Media praise for Learning the UNIX Operating System

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"Once you've established a connection with the network, there's often a secondary obstacle to surmount.... Learning the UNIX Operating System helps you figure out what to do next by presenting in a nutshell the basics of how to deal with the 'U-word.' Obviously a 92-page book isn't going to make you an instant UNIX guru, but it does an excellent job of introducing basic operations in a concise nontechnical way, including how to navigate through the file system, send and receive E-mail and--most importantly--get to the online help. The fast information is invaluable when you wand to do something simply and either don't know how to, can't remember how to, or--thanks to UNIX's penchant for commands that look like random characters from the alphabet--can't figure out which command to use." --Michael L. Porter, Associate Editor, Personal Engineering & Instrumentation News, December 1993

"If you have someone on your site who has never worked on a UNIX system and who needs a quick how-to, Nutshell has the right booklet. Learning the UNIX Operating System by Grace Todino and John Strang can get a newcomer rolling in a single session. It covers logging in and out; files and directories; mail; pipes; filters, backgrounding; and a large number of other topics. It's clear, cheap, and can render a newcomer productive in a few hours." --;login, May/June 1989

"Whether you are setting up your first UNIX system or adding your fiftieth user, [this book] can ease you through learning the fundamentals of the UNIX system." --Michael J. O'Brien, ABA/Unix/group Newsletter

"This book could be very valuable in getting new users "over the hump" when confronting UNIX for the first time." --Robert M. Slade, BKLRNUNX.RVW, 1993

"Now in its third edition, this book is designed to teach the basic system utility commands to get the user started. The most useful features of given commands are covered instead of detailing all the options. I think the authors have used good judgment in deciding what to include. The latest edition has been updated to include information on X-Windows systems and common commands for using networks.... For $9.95, it is one of the best values I've come across. I highly recommend it for the new user who wants a working knowledge of UNIX." --Judith A. Copler, Database Magazine, August 1994

"This beginning Unix manual is by far the most informative that I have ever read." --Danny Hill, NOCCC Orange Bytes, August 1994

"O'Reilly & Associates has published a third, revised edition of
Learning the UNIX Operating System. This has been my favorite brief (under 100 page) introductory book ever since it appeared in 1986. It's better than ever." --Peter H. Salus, ;login:, Nov/Dec 1994

"For someone who has only encountered computers via a word processor, this is just the ticket. UNIX can be a bit daunting without a guru nearby, and this slim volume is designed to make you feel very comfortable right from the beginning. For more experienced computer types, it may be a bit too simple, but I have noticed that most writers in the field have long since forgotten what it is like to be a babe-in-the-woods and seem to take for granted that the new user can make his/her way through all kinds of problems. This book doesn't do that." --Betsy Gillies, ;login:, December 1993

(for 4th edition)

"A superb little book, and excellent resource for the beginner or Internet navigator, or a superior review for the occasional user.
Learning the UNIX Operating System proves that good things do come in small packages." --Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin, May 1998

(For 3rd edition)

"This 3rd edition is revised and expanded, and part of [a] nutshell handbook series intended to get the complete computer novice up and running on a Unix or X-Windows system in a one-hour sitting. Rather that being an introduction to Unix, it's a 'how to use Unix' book. It's also filled with many of the little details and tricks the regular Unix Weenie knows by rote and does so regularly that they forget to tell anyone to tell newcomers. This is the kind of book you set in front of the keyboard in every University terminal room. If you are just beginning to use the Internet and need to understand how to start using Unix on a remote host -- buy this book. (It's actually a rather handy reference even if you've been long using the network." --Book Review, ISOC NEWS, November 1993