Linux Utilities Cookbook
By James R Lewis
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: October 2013
Pages: 224

In Detail Linux is a stable, reliable and extremely powerful operating system. It has been around for many years, however, most people still don't know what it can do and the ways it is superior to other operating systems. Many people want to get started with Linux for greater control and security, but getting started can be time consuming and complicated.

A practical, hands-on guide that provides you with a number of clear step-by-step examples to help you solve many of the questions that crop up when using an operating system you may not be familiar with.

Presenting solutions to the most common Linux problems in a clear and concise way, this helpful guide starts with spicing up the terminal sessions by command retrieval and line editing, and shell prompt variables. We will then get to know the different desktops (GUIs) available for Linux systems and which is the best fit for you. We will then explore the world of managing files and directories, connectivity, and what to do when it goes wrong. We will also learn a range of skills, from creating and managing user accounts to securing your system, managing and limiting processes, and letting information flow from one process to another using pipes. Later, we will master disk management, working with scripts and automating tasks quickly, and finally, understand the need for a custom kernel and tips on how to build one.

Based on the author's extensive experience, there is a section on best practices that every Linux user should be familiar with.

Approach A Cookbook-style guide packed with examples and illustrations, it offers organized learning through recipes and step-by-step instructions. The book is designed so that you can pick exactly what you need, when you need it.

Who this book is for Written for anyone that would like to familiarize themselves with Linux. This book is perfect migrating from Windows to Linux and will save your time and money, learn exactly how to and where to begin working with Linux and troubleshooting in easy steps.

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


    Best Uses

    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about oreilly Linux Utilities Cookbook:

    I am using this as a complement to Sobell's "Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise" text. Having reached an age where learning new ideas is unexpected hence ungraded I'm slowly coming to an understanding of at least one aspect of the mysterious world of programming and its relationship to the hardware.
    Very helpful book and great service from Oreilly as per usual.


    Very good Linux book

    By Nufuk

    from Stuttgart Germany

    Comments about oreilly Linux Utilities Cookbook:

    The Book covers a wide range of skillsets. It starts with the introduction to people, which never used a Linux system before and ends with an introduction how you can make a custom Kernel. Depending
    on your experience with Linux you can skip a few of the early chapters or stick to the first few chapters. But even if you are familiar with
    the various Linux systems a quick look at all the "beginner" chapters got me a few easy tricks for my daily work, which I never knew.
    The style of the author is very pleasing and it is obvious, that he knows what he is talking about. After the half of the book the complexits
    increases and the beginner section ends.  The advanced Process and Filesystem utilities get explained and a brief introduciton into the
    scripting ability of the best operating System ever and also a short perl script introduction (but if you have no experience with scripting I guess the
    Perl part is a bit to vague). The Cron chapter is nice, but due to the nature of the crontab, there is nothing spectacular to explain. The
    Kernel Chapter, which is the last one, was the most interesting for me. I use now Linux for several years but but every chapter had at least a
    small information or tipp which was usefull. So I can fully recommend this book to anyone, but as a summary:
    - If you have no experience you will enjoy the first few chapters and will probably get a bit lost in the last few chapters (don't worry you
    will enjoy them after you used Linux for a while) 
    - intermediate user will enjoy every chapter (maybe not the Desktop chapter ;D )
    - experienced user will have the most benefit from the last few chapters

    So if you are interested in learning Linux or increase your knowledge, than this book is ideal for you. If compiling a Kernel is your every day
    work, then you will be bored and should get something else. A good addition is a book about Zsh, though it is not very spread, Zsh
    is the more powerfull shell.


    Great for Beginners

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    from Roanoke, VA


    • Accurate
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    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written


      Best Uses

      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Linux Utilities Cookbook:

      This book is awesome for getting your Linux skills, learning a new thing or three, and as a reference. From just learning the command line, to scripting and automation, and more it explains everything. It's easy to understand, and quick to read. Even when your done with it i would keep it around for reference and to lend to friends (If you know any other nerds).

      I would recommend this book to anyone looking to get into the Linux world, or if they are already in it to widen and strengthen their abilities.

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