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An analysis of performance evolution of Linux’s core operations
Ren X., Rodrigues K., Chen L., Vega C., Stumm M., Yuan D. SOSP 2019 (Proceedings of the 27th ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, Oct 27-30, 2019) 554-569, 2019. Type: Proceedings
The GNU Linux operating system (OS) has become, for better or worse, the dominant OS for computer science (CS) research, for deploying large-scale Internet/cloud infrastructures and supercomputers, as well as for some small-scale smart...
Jan 6 2020
The Linux command line: a complete introduction (2nd ed.)
Shotts W., No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2019. 504 pp. Type: Book (978-1-593279-52-3)
This is a wonderful introduction and tutorial meant to make readers comfortable and productive in the command line. It is not about system administration, Bash scripts, or any other tool, although they are all mentioned and covered at ...
Nov 1 2019
Linux hardening in hostile networks: server security from TLS to Tor
Rankin K., Addison-Wesley Professional, Boston, MA, 2017. 272 pp. Type: Book (978-0-134173-26-9)
The book’s preface notes that many of the available hardening guides were written some years ago. Its chapters are therefore intended to replace the outdated information found in those guides with recommendations that provide...
Nov 15 2018
Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac users: start your journey into free and open source software (2nd ed.)
Haines N., Apress, New York, NY, 2017. 196 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484229-99-6)
The Ubuntu Linux operating system is one of the most popular Linux distributions, if not the most popular. When this book was listed among the books available to be reviewed, I selected it because I had installed Ubuntu on a machine at...
Apr 27 2018
The art of Linux kernel design: illustrating the operating system design principle and implementation
Lixiang Y., Wenfeng L., Dazhao C., Tianhou L., Ruobing W., Qi S., Ke F., Tingshao Z. (trans.), Auerbach Publications, Boston, MA, 2017. Type: Book (978-1-138413-41-2)
This book goes into a lot of detail--I mean
of detail. Linux kernel 0.11 is dissected and explained in a very detailed way. The reason I am hesitant to give it a high rating is not because it focuses on the 0.11 v...
Mar 21 2018
Pro Linux system administration: learn to build systems for your business using free and open source software (2nd ed.)
Matotek D., Turnbull J., Lieverdink P., Apress, New York, NY, 2017. 998 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484220-07-8)
Small business owners today are like many other entrepreneurial or seasoned business owners, including medium-sized business owners. They want to find ways to cut costs wherever possible while still remaining competitive in the marketp...
Feb 2 2018
Raspberry Pi 3 in easy steps
McGrath M., In Easy Steps Limited, Warwickshire, UK, 2016. 192 pp. Type: Book (978-1-840787-29-0)
Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer developed in 2011 by a British charity to promote a different way of teaching computer science in school, away from applications and web design toward programming and experimentation. Raspberry P...
Aug 11 2017
Introducing Linux distros
Castro J., Apress, New York, NY, 2016. 380 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484213-93-3)
The DistroWatch website now lists several hundred “active” Linux distributions, with a few new ones being added each week. How would a potential Linux user decide which of these he should use? To assist with this de...
Sep 13 2016
Practical Linux topics
Binnie C., Apress, New York, NY, 2015. 151 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484217-71-9)
If you manage Linux servers, you have probably picked up books that include screenshots showing graphical user interface (GUI) management tools for such servers. This is not one of those books....
Mar 30 2016
Fedora Linux servers with systemd
Petersen R., surfing turtle press, Alameda, CA, 2014. 504 pp. Type: Book (978-1-936280-83-4)
The systemd initialization mechanism has become widely used on Linux servers over the past two years, and this is one of the few books that offers insight into its operation. If you get the second printing, ignore the sentence on the b...
Nov 13 2015
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