3.0

      More apt to call it "for newbies only"

      By Vjust

      from usa

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

      Why would this qualify as Oreilly's 5-star book ? Its a marketing gimmick (offering 50% off on so-called top titles).

      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      When is new edition out?

      By bloke from another planet

      from Austin, Tx

      About Me Designer, Developer, Educator, Maker, Sys Admin

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

        This is a great book, but I also only have a 2nd edition I bought years ago. Now 7th edition will come out- when? I want to take advantage of the buy 2 get 1 free offer since I am in a low budget and desperately trying to get back in the job market. Same for Running Linux! where is a new edition?

        (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My essential Linux reference

        By WGARIDER

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Developer, Sys Admin

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        Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

        Although I'm not an advanced user, I do work in Linux everyday. In spite of that repetition and daily reinforcement, this is the one book I use daily.

        Frankly, it's just not possible for me to remember all of the Linux commands. This is a user's guide that is more than useful; it's clearly written and all of the commands are covered in alphabetical order. I prefer having a handy reference volume versus sifting through Google search results. If you already have a basic understanding of using Linux and want a good book for looking up how specific commands work, then this is your reference manual. It's useful for beginner, intermediate, and the experienced user AND there's a comprehensive index of both topics and commands. Should you need more, you will have to refer to man pages!

        I found the chapter on virtualization a little light but that's probably best, given their complexity and depth. The chapters on Shells, Boot Methods and networking are great and offer enough detail to most folks off and running. The chapter on the various editors is well done and contains excellent detail; certainly enough to get you going with any of them. Package management was also presented well and helped me understand a good bit more about yum, after having used aptitude for years. I don't do much with sed, gawk or version control but the chapters on those technologies were understandable and will prove useful in the future.

        Overall, I find this book extremely valuable and it is one of those that I keep handy at all times. It is my essential Linux reference book.

        (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Classic Updated

        By Rick G.

        from Belfast ME

        About Me Linux Enthusiast

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Linux in a Nutshell, 6th Edition:

          The first thing that impresses you about Linux in a Nutshell, A Desktop Quick Reference is it's sheer bulk. Weighing in at more than nine hundred pages, this book is an amazing compilation of Gnu/Linux information.

          An alphabetical listing of commands with description of use and options is provided to enable fast lookup of commands when you can't remember the proper syntax and options for a particular command. This is the major feature of this reference and is encyclopedic in its coverage.

          I especially appreciate the additional sections that grouped commands used for specific functions or common programs. Just knowing the commands available for an system administration operation or a specific program can be a real time saver. Beginners will find this feature handy when they don't know what command they need.

          The chapter covering package managers will be helpful for those who use one package manager routinely and need to refresh their knowledge of the the one they seldom use. For instance, I use Debian distributions most of the the time these days and when I do use a RPM based distribution this section will come in handy.

          There are chapters that cover just about every aspect of system administration and development including boot loaders, the bash shell, different editors, gawk programming , version control and virtualization. In short something for everyone in a desktop reference!

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