Learning the UNIX Operating System
By Jerry Peek, John Strang, Grace Todino
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 1993
Pages: 108

If you are new to UNIX, this concise introduction will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Why wade through a 600-page book when you can begin working productively in a matter of minutes?

Topics covered include:

  • Logging in and logging outContents include:
  • Window systems (especially X/Motif)
  • Managing UNIX files and directories
  • Sending and receiving mail
  • Redirecting input/output
  • Pipes and filters
  • Background processing

This book is the most effective introduction to UNIX in print. The third edition provides increased coverage of window systems and networking. It's a handy book for someone just starting with UNIX, as well as someone who encounters a UNIX system as a "visitor" via remote login over the Internet.

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This is an excellent short guide that will definitely get any new user up and running in a unix environment without any prior knowledge. This book also works fairly well for the Linux newbie as well. Distributing a copy of this book might be well worth the money and time it might save network administrators time and effort in educating the new user.

One should not expect it to cover more advance topic such as administration or networking. But basically on basic concepts on how to navigate the system, run programs, multi-task, and file management. It concludes with a nice pointer to additional references and directions if the reader chooses to become a power user.

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