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Linux in a Nutshellby Ellen Siever
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Everything you need to know about Linux is in this book. Written by Stephen Figgins, Ellen Siever, Robert Love, and Arnold Robbins — people with years of active participation in the Linux community — Linux in a Nutshell, Sixth Edition, thoroughly covers programming tools, system and network administration tools, the shell, editors, and LILO and GRUB boot loaders.
Book News Annotation:
This book is intended to be used as a quick Linux reference rather than a step-by-step instruction manual. This updated sixth edition of this well-regarded book includes more specifics on Linux system essentials and more discussion on the program's new capabilities. The authors address Linux commands, boot methods, package management, the Bash shell, the Emacs editor, a variety of editors, the gawk programming language, source code management, and more. Authors are Siever (writer and editor, Linux and other open source specialist), Figgins (Linux server administrator), Love (Linux kernel and GNOME contributor), and Robbins (programmer, technical author). Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Linux books enjoy steady sales, with $4 million in revenue in 2008, and just shy of $1 million during the first quarter of 2009, according to BookScan. The Linux operating system is a major player in the IT world, with Linux server clusters driving Google, Amazon.com, and even Oracle. Current top-selling O'Reilly books in the category include Linux Pocket Guide (9780596006280) and Understanding the Linux Kernel, Third Edition (9780596005658).
The latest update of the most thorough — and essential — reference for Linux users, the sixth edition covers new technologies, including wireless networks. Highly popular since its debut in 1997, "Linux in a Nutshell" remains a must-have reference in the Linux canon. The sixth edition incorporates new commands, and covers programming tools, system and network administration tools, editors, and shells. Users will also find complete information on associated applications such as Apache, Samba, Postfix, sendmail, Subversion, Emacs, vi, sed, gawk, and many more.
O'Reilly's Pocket Guides have earned a reputation as inexpensive, comprehensive, and compact guides that have the stuff but not the fluff. Every page of Linux Pocket Guide lives up to this billing. It clearly explains how to get up to speed quickly on day-to-day Linux use. Once you're up and running, Linux Pocket Guide provides an easy-to-use reference that you can keep by your keyboard for those times when you want a fast, useful answer, not hours in the man pages.
Linux Pocket Guide is organized the way you use Linux: by function, not just alphabetically. It's not the 'bible of Linux; it's a practical and concise guide to the options and commands you need most. 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 clear examples. You'll learn each command's purpose, usage, options, location on disk, and even the RPM package that installed it.
The Linux Pocket Guide is tailored to Fedora Linux--the latest spin-off of Red Hat Linux--but most of the information applies to any Linux system.
Throw in a host of valuable power user tips and a friendly and accessible style, and you'll quickly find this practical, to-the-point book a small but mighty resource for Linux users.
About the Author
Ellen Siever is a writer and editor specializing in Linux and other open source topics. In addition to Linux in a Nutshell, she coauthored Perl in a Nutshell. She is a long-time Linux and Unix user, and was a programmer for many years until she decided that writing about computers was more fun.
Stephen Figgins honed many of his computer skills while working as O'Reilly's book answer guy. A life long learner with many interests, Stephen draws on many resources to make difficult topics understandable and accessible.
Robert Love has been a Linux user and hacker since the early days. He is active in--and passionate about--the Linux kernel and GNOME desktop communities. His recent contributions to the Linux kernel include work on the kernel event layer and inotify. GNOME-related contributions include Beagle, GNOME Volume Manager, NetworkManager, and Project Utopia. Currently, Robert works in the Open Source Program Office at Google.
Arnold Robbins, an Atlanta native, is a professional programmer and technical author. He has worked with Unix systems since 1980, when he was introduced to a PDP-11 running a version of Sixth Edition Unix. He has been a heavy AWK user since 1987, when he became involved with gawk, the GNU project's version of AWK. As a member of the POSIX 1003.2 balloting group, he helped shape the POSIX standard for AWK. He is currently the maintainer of gawk and its documentation. He is also coauthor of the sixth edition of O'Reilly's Learning the vi Editor. Since late 1997, he and his family have been living happily in Israel.
Table of Contents
PrefaceChapter 1: IntroductionChapter 2: System and Network Administration OverviewChapter 3: Linux CommandsChapter 4: Boot MethodsChapter 5: Package ManagementChapter 6: The Bash ShellChapter 7: Pattern MatchingChapter 8: The Emacs EditorChapter 9: The vi, ex, and vim EditorsChapter 10: The sed EditorChapter 11: The gawk Programming LanguageChapter 12: Source Code Management: An OverviewChapter 13: The Subversion Version Control SystemChapter 14: The Git Version Control SystemChapter 15: Virtualization Command-Line ToolsColophon
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