Sams Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours, Third Edition (3rd Edition)
||Author: Coletta Witherspoon, Craig Witherspoon|
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Publisher: SAMS (10 October, 2000)
Sales Rank: 451,258
Average Customer Rating: 2.74 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
quite good but ...
I read the book, in the beginning I thought that it was goin to be one of those slow and easy books, but that changed when I got to the 6th hour. The only negative comment I have is that the version of Caldera they use is outdated, you MUST download the latest version from [website] but you musn't forget to install the version from the CD because the difference between these two linuxes is huge (Not to worry, the commands in the shell work as they should).
I think it is a good -not great, but good- way to start using linux, but if you want to be an expert user, you'll need the linux Bilbe, of course.
I do recomend you to buy this book
P.S.: I appologize for my english, I'm 16 years old and I live in Flanders (Belgium), so I probably will have made a few mistakes. None the less I hope you understand that I think this book is good, but not 100% comprehensive, like the bibles.
Rating: 1 out of 5
Worthless: Do Not Buy
First of all, this book looks like a nice general reference from the outside (on Linux), but in truth its worthless unless you use its out of date included caldera Linux CD (which sucks in itself, and the accompanying tools crash with use.) Honestly this book should be called 'Teach Yourself Caldera Linux in 24 Hours'
I use a different distro and after reading a specific distro book and 'Running Linux' I was good to go, with excellent knowledge of configuration files, how to do 'stuff' and have fun with the OS. None of this came from this book. My reccomendation? Dont buy this!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Good introductory for someone with limited/no experience
I actually have a copy of the first edition, but the material is basically the same. The first edition doesn't include the CD-ROM.
I am surprised to many people trash this book. I didn't read any reviews before I bought it (now I read reviews unless I know the authors work), but flipped through a few dozens pages before I bought it. I found it pretty helpful.
My background is DOS. I know DOS inside out and backwards, and even with that, Linux is still fairly confusing. More commands, less forgiving command line, MANY more configuration files, and so forth.
The only negative thing I can say about his book is he tries to stuff too much into a 24 hour book. I wasn't overly impressed with the chapter on connecting to the internet. I don't feel that has a place in a book this short. If you want to learn how to use a new operating system and get it online, install Windows and use an ISP with a plug in CD to set it up for you. There is much you need to know before connecting to the internet.
Aside from that, I actually thought it was helpful. If you have NO DOS experience, it will be harder to learn, and the syntax is pretty much the same, but that doesn't mean you can't learn it. It's hard to say how long it will take you to pick it up, as everyone learns at a different pace.
When I got my copy, I hadn't used Linux in about 2 years. I briefly used Slackware (never again), but I only remembered a few commands. Once I had this book, I was starting to remember what I had learned before.
Remember, this book is NOT a comprehensive reference. Just how could you write a reference book to be completed in 24 hours??
I guess I should say that if you are contemplating buying this book, but have seen all the negative reviews, find a copy and just thumb through it. Personally, I thought it was helpful. It's not the Black Book of Linux, but for the price and content, it does pretty good. Definitely for beginners only.
If you need something to give you a foundation to build from, this book might be what your looking for. If you are after more complex topics such as DNS, hooking up hosts, DSL, GNOME, network protocols, and the like, this isn't your book. That's because those aren't introductory topics. Just like you wouldn't expect to find OpenGL programming in a "learn C in 21 days" book.
Form your own opinion. Since when do other readers decide what you will and will not buy?
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