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You are going to learn about Linux abstraction layers and the clear difference between the kernel and the userspace.
Chapter 2 This second chapter is very useful for Linux beginners to accommodate with some basic, yet extremely useful, Linux commands, utilities and shell pipes and filters. Chapter 3 The third chapter is dedicated to Linux devices.
The chapter covers in details all device types, from hard disks to USB and terminals. Chapter 4 The fourth chapter talks about disk partitions and various Linux File Systems. The inode concept is very well explained too. Chapter 7 This chapters is dedicated to system configuration. Chapter 8 This chapter is one of the most important ones since it covers everything you need to know about Linux processes.
You will learn to use ps and lsof for both process and thread monitoring. From CPU to memory, you will learn that Linux offers a great variety of resource monitoring tools. Unless you are a. Chapter 9 This chapter is an introduction to networking and you can skip it if you already know networking basics. You can also learn about Linux routing, but unless you are a system administrator, you are not going to need this on your daily job. You are going to learn about network monitoring, using lsof, tcpdump and port scanning.
I bought the paperback copy of the second edition of How Linux Works and read it with pleasure while commuting. I read the book while attending the Operating Systems and Computer N I can say with confidence that this is one of the most useful books I have ever read as a beginner.
I read the book while attending the Operating Systems and Computer Networks courses in the university where I studied and practiced almost everything covered in the book. Wish I had read this book earlier. I finished the Operating Systems course with the 2nd highest score from more than people after finishing the book. I am doing it 2nd year in a row now. Of course, I read other sources too, but this book gave me the jump start. Thank you!
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Jul 25, Miguel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Absolutely the best Linux book I've read. A good mix of practical and theoretical content really lives up to the title "What every superuser should know". I've been using Linux for quite some time but there are a few things I never quite understood but the book really helped me learn it and manipulate it like an expert. I will say I recommend, anyone reading have at least an intermediate level understanding of Linux.
If you're a beginner I would say try another book and come back to this once yo Absolutely the best Linux book I've read. If you're a beginner I would say try another book and come back to this once you've cut your teeth on a few compiler problems. Highly recommended! Even as a rather experienced user, I find this book very useful. Beginners would get a lot out of it. May 22, Dale rated it really liked it Shelves: The final third of the book covers applications, the desktop, and development tools.
Overall good clear linear exposition. Oct 01, Farsan Rashid rated it really liked it. I have not read the book from cover to cover but the most significant chapters IMO. Definately recommend to anyone looking for their first Unix book as it is short pages , to the point and easy to read.
Aug 28, Prabhu Pant rated it it was amazing. Quite decent and informative! This is a kind of a book that should be pursued with ease. I absolutely love this book.
Good book, but not as good or complete as the blurb suggests. It does cover a lot of ground, but most of the time it is superficial. A few times it looked like it drifted away from the subject when it was getting really interesting. The "real-world examples" are few and not very helpful. A good book, neither too advanced nor too basic.
However, even thought I'm not a super advanced Linux user myself, there are not so many things that this book had to offer. One thing I certainly missed was more complete examples of commands and more hands on tasks for the reader.
Jan 17, Farid Samadov rated it really liked it. Book could look boring for advanced users, but nevertheless, there's always something new.
Sep 14, Gerd rated it it was amazing Shelves: Standard Linux introduction books concentrate on the shell functions and describe how to become productively in the file system and in the shell.
However, if you are interested in a more detailed approach to the Linux operating system and how its components interplay, you are faced with heavy tomes whose page numbers easily exceed In order to be comprehensive, these books cover both Unix and Linux, and therefore contain in parts less relevant Input, depending to which of the two camps you belong. Less is more and 'How Linux Works' limits its scope only to Linux-based operating systems with an easily digestible level of detail where one is not in danger of losing orientation.
