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A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux 8

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Average Customer Rating: 4.3

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Comprehensive and thoughtful
Comment: Even better than Sobell's first Linux book, this book is extremely comprehensive. It delves appropriately into the command line interface, detailing the differences between bash, tcsh, and zsh. Sobell also covers GNOME and KDE, offering practical advice as to customization.

A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux 8 starts off slowly, bringing the reader along, and ramps up nicely to cover networking and system administration. I found that the section on the utility commands alone is worth the price of admission - covering many useful commands in man page fashion, but with better descriptions and more examples.

I found the 60 page index to be thorough, although I did find it missing an item or two. I appreciated the many references to web sites that allowed me to stay up-to-the-minute on certain topics. All told, IMHO, this is the Linux book to buy.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Overall, excellent!
Comment: For my purposes, as a tech writer and intermediate-level user of Linux, this book has been very helpful. Certainly, some of the topics have been covered in other books I've purchased, and other books go more deeply into some of the topics. But overall, this has been the best of the bunch. The same goes for his Solaris book. I was especially pleased that he maintains a web site with answers to some of the exercises, posts errata, and actually answers users' questions via email!!

AND--Marc Sobell writes grammatically correct English, which is a virtue not found in many computer books.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Finally, I'm enjoying Linux
Comment: Having just worked through a class that used another book as text, and having "picked through" Sobell's chapters to supplement that material, I'm now going through chapter by chapter. I can only say that I'm enjoying Linux for the first time. Finally, a text that's well written (as well as having other virtues); an author who responds to questions sent via email.

There's no one-size-fits-all in the textbook world (this from a former academic), but I give Sobell high praise from the student's point of view. There are other places to learn more advanced techniques and Perl programming.