The Linux Cookbook is encyclopedic in scope, but quick and easy to reference. No matter what your field or specialty, if you want to get the most out of Linux, you'll find its advice indispensable—from the basics that "every Linux user knows" to undocumented expert tricks.
This greatly expanded and revised edition includes support for all major Linux distributions, coverage of file conversion and advanced text manipulation, Emacs and Vi text editing, multimedia, Ogg Vorbis and MP3 audio, and hundreds of other improvements.
The Linux Cookbook is easy to flip through and fun to use. After reading a few pages to solve a problem, you'll realize that there are a lot of other things you could be doing with Linux—and that's the point!
Here's just some of what you'll find in the over 1,300 recipes in The Linux Cookbook. How to:
About the Author
Michael Stutz has used Linux exclusively for over a decade. He was the first to apply the "open source" methodology of Linux to non-software works, and was one of the first reporters to cover Linux and the free software movement in the mainstream press. His "Living Linux" column runs on the O'Reilly Network. His website is available here.
Table of Contents
PART I: WORKING WITH LINUX
Chapter 1: Introduction
PART II: FILES
Chapter 5: Files and Directories
PART III: TEXT
Chapter 9: Viewing Text
PART IV: IMAGES
Chapter 17: Viewing Images
PART V: SOUND
Chapter 21: Playing and Recording Sound
PART VI: PRODUCTIVITY
Chapter 24: Disk Storage
PART VII: NETWORKING
Chapter 31: Communications
Appendix A: Administrative Issues
“A fact-filled book that's well composed and easy to reference. No
Michael Stutz appears on daily radio show for the second time during Open Source segment
"Succeeds in providing a handy reference for those who still are exploring Linux or who have difficulty remembering the correct command-line options for a specific command."
Highly recommended for all levels: "One can hope for more editions in the future."
Highly recommended: "If libraries have the first edition, do they need to replace it with this one? Yes."
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"This is a great book and one you'll dip into often. Packed with information, it will see extensive use and should inspire those wondering what to do with their first Linux system."
Live radio interview with Michael Stutz
Michael Stutz is interviewed
4/5 Rating: "Definitely useful"
"...plenty of good information"
"Not a bad one to pick up for the library. I don't know how long it would stay on the shelves before getting, er, permanently borrowed..."
"A very interesting interview with Michael Stutz, author of the new Linux Cookbook, 2nd Edition, on the language of the Linux command line, cookbooks, economics, and what applications you absolutely need Windows for."
"In the kitchen of a Linux master chef"
"Michael Stutz's acclaimed Linux Cookbook now appears in its updated second edition, packing in tips and techniques for everyday applications."
"If you have used Linux awhile, you will appreciate these chapters the most, but still refer to the book often to find at your fingertips just the instructions you need to advance your Linux skills."
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Q&A session with author Michael Stutz
"Stutz, one of the first reporters to cover Linux and the free software movement in the mainstream press, builds on the some 1,500 'recipes' offered in the last iteration."
"Definitely to be kept close at hand if you're not a Linux wizard"
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"For both the novice and experienced Linux user one of the challenges is in maximizing the many tools that come with it."
"Stutz's Linux Cookbook has waxed since 2000, when the first edition appeared. It's doubled in size from 402 to over 800 pages. But there's a lot more useful stuff here. Well worth getting."
"The Linux Cookbook is yet another good title from No Starch that deserves space on just about any Linux desktop user's shelf."
"Unlike the first edition, this covers a lot more basic material. Don't let that turn you off if you have outgrown the beginner books - unless you are expert at everything, you'll find helpful material here. There are pointers to esoteric utilities you probably have never heard of mixed in with the "getting started" stuff."