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Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming

Jan 01, 2010, 02:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Pyles)

"The reviews on the first edition of this book were overwhelmingly favorable, so you'd expect Sobell's second edition to be at least on par. What I want to know before handing over my hard earned green, is why I should buy the second edition? What has changed so much in the world of Linux in 4 or 5 years that makes a difference? With those questions in mind and tome in hand, off I went in pursuit of the answers.

"The back cover blurb touts the advantages of this book, including the fact that it includes both system administration info and programming data; material that is usually archived in two different books (with the idea that system admins and programmers don't live in the same universe). Another advantage is that the book is "distro agnostic", meaning that it doesn't favor Ubuntu and other Debian-esque flavors vs. Fedora and other Red Hat variants. Surprisingly, though I suppose it shouldn't be, info on Mac administration is also included (and why not...go back far enough and the common ancient ancestor is UNIX). But what's new?

"Gold dust was discovered in the Preface in the New in this edition section."

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