Linux Pocket Guide

Linux Pocket Guide

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by Daniel J. Barrett
     
 

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If you're looking for a quick guide to Linux, you've found it. The Linux Pocket Guide covers the most useful and important parts of day-to-day Linux in a concise and friendly style to get you working productively in no time. The Linux Pocket Guide is both a quick reference for experienced users and a guided tour for beginners. It starts with general concepts like…  See more details below

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If you're looking for a quick guide to Linux, you've found it. The Linux Pocket Guide covers the most useful and important parts of day-to-day Linux in a concise and friendly style to get you working productively in no time. The Linux Pocket Guide is both a quick reference for experienced users and a guided tour for beginners. It starts with general concepts like files and directories, the shell, and X windows, and then presents detailed overviews of the most essential commands, with examples. You'll learn each command's purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it. Commands are grouped by function, not just alphabetically, to provide an organized learning path. This book is tailored to Fedora Linux -- the latest spinoff of Red Hat Linux -- but most of the information applies to any Linux system. If you need to get up-to-speed quickly on practical Linux use, or want a short, functional reference by your side, the Linux Pocket Guide is for you.

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Linux's popularity continues to grow owing to its lower cost and better security. Multiple flavors and uses of the OS lead to multiple guides; those listed here mainly cover the popular licensed Red Hat Enterprise and freely downloadable Fedora, both distributed by Red Hat. Pocket Guide explains the common commands (organized by function), uses, and options of Fedora Linux, focusing on the command line; minimal attention is given to graphical interfaces. A succinct reference for larger libraries owning more comprehensive guides. For beginners, Learning Red Hat Enterprise addresses both Red Hat Enterprise and Fedora and includes the smaller publisher's edition of Fedora on CD. After an introduction and history, the book moves from installing the operating system to setting up networking and understanding shell scripts. This clear, well-organized guide is highly recommended for all libraries. For intermediate users, Linux Unwired mixes two hot topics in one short text, showing with humor and enthusiasm how to use Linux with several wireless protocols and standards, including 802.11, Bluetooth, cellular data, and GPS. The authors explain how wireless works as well as how to set up your Linux box for wireless and create your own access point. Given the increased popularity of both Linux and wireless in addition to the increased complexity of configuring wireless on Linux this is recommended for medium and larger libraries. Moving includes Knoppix on CD-ROM, which allows readers to run a Debian-based Linux distribution without installing it on their hard drives, plus open source application software. It targets Microsoft administrators wanting to switch their business networks to a Linux environment, covering both system administration for the most common distributions and applications (e.g., OpenOffice.org, Mozilla, and KOrganizer) and focusing on the KDE desktop; for larger libraries. For beginners, Beginning Fedora 2 contains the publisher's edition on DVD (or downloadable for readers without DVD drives). Step-by-step instructions, chapter summaries, and exercises help teach the OS. A little more comprehensive but less clear than Learning Red Hat; appropriate for medium and larger libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596006280
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/08/2004
Series:
Pocket Guide: Essential Commands Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
4.38(w) x 7.11(h) x 0.44(d)

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Meet the Author

Daniel J. Barrett has been immersed in Internet technology since 1985. Currently working as a software engineer, Dan has also been a heavy metal singer, Unix system administrator, university lecturer, web designer, and humorist. He is the author of O'Reilly's Linux Pocket Guide, and he is the coauthor of Linux Security Cookbook, and SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide.

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Linux Pocket Guide 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This well organized handy pocket guide provides fast access to the general Linux commands for various tasks. Tasks that are covered include directory operations, file commands, locating files, backups, viewing & controlling processes, web browsing, email, and network connections. There are lots of commands listed here. This small pocket book is just the thing when you need fast access to a specific command. All commands are grouped by function with their syntax and a brief explanation of what they do. The end of the book covers a short how to on shell programming.
MainCore More than 1 year ago
A must for every person working with Linux systems even for those with very little experience. Not an advanced guide, but it covers all the basics of using Linux via commands.
Vadim More than 1 year ago
O'Reilly pockets guide are the great. I can get all the info from the internet and really do not need to purchase a book, however, the pocket ghuides save me many times when I forgot some command and need quick touch. yes man will do the same but if books will give you mor eoptions...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Linux Pocket Guide is good basic information and written in a clear and easy to understand format. With this book on the Nook, I have the reference material with me all the time.
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