The strength of the book are in the description of the Kernel boot process, the structure and mounting of the file system. For instance, the communication with the file system devices is explained. Furthermore, the initialization of the User space is described, including run levels and the common implementations of the Init process systemd and Upstart.
The next part deals with networking: This book is a sprint though the Linux ecosystem and avoids unnecessary in depth coverage. There are many clues throughout the book at points where too specialized topics are being discussed, which might be skipped. I suspect that the author uses Fedora, since not all tools are available in Ubuntu. However, the content is up to date.
In case a more detailed references is needed, one of the aforementioned standard books should be chosesn. For beginners, however, this book is the recommended starting point. Mar 12, Todd N rated it it was amazing. Got the 2nd edition. My son and I built a Linux computer last year, so I was looking for a book that would serve as a good reference for him as well as a good way for me to brush up.
Even though I knew at least half of it, some of my knowledge was out of date — they are rewriting init??? Towards the end the book gets a little scattershot with topics on shell scripting and file copying, but I consider this bonus material after all the good coverage of internals.
And there are lots of pointers to further reading. In the end I think this book is too advanced for my son, but it helped my understanding to the point where I can explain things more clearly to him. Every page of this book is pure gold. Developing a real understanding of how it all fits together has been a pleasure and Ward has answered so many questions I hardly knew I had.
The text is very readable, with a few exceptions that are forgivable as they are a valuable reference. I will say though that this book is a poor primer on getting up to speed with Linux as a user. You have to really want to know the details, details most people will have relatively little use for. And now I finally feel equipped to start building my own Arch configuration.
Feb 14, Dan Watts rated it it was amazing. Linux is such a vast and ever-changing topic that it seems ill-advised to learn it from a book. Indeed, the majority of Linux books from large publishers are at least 10 years old, as most have given up on the idea. This is one of the few recent publications -- the 2nd edition was a little over 3 years old at the time I started reading it -- and at this point its contents are not too dated.
I use Linux almost every day, having learned it mostly from web-based articles. I started the book with th Linux is such a vast and ever-changing topic that it seems ill-advised to learn it from a book. I started the book with the intention of just picking through it to find things I didn't already know, but it's so well written and accessible that I ended up reading it cover-to-cover. At pages it's actually one of the shorter Linux books out there, but that's because the author does a good job of focusing on things that are useful and non-obvious.
This isn't a "getting started with.. The books provides a readable, well structured and comprehensive introduction to Linux systems but it is not a book for developers and doesn't reveal internal implementation details.
It is more of an overview from a system administrator point of view. The content is very basic. There is no attempt and no space to provide detailed discussions of the arguments treated. With respect to other older books it has the advantage to cover recent additions to Linux.
Newbies can use it as a starting point The books provides a readable, well structured and comprehensive introduction to Linux systems but it is not a book for developers and doesn't reveal internal implementation details. Newbies can use it as a starting point to approach the Linux ecosystem. Sep 07, Patrick Coakley rated it liked it.
I think this is a decent book for getting to know a lot about Linux in a short amount of time, but I felt it was very much "a mile wide and an inch deep" approach. Much of the content is skippable for experienced users, but it's an easy read and think it's worth a recommendation for newer Linux users out there who want to know a bit more without getting mired in the details.
Based on the description I expected more, but I enjoyed it well enough. Jun 27, Povilas Balciunas rated it it was amazing. When I picked up this book, my girlfriend surprisingly asked me: Unfortunately, although I have been using Linux full time for the past 5 years, there are many things I still do not understand.
But this book helped me fill a lot of gaps: It briefly describes how linux systems actually work before diving deeper. I'd say this book should be one of the very first books to read about linux. Jun 17, Ayoub rated it liked it. Thorough and concise, good refreshment for experienced Linux Admin and complete introduction for almost every topic including security, network, scripting and backup. It can't be utilized as future reference but only one time read to study updates and best practices, highly advised for developers who need to understand Linux environment.
Feb 02, Suphatra rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a good reference manual.