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Dec 11 2012   7:31PM GMT

Book giveaway: A practical guide to Linux

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Are you a Linux expert but want to take your knowledge to the stage? Mark Sobell’s A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming is the book for you as it covers best practices and examples for each Linux version including: Ubuntu, Red Hat, CentOS and Mac OS X. We’ve got an excerpt of the book up on our IT Bookworm blog.

Tell us what confuses you the most about Linux in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of the book. Good luck!

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  • TomLiotta
    What confuses me most is the difficulties in finding accurate support info (without a solid support contract). For example, I have an Ubuntu system with a display resolution problem. Not fatal, but very irritating. Many searches gave a very small set of suggested fixes, none of which made any difference. I went to a couple well respected Linux/Ubuntu forums and described the problem with references to fixes I tried. All responses were either duplicates of what I said that I tried or links to the same places that I found what I tried. Now, I'm in favor of support contracts, but I haven't found any indication that anyone actually knows real answers for a large number of real-world problems. Worse, if you don't have a significant degree of "Practical" knowledge, it's extremely difficult to communicate with those who might have truly useful suggestions. -- Tom
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  • batye
    I know a little about Linux and would love to learn more - hope to win
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  • steveto
    OS X is BSD not Linux, unless you mean Yellow Dog?  Is this a practical guide to Linux/Unix commands or just Linux?  OSX administration would be a lot different to any Linux flavour than the difference between CentOS and SuSe for example.  
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  • Vthbox
    I'm a learner, I believe Linux is a very powerful OS compared to other, but the problem is not knowing the stuff or operations indepth.
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  • ColinM
    The tough bit is talking to the hardware that connects you to the real world - it always used to be printers - although that's become easier, but there are still boundless troubles to be had in talking to new (or very old) disk drives, especially when they're set up in RAIDs. -- Colin.
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  • Ben Rubenstein
    Steve, yes, sorry, that was a little unclear. The book covers the Mac OS X CLI in addition to Linux. 
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    Congratulations ColinM, you have won the book! Make sure to watch out for an email so I can send you the prize.
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