Review: Linux in a Nutshell

    Date20 Oct 2005
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    Posted ByBenjamin D. Thomas
    There are many kinds of Linux-related books. Some instruct readers on design philosophies and programming principles, others are "beginner" books written in layman's terms, and then there are administration and security guides. Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition is a desk reference -- not something you'd read cover-to-cover, and you wouldn't want it to be your only source of Linux-related information, but it's handy to have around if you use the GNU/Linux operating system on a regular basis.

    If you're one of those people who still keeps a "dead tree" dictionary around in spite of computer programs and Web sites that provide more up-to-date definitions, you'll probably enjoy having Linux in a Nutshell around. It's not that the book is out of date -- the point of having updated editions is to include new commands, tools, and methodologies that have been introduced or modified since the previous release. I found all of the material in this fifth edition to be modern and viable. I did not find it all useful, however.

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