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Linux Journal: LINUX Administration for Dummies [Book Review]

Apr 30, 2000, 02:35 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Harvey Friedman)

"After reading this book, I'm not sure I know any answers. In fact, I think the best feature of the book is that several times the author refers to Linux for Dummies, 2nd Edition to find basic information. The book lacks organization, the highlighted examples often have the wrong fonts for the computer/user dialog, and sections often contain contradictory paragraphs. In general, the writing style is obnoxious."

"It would appear that the author either never heard of (or never used) the commands more or less except in the MS-DOS piping sense. In a few instances, despite admonishing the reader not to change anything in the file they want to view (as part of the example), he encourages using vi to view, despite warning that it may be tricky to use. It is just too easy for the beginner to err when using vi as root on a live system."

"Overall, I think the bulk of this book was a reworked version of a UNIX system administration book from roughly five years ago. For someone who has never been previously exposed to system administration or network administration, looking up buzzwords from this book on a web browser might actually be helpful. Anyone who set up their Linux box following Linux for Dummies, 2nd Edition, or Linux for the Compleat Idiot, or The No BS Guide to Linux will probably be disappointed if they move on to this book. I don't understand how two reviewers on Amazon.com could give this book four stars out of five. I'd give it one star out of five, at best."

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