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Posted February 25, 2005
Simple book to get the DOS addicts to feel better with UNIX
This book is clear cut. It starts out rather boring, but makes up for it with a late chapter on using X11 and installing a few common Unix programs with Fink and then using those programs. In fact, one of those programs is Lynx, and anyone on dialup will vastly appreciate Lynx after some time using it. Basic commands like ls(dir in dos), cd(cd in dos), rm(del in dos), rmdir(deltree in dos), mkdir, are covered early, as well as pwd(~present working directory~) and although I don't remember if clear(cls in dos) was covered, I'll assume it was. Also, printing was well covered from the shell(command line), as well as some lite FTP in the shell(command prompt). Overall, the book covers everything a new user should know, while motivating them to want to know even more when they finish the book. And I don't want you to get me wrong, the book doesn't go over the equivalents in dos on everything; still, anyone who has used dos extensively will find this book of interest. In fact... they'll get a taste ever so slightly of how much more powerful unix is than dos, which in turn will only be quenched by a series of 500 page unix books where only the determined will walk happily away from.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.