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About.com: Book Review: Linux in a Nutshell, 3rd edition

Dec 02, 2000, 22:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

"The most problematic aspect of writing books about "Linux" as a blanket topic has always been in deciding just where Linux ends and applications and distributions begin. In what now seems like the distant past, Linux was considered a "Unix-like" operating system, while more recently Linux has been positioned as a streamlined desktop/server for the PC platform in the vein of (and as a competitor to) Windows NT."

"Linux in a Nutshell takes the former approach: it continues to treat Linux as a Unix-like operating system, primarily focusing on console and shell-based use, including the several hundred commands located in the sometimes forgotten /bin trees outside of /usr/X11R6. Indeed, the authors and editors of this text have done an excellent job of deciding just what it means for Linux to be Unix-like."

"Linux in a Nutshell, 3rd edition is purely for the technical or experienced user who wants a quick, index-based reference to nearly everything that makes the "core" of the Linux operating system. If you're looking for a fast flip-through reference for use in the trenches, Linux in a Nutshell still holds the crown."

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