Sunday, September 16, 2012

O'Reilly Media book: Linux in a Nutshell

Linux in a Nutshell: Everything you need to know about Linux is right in this book. The latest edition of this popular reference offers a tighter focus on Linux system essentials, as well as more coverage of new capabilities such as wireless network management, DVD recording, and revision control with git. Linux in a Nutshell, Sixth Edition thoroughly covers programming and administration tools, editors, and the shell, and highlights the most important options for using the vast number of Linux commands.

I had bought it quite a while ago, just "on stock", never used it, but yesterday I looked up a few topics.

As a committed openSUSE user I have been using YaST for most tasks for quite a while. But now there is an ubuntu system in a VM w/o GUI, and things need to be done the command line way. Alright, there are also a few curses-based GUIs like aptitude … .

So this is what I looked up in this nice book:
  • user management; I had to add a user account for myself
  • keyboard configuration; the system was set up for a U.S. keyboard, and my keyboard has the German layout
  • package management (apt-*)
It also has a nice introduction to Git.

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