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Linux Bible Eighth Edition by Christopher Negus
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Linux Bible Eighth Edition by Christopher Negus

INTRODUCTION of Linux Bible Eighth Edition by Christopher Negus:

You can’t learn Linux without using it. I’ve come to that conclusion over more than a decade of teaching people to learn Linux. You can’t just read a book; you can’t just listen to a lecture. You need someone to guide you and you need to jump in and do it.

In 1999, Wiley published my Red Hat Linux Bible. The book’s huge success gave me the opportunity to become a full-time, independent Linux author. For about a decade, I wrote dozens of Linux books and explored the best ways to explain Linux from the quiet of my small home office. In 2008, I hit the road.

I was hired by Red Hat, Inc. as a full-time instructor, teaching Linux to professional system administrators seeking Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification. In my three years as a Linux instructor, I honed my teaching skills in front of live people whose Linux experience ranged from none to experienced professional.

In this book, I hope to turn my experience into text that takes you from someone who has never used Linux to someone with the skills to become a Linux professional. Now in its eighth edition, this book had become too broad in range in earlier editions.

The book covered multiple Linux distributions, described how to run applications, touched on system administration, and provided an entry into Linux software development. Despite having been voted one of the top five Linux books of all time three years ago, the Linux Bible had lost its way.

This eighth edition of the Linux Bible represents a major overhaul. Almost all of the previous content has been rewritten or, in most cases, replaced completely. The new focus of the book can be summed up in these ways:

■ Beginner to certified professional: As long as you have used a computer, mouse, and keyboard, you can start with this book. We tell you how to get Linux, begin using it, step through critical topics, and ultimately excel at administering and securing it.

 ■ System administrator–focused: When you are done with this book, you will not only know how to use Linux, but also modify and maintain it. All the topics needed to become a Red Hat Certified Engineer are covered in this book.

 ■ Emphasis on command-line tools: Although point-and-click windows for managing Linux have improved greatly in recent years, many advanced features can only be utilized by typing commands and editing configuration files manually. We teach you how to become proficient with the Linux command-line shell.

■ Aimed at fewer Linux distributions: In previous editions, I described about 18 different Linux distributions. With only a few notable exceptions, most popular Linux distributions are either Red Hat–based (Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, CentOS, and so on) or Debian-based (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, KNOPPIX, and so on).

I’ve focused on Red Hat because that’s where the well-paying Linux jobs are; I give a nod to Ubuntu throughout because that’s what many of the biggest Linux fans start with.

 ■ Many, many demos and exercises: Instead of just telling you what Linux does, I actually show you what it does. Then, to make sure you got it, you have the opportunity to try exercises yourself. Every procedure and exercise has been tested to work in Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Many will work in Ubuntu as well.

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