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[Discuss] Linux book

On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 01:00:19PM -0500, Greg Rundlett (freephile) wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM, aldo albanese <aldo_albanese at>wrote:
> You'll find that the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (now in
> it's 4th edition) is often cited as a great reference

As someone who originally learned sysadmin via this series, and later
became a technical reviewer for it, I second the suggestion very
highly.  It's technically very good and can also be pretty
entertaining.  Though as Kent said, some books are good for some
people, less so for others.  You should really stop by a good book
shop and peruse what they have...

Also, an interesting quote from Tom O'Reilly on the book:

     ?As an author, editor, and publisher, I never paid much attention
     to the competition?except in a few cases. This is one of those
     cases. The UNIX System Administration Handbook is one of the few
     books we ever measured ourselves against.?   

If you want to learn Unix/Linux sysadmin, I don't believe there is a
better book available.
On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 02:14:08PM -0500, markw at wrote:
> Linux books are so 20th century. The internet has a plurality of
> information sources and can be a lot more entertaining. 

I still prefer books, if you can find one that covers pretty close to
the range of topics you're interested in, written by someone whose
writing style matches your learning style.  The internet is great for
reference (if you know exactly what you're looking for) but not so
much for directed learning, IMO.  And much of the information is
unedited, of variable quality, or just plain wrong.  There's a danger
of this with books as well, but less due to professional editing and
technical review, so long as you get something current.

It's also much less pleasant to curl up to a web page on your laptop
screen before bed...  =8^)

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