LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2010
Pages: 524

Linux deployment continues to increase, and so does the demand for qualified and certified Linux system administrators. If you're seeking a job-based certification from the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), this updated guide will help you prepare for the technically challenging LPIC Level 1 Exams 101 and 102.

The third edition of this book is a meticulously researched reference to these exams, written by trainers who work closely with LPI. You'll find an overview of each exam, a summary of the core skills you need, review questions and exercises, as well as a study guide, a practice test, and hints to help you focus.

Major topics include:

  • Critical GNU and Unix commands
  • Linux installation and package management
  • Devices and filesystems
  • Text editing, processing, and printing
  • The X Window System
  • Networking and security
  • Mail transfer agents
  • Email, FTP, and web services

These exams are for junior to mid-level Linux administrators with about two years of practical system administration experience. You should be comfortable with Linux at the command line and capable of performing simple tasks, including system installation and troubleshooting.

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      4.0

      mistake at page 17

      By ali

      from some wher in asia

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

          I think terse a mistake at page 17 under the EXAMPLE
          here is the note in the book :
          "in this example lsmod command fails because ... "

          i think this is the right sentence :
          "in this example rmmod command fails because ... "

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good but...

          By tfeserver

          from Hendaye

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

          Good book, but the mistakes in the practice questions part make him not as good as i thought at first...

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Under par

          By Peter Pan

          from Beijing, China

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          Pros

          • Updated material

          Cons

          • Too many errors

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

          It seems this is the most official book we can buy to help us get LPIC1. But the quality is under par. I only read Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9, so my point may not be very complete.

          Today's Linux environment is diverse. The command examples do not tell us the distribution and version. At least they are different from my Ubuntu and Fedora. Please do point out the differences between different distributions. Or tell us to which distributions these examples apply.

          I went straight to the practice test in Chapter 9. I printed out the questions and tested myself. After that when I looked at the answered provided in the book, I find many technical errors in the answer as well as in the questions. You may look at the erratas many have submitted.

          If this is some fanboy's blog posts, the errors are tolerable. But this is a book that people pays money for. Please spend more time on the book and make it less errors and more useful.

          Guys, if you are finding materials for LPIC, I highly recommend Mr. Ian Shields articles at IBM Developworks. They are much great than this book.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Highly effective guide!

          By robb888

          from New Mexico

          Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

          This book was just what I needed. I love the In A Nutshell format. It's not just a reference, it's a guide.

          (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          No lpi-2

          By Han

          from Netherlands

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          • Easy to understand
          • Well-written

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          • Too basic

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

          While ordering the book I assumed that the new version would cover lpi-2 as well as the previous versions did. I want to get lpi-2 certified.
          It turned out that it doesn't. Very disappointing.
          I have to use version 2 again and see what changed with the new exams myself.

          (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Glad I didn't preorder

          By Johnny Lo

          from Serbia, EU

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

          I wanted to preorder this for my LPIC-2 exam since it was updated and I have the second edition. But there IS no LPIC-2 coverage in this book.
          So, basically, it is half the content of ed. 2.
          It is a good book if you ONLY want to prepare for LPIC-1 though, and so was the second ed.

          (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          What happened to coverage of LPIC-2??

          By Matt

          from Atlanta, GA

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                Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

                I was excited about receiving this book, as previous versions were the ONLY ones to cover the LPIC-2 requirements. I had assumed that since the LPIC-2 requirements had been updated, this new 3rd edition would cover the latest LPIC-2. I was wrong. The 3rd edition dropped coverage of LPIC-2 entirely. Previous versions of this book were (and remain) the ONLY books in publication that covered LPIC-2. Why O'Reilly decided to drop LPIC-2 coverage, I have no idea. I am highly unimpressed.

                (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Just get version 2

                By extendedping

                from new york, new york

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

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                • Not enough new to justify

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                  Comments about O'Reilly Media LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition:

                  I have hardcopy of the second version, I got this version because I liked the second version book so much. With version 3 I only found a few cosmetic changes, a few adds (using yum) a few drops (no info on compiling from source) and of course you are missing half a book. Even if you are just going for the first level tests, why not get the info for the second version as well (which you get in version 2)? cause lets face it, it is a big book either way, so carrying it is a pain even with the smaller version 3.

                  Anyway it is a book up to typical oreilly standards. I give it 3 stars because for the dough, its really half the book its predecessor was, and not really any better in the half that does exist...

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