How Linux Works
What Every Superuser Should Know
By Brian Ward
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: May 2004
Pages: 368

How Linux Works describes the inside of the Linux system for systems administrators, whether they maintain an extensive network in the office or one Linux box at home. Some books try to give you copy-and-paste instructions for how to deal with every single system issue that may arise, but How Linux Works actually shows you how the Linux system functions so that you can come up with your own solutions. After a guided tour of filesystems, the boot sequence, system management basics, and networking, author Brian Ward delves into open-ended topics such as development tools, custom kernels, and buying hardware, all from an administrator's point of view. With a mixture of background theory and real-world examples, this book shows both "how" to administer Linux, and "why" each particular technique works, so that you will know how to make Linux work for you.

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Great book for a general Linux study.

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If you are knowledgeable about computers in general, but don't know much about Linux, this is the book to get. It focuses on command line apps that are universal to linux and not distribution specific programs. This eases the reader into the linux environment and the book flows nicely from section to section. After reading this book, the reader will have a very good general idea of the inner workings of linux. With this book as a base, the reader can then diverge to other topics in more depth.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in linux, but have not had the experience to know the inner workings of the OS.

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