10 Must Have O’Reilly Linux and Unix Books

Published several years ago these O’Reilly books are still useful & relevant for the current and new system administrators. Although these books may not cover latest version of operating systems yet these explains very well the underlying technical details and process which have not changed over the years.

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1. Essential System Administration: Tools and Techniques for Linux and Unix Administration

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

2. Learning the UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition

by Jerry Peek , Grace Todino-Gonguet , John Strang

“Great introduction level book for Unix beginners””

Published by O’Reilly Media on November 1, 2001, this Fifth edition book is targeted at Beginners who are new to Unix operating system and want to have a general overview.
Learning the UNIX Operating System

3. Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

by Ellen Siever and Stephen Figgins

“1000 page Linux reference book that should always be within reach””

Targeted at new & intermediate users who need quick reference for Linux commands and scripting. and often end up searching internet for answers.
Linux in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

4. Classic Shell Scripting

by Arnold Robbins and Nelson H.F. Beebe

Must have shell scripting book filled with lots of examples”

Targeted at new users who want o learn or want to improve their shell scripting. Last published in 2008 but still relevant and useful skills.
Classic Shell Scripting Paperback

5. Sed & Awk

by Dale Dougherty

“A must have reference to enhance skill in Sed and awk with real world examples”

Recommended for Unix shell programmers and system administrators trying to enhance their skills using SED & AWK for scripting and data processing.
Sed & Awk

6. Learning the vi and Vim Editors: Text Processing at Maximum Speed and power

Arnold Robbins

“Must have book to learn and master vi and its leading clone vlm”

Targeted at beginners and intermediates who want to get started or make most of vi / vim editor and take text processing to newer heights.
Learning the vi and Vim Editors: Text Processing at Maximum Speed and power

7. bash Cookbook : Solutions and Examples for bash Users

by Carl Albing

“A must have bash Cookbook with scenario and solution style writing with detailed explanations”

Recommended for users starting BASH scripting or trying to enhance their BASH skill
bash Cookbook : Solutions and Examples for bash Users 

8. Bash Pocket Reference: Help for Power Users and Sys Admins

By Armold Robbins

“Great handy Pocket reference with clear and organized presentation.”

Targeted at new and old BASH users who need a quick reference for bash commands , can save lot of time lost in searching internet for examples and syntaxes
Bash Pocket Reference: Help for Power Users and Sys Admins

9. TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition; O’Reilly Networking)

by Craig Hunt

“Must have TCP/IP network administration book for network and system administrators.”

Recommended for new network administrators to help them set up and administer a network with details of basic system configuration, routing, common network applications, and many others.
TCP/IP Network Administration

10. DNS and BIND

byCricket Liu

“Still one of the indispensable books out there about DNS and Bind”

Recommanded for new and intermediate network and DNS administrator . A number of clear examples of the configuration files, along with insightful and helpful hints surely will help keep you out of trouble.


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