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