Top 10 Must have Books for Unix and Linux

Here is the top 10 must have books for Unix and Linux , these are great books for any one working in Unix and Linux from beginner to advance users  improve skills and go deeper to understand, learn, program and manage Unix and Linux systems.

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  • Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook

by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein,

“Must have book for system administrators, straightforward, full of facts and examples”

Targeted at beginners to intermediate levels it covers everyday system administration tasks along with storage, network , email, web hosting, scripting, software configuration management, performance analysis, Windows interoperability, virtualization, DNS, security, management of IT service organizations.

Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook


  • Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix Administration, 3rd Edition

by Æleen Frisch

“A classic system administration books last released in year 2002 but still  much relevant and helpful for system administrators”

Targeted at beginners, provides hand on approach to real world  by explanation and examples. Several Unix flavors such as AIX, FreeBSD, HP-UX, Solaris, Tru64 along with Linux environments are covered along with  DHCP, USB devices,   automation tools, SNMP , network management, LDAP and PAM topics.

Essential System Administration

  • How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know

Brian Ward

“Easy to read and understand with an overview of how Linux works to get started as Linux System administration”

Recommended for new Linux system administrator and absolute Beginners who are getting started in Linux or those switching from windows, programming or other fields to start working as system admin or someone who wants to try Linux setup and administration for themselves.

How Linux Works

  • Linux Bible

by Christopher Negus

“Hands-on Linux user guide and great reference book to have.”

Recommended for users who are already familiar with Linux and need reference book to consult for issues , solutions , trouble shooting and procedures. Covers the current versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux , Fedora and Ubuntu LTS, along with cloud computing and guidance on Openstack and Cloudforms.

Linux Bible


  • The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction

by William E. Shotts Jr.

“Must have beginner’s guide to get familiar with Linux Command line interface”

Recommended for Linux beginners to get up to speed fast and start system administration tasks using command line in this book written in fun style with lots of examples.
The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction

  • Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible

by Richard Blum and Christine Bresnahan

“Explains Linux commands its variation , correct and incorrect usages and in depth”

Recommended for Linux system administrators who want to advance their command line skill writing scripts and create script based solutions. You can learn many things in scripting that you didn’t knew earlier.

Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible

  • Practice of System and network Administration

by Thomas A. Limoncelli and Christina J. Hogan

“Not a technical book but Offers best practices and advice for technical & soft skills”

Targeted at system administrators who want to advance their career by thinking and building solutions and improve personal skills. like “building reliable , scalable and secure services , personal skills like “getting more done each day” and soft skills like “System administration salary negotiation.

Practice of System and network Administration 


  • The Design of the UNIX Operating System

by Maurice J. Bach

“A ‘must read’ for everybody interested in understanding the Design of the UNIX Operating”

Targeted at intermediate or advanced Unix users who want to learn Unix OS core design in a simple and easy to understand . Originally published in 1986 but still this is considered the best book for learning Unix core and still used as reference book by the authors of newer Unix related books.

The Design of the UNIX Operating System by Maurice J. Bach 


  • Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)

by W. Richard Stevens and Stephen A. Rago

“A must have reference book for UNIX class Programmers”

Targetted at intermediate or advanced Unix programmers, the book covers more than seventy new interfaces more than ten thousand lines of downloadable, ISO C source code demonstrating than four hundred system calls and functions.

Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment


  • The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook 1st Edition

by Michael Kerrisk

“A must have for Linux/Unix programmers , the single most comprehensive book for GNU/Linux programming interface.”

Recommended for software engineers switching to Linux programming and Linux programmers who want to have a excellent reference to Linux programming interface.

The Linux Programming Interface

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