4 out of 4 stars
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Just like Windows XP, Android, Mac OS X, Linux is an operating system, a software program that allows the software and hardware of a computer to communicate with each other. Because of the way Linux has been explained through the years, a lot of people not only tend to think that it is difficult to comprehend but also reserved for hackers and geeks. With Learn Linux Quickly, the author, Ahmed Alkabary, has proven that Linux is easy to learn. This book seeks to delightfully teach its reader Linux, covering topics that range from installing Linux to analyzing and manipulating files to creating personal commands and much more.
I've always had the interest to learn Linux because it powers most of the smart devices we have today, and I have taken a lot of online classes and read a lot of books over the years, but it always seemed like a hard nut to crack. When I picked this book, I thought it was going to be like the host of books I had previously read, but I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, I now know that nothing is complicated if you have the right teacher. Ahmed Alkabary has distinguished himself as an excellent teacher of the subject with this book. The author broke down the message in a straightforward way that every reader is sure to understand. I think I now have a good knowledge of Linux, and with some more practice, I would be much better, thanks to this book.
I liked that Ahmed often employed an almost informal writing style while anticipating the readers' thought process and making statements that kind of relaxes and encourages the reader to have an open mind to assimilate the message that he sought to teach. Also, I loved that the author wrote this book in such a way that it seemed like a live class, where the teacher taught with a projector. The author achieved this by revealing the contents of his computer screen as he inputted various commands one after the other while encouraging readers to perform that same task with their systems. It was also pleasing to see the colorful illustrations scattered all over this book. Not only did they help me understand better, but they also made me refreshed while I read.
In addition to the opening statements in each chapter that talked about what the reader was going to learn after reading that chapter, the author also gave room for self-evaluation by including exercises at the end of each chapter, and this sort of gave me superior thought of precisely what I was relied upon to know after that part. He also provided the solutions to these exercises at the last pages of the book, and this is significant because it enables the reader to know how much progression he/she has made as well as the facets they have to invest more energy. This book is a standard textbook that explains Linux explicitly.
There was absolutely nothing to dislike about this piece, and the author has done an excellent job in its execution. I found no grammatical or typographical errors throughout the text, which leads me to believe that the book is professionally edited. As a result of how well-written this book is as well as how helpful I found its contents to be, I have the pleasure of giving Learn Linux Quickly a resounding 4 out of 4 stars. I strongly recommend this text to people who are interested in learning Linux. It can also serve as a guide to intermediate and expert Linux users.
Learn Linux Quickly
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