(My review on goodreads)

After a brief chapter on the most basic of GNU/Linux command-line tools, Ward dives right into Linux internals, starting with a lengthy walkthrough of the boot process. followed by in depth coverage of devices, file systems, and networking.

The final third of the book covers applications, the desktop, and development tools.

I can see this being useful as a thorough introduction to Linux for someone who plans to spend a lot of time doing Linux-y things; and also as a refresher/tutorial/quasi-reference if you want to do something like setup a samba server or figure out how to get a printer connected.

Overall good clear linear exposition.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know
  • Author: Brian Ward
  • Published: 2004
  • ISBN: 1593270356
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 4.0 stars