Learning the Unix Operating System: A Concise Guide for the New User (In a Nutshell)

Learning the Unix Operating System: A Concise Guide for the New User (In a Nutshell)

by Grace Todino (Author), JohnStrang (Author), JerryPeek (Author)


If you are new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Unix was one of the first operating systems written in C, a high-level programming language, and its natural portability and low price made it a popular choice among universities. Initially, two main dialects of Unix existed: one produced by AT&T known as System V, and one developed at UC Berkeley and known as BSD. In recent years, many other dialects have been created, including the highly popular Linux operating system and the new Mac OS X (a derivative of BSD). Learning the Unix Operating System is a handy book for someone just starting with Unix or Linux, and it's an ideal primer for Mac and PC users of the Internet who need to know a little about Unix on the systems they visit. The fifth edition is the most effective introduction to Unix in print, covering Internet usage for email, file transfers, web browsing, and many major and minor updates to help the reader navigate the ever-expanding capabilities of the operating system: * In response to the popularity of Linux, the book now focuses on the popular bash shell preferred by most Linux users. * Since the release of the fourth edition, the Internet and its many functions has become part of most computer user's lives. A new chapter explains how to use ftp, pine for mail, and offers useful knowledge on how to surf the web. * Today everyone is concerned about security. With this in mind, the author has included tips throughout the text on security basics, especially in the Internet and networking sections. The book includes a completely updated quick reference card to make it easier for the reader to access the key functions of the command line.



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Format: Paperback
Pages: 174
Edition: 5
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Published: 22 Oct 2001

ISBN 10: 0596002610
ISBN 13: 9780596002619

Media Reviews
'Ah, what a lovely little book. My list of classics include: K&R, Pike and Kernighan's The Practice of Programming, their The Unix Programming Environment, The Perl Cookbook and The Awk Programming Language. To that list I can now add the current volume. What more can I say: this is a good buy, especially for anyone approaching Unix/Linux for the first time. Even older hands might find it useful to have a copy, if only to give away. It won't provide all that is needed but it is good starting point. I am convinced that computers are getting uglier by the day. This ugliness stems from a quest for glitz at the expense of simplicity and elegance. Like a breath of fresh air, 'Learning the Unix Operating System' is a reminder that it doesn't need to be that way. ' - Joe McCool, Learning the UNIX Operating System - Cvu, April
Author Bio
Jerry Peek has used Unix since the early 1980s. He has consulted on Unix and VMS, developed and taught Unix courses, been a staff writer for O'Reilly & Associates, and has worked as a programmer and system administrator. Grace Todino is currently residing in Holland. While working as a technical writer at O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Grace was one of the original authors of the Nutshell Handbooks?, Managing UUCP and Usenet and Using UUCP and Usenet. John Strang now finds himself a consumer--rather than a producer of Nutshells. He is currently a diagnostic radiologist (MD) at Stanford University. He plans to use his experience as an author at ORA to write his own book on radiology.