UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein, and Ben Whaley
Date Finished: April 25th, 2018
Reading Time: Several months; still use for reference
I read this book cover to cover and skimmed very little. My goal in reading this book was to sharpen my Linux skills and it helped me do exactly that. Though this book enjoys high average ratings everywhere it appears, I stayed away from it thinking that it would be filled with mundane tutorials on how to set up printers and plug in keyboards. It turned out to be a comprehensive and fun overview of Linux from the viewpoint of a System Administrator. I mean it when I say it’s fun–the authors’ senses of humor and inclusion of their own personal experiences make the read less of a trudge than it could be. Many recent grads, such as myself, suffer from having very little Linux training which can result in fundamental misunderstandings and derailed progress. This book, whether used as a reference, introduction, or a paperweight conveying that you know Linux, is worth purchasing.