"I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review"
When it comes to learning something for the first time, it can be quite hard and tricky. No matter if it's a new hobby, a new sport, or using the computer to code, they all are equally challenging. However, there is one good way to throw out all of those fears and learn quickly without feeling stuck is having a great book to read, covering every detailed information you need to help you learn. This is especially true when it comes to learning about the Linux OS.
In my case and many others who are starting out learning how to use Linux may be lost and in need of guidance. Though, from my personal experience, the problems I were facing have now vanished! This is all due to a wonderful book is known as, Linux: The Textbook by Syed Mansoor Sarwar and Robert M Koretsky. This book is quite useful and has everything done in steps and examples from the first chapter to the last. This way the reader knows how to start up and begin programming with Linux. In addition to the steps through each chapter, which are completely explained, there are plenty of exercises and projects to help the reader remember and learn from as well.
In the beginning, I was quite impressed with the way it explains the commands and how to use them to perform all different requests needed to be done by the user. It really didn't leave anything out and I have already known a bit about Linux, but felt I learned a whole lot more! I honestly mean, there is plenty of information covered inside, even editors found in Linux and the different types of Linux shell options that you could have downloaded explained inside. Plus, how to make all the commands work in those programs as well, as they all don't work the same through each Linux shells used.
Again, I must say that I have learned so much more than a recently read book on Linux. Plus, when I did get confused in some of the explained commands and options within this book, I found reading a bit more had the details and information to explain what I just learned or read. Honestly, just continue reading has aided into learning so much more and grasping everything that I didn't understand. Of course, practicing with the exercises, projects, and other examples in the book has really aided me on learning how to use Linux.
I also must say that this is a very big book, 600 plus pages. However, with this book comes so much information that you don't get in many other small books. So, with that said, this is a perfect course book for instructors to use and even for students to use to learn on their own. Also, in the back, there is a guide to help you load Linux up on a computer. So there isn't any fear to be lost on the setup process when you begin working with this book. It really has you covered and makes sure you learn it with ease and not fail.
Finally, I'd like to say that this is one book that will be a guide worth having on my bookshelf. It's quite an excellent resource and reference that will aid as a reminder and guide to all the commands and what can be possible while using Linux. I highly recommend this course and textbook for everyone, not only beginners but instructors and those who have a great understanding of Linux too!
Syed Mansoor Sarwar is a professor and principal at Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT), and a former tenured associate professor in the Multnomah School of Engineering at the University of Portland (UP). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Iowa State University (ISU), and has over 30 years of post-Ph.D. experience in teaching and research. He has over 40 research publications in international journals and conferences. He was nominated for the Best Graduate Researcher Award at ISU for his Ph.D. research, and Best Researcher and Best Teacher awards at UP. He has been learning, using, and teaching operating systems since 1986.
Robert M. Koretsky is a retired lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Multnomah School of Engineering at the University of Portland. He was principally educated at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to teaching, he worked as an Automotive Engineering Designer with the Freightliner Corp. in Portland, Oregon.
- Chapman and Hall/CRC
- Published October 12, 2018
- Textbook - 658 Pages - 130 B/W Illustrations
- ISBN 9781138710085 - CAT# K32207
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