How Linux Works, 2nd Edition
What Every Superuser Should Know
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 392

Unlike some operating systems, Linux doesn't try to hide the important bits from you—it gives you full control of your computer. But to truly master Linux, you need to understand its internals, like how the system boots, how networking works, and what the kernel actually does.

In this completely revised second edition of the perennial best seller How Linux Works, author Brian Ward makes the concepts behind Linux internals accessible to anyone curious about the inner workings of the operating system. Inside, you'll find the kind of knowledge that normally comes from years of experience doing things the hard way. You'll learn:

  • How Linux boots, from boot loaders to init implementations (systemd, Upstart, and System V)
  • How the kernel manages devices, device drivers, and processes
  • How networking, interfaces, firewalls, and servers work
  • How development tools work and relate to shared libraries
  • How to write effective shell scripts
You'll also explore the kernel and examine key system tasks inside user space, including system calls, input and output, and filesystems. With its combination of background, theory, real-world examples, and patient explanations, How Linux Works will teach you what you need to know to solve pesky problems and take control of your operating system.
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5.0

The whole truth in 392 pages

By MartinTh

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    Comments about oreilly How Linux Works, 2nd Edition:

    After 10 years of DOS and 20 years of Windows as a user, tinkerer, programmer and admin, this is the book I chose when switching to GNU/Linux one year ago. Excellent overview, coverage of infrastructure is second to none.

    Highly recommended.

     
    5.0

    A wealth of practical information, presented clearly

    By JM

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      Comments about oreilly How Linux Works, 2nd Edition:

      "How Linux Works 2/e" presents a wealth of genuinely-useful practical information on both the user-visible side of Linux and the behind other scenes innards of the OS. The book is well-organised and systematic. Strongly recommended for someone wishing to move from a casual user of Linux to being more of a power user.

       
      5.0

      It is good

      By Peki

      from UK

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        Comments about oreilly How Linux Works, 2nd Edition:

        I would say the book has just enough information to get you started with the Linux.

         
        4.0

        Great for the linux power user

        By Frank de Groot - Schouten

        from Utrecht, the Netherlands

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        As a former Windows developer I found my Linux knowledge lacking. This book helped me get to know Linux better besides the Unix background, hacking and Googling for answers.

         
        5.0

        An exceptional linux book

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          Comments about oreilly How Linux Works, 2nd Edition:

          A very well written book describing very well
          the linux internals

          To author:Mission accomplished!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Practical and in-depth

          By Frank de Groot - Schouten

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            Bought this book to become a Linux power user without having to scrape the forums and how to-sites for useful information. Also covers basic command-line usage concisely, but I already have experience with it so that doesn't bother me.

             
            5.0

            Really well done!

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              This book lays it an out in a sensible order that builds a strong foundation first, then up from there. I feel like I'm in good hands, and will be able to handle Debian/BeagleBone with no fear after following through this book.

               
              5.0

              great book

              By Judith user of Linux, Ubuntu

              from Lower Mainland, BC

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              reference and read

               
              5.0

              As expected

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                Comments about oreilly How Linux Works, 2nd Edition:

                It's a reference work and as such serves its purpose.

                 
                5.0

                Linux very well explained

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                  Very well written and laid out for easy access to commands not often used

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