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Absolute FreeBSD: the complete guide to FreeBSD (3rd ed.)
Lucas M., No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2018. 784 pp. Type: Book (978-1-593278-92-2)
There are more than 700 pages in this book, and the author suggests that it should be read in entirety, from front to back! Most readers will be happy to skip the introductory text and jump straight to chapter 2, “Before You Install,” ...
Mar 15 2019
Unix: the textbook (3rd ed.)
Sarwar S., Koretsky R., Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2017. 1380 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482233-58-2)
This 1380-page, five-pound behemoth of a “textbook” is unlikely to burden the backpacks of operating system (OS) students, but it certainly provides a definitive academic and professional reference for one of the most pervasive softwar...
Aug 29 2017
Wicked cool shell scripts: 101 scripts for Linux, OS X, and UNIX systems (2nd ed.)
Taylor D., Perry B., No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2016. 368 pp. Type: Book (978-1-593276-02-7)
This is the second edition of a book originally published in 2004, and some new material has been added to address needs (like cloud storage access) that have emerged since that time. The authors observe that if you are using any kind of Unix-like...
Mar 23 2017
Learning Unix for OS X: going deep with the terminal and shell (2nd ed.)
Taylor D., O’Reilly Media, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 2016. 238 pp. Type: Book (978-1-491939-98-7)
Apple’s OS X is (mostly) Unix (UNIX is a trademarked term ), as it was derived from the University of California, Berkeley’s Berkeley software distribution (BSD) Unix, but with a few non-Unix features. And while Unix has been around...
Sep 13 2016
Computational biology: a practical introduction to BioData processing and analysis with Linux, MySQL, and R (2nd ed.)
Wünschiers R., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2013. 478 pp. Type: Book (978-3-642347-48-1)
A more whimsical title for this book might have been
The driven data wrangler’s guide to Unix text processing tools, with bioinformatics application examples
. Expressly written for an audience with little or no experience in computers...
Nov 5 2013
Absolute OpenBSD: Unix for the practical paranoid
Lucas M., No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2013. 536 pp. Type: Book (978-1-593274-76-4)
In the introductory chapters of this book, the author observes that OpenBSD developers work under a single coordinator to develop and maintain an operating system intended to meet their own needs. There’s no attempt to make those outside the...
Jul 22 2013
Unix and Perl to the rescue!: A field guide for the life sciences (and other data-rich pursuits)
Bradnam K., Korf I., Cambridge University Press, New York, NY, 2012. 428 pp. Type: Book (978-0-521169-82-0)
This is an expanded version of the authors’ publication “Unix and Perl primer for biologists” , used for a course delivered by them at UC Davis, and available freely on the Web....
Dec 20 2012
A guide to kernel exploitation: attacking the core
Perla E., Oldani M., Syngress Publishing, Boston, MA, 2010. 442 pp. Type: Book (978-1-597494-86-1)
The authors of this book address a very specific and (until now) marginally covered topic in the area of software security: essentially, the writing of exploits that target the operating system (OS) itself....
Jun 8 2011
Unix and Linux system administration handbook (4th ed.)
Nemeth E., Snyder G., Hein T., Whaley B., Prentice Hall PTR, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2010. 1344 pp. Type: Book (978-0-131480-05-6)
At over 1,200 pages, this is a very big book. The copy I was sent to review is a 20th anniversary edition. The fact that a book on an operating system is still current after 20 years is a testament to both the operating system and the book (by com...
Dec 22 2010
Unix and Linux forensic analysis DVD toolkit
Pogue C., Altheide C., Haverkos T., Syngress Publishing, 2008. 448 pp. Type: Book (9781597492690)
Computer forensics is a newly emerging field that is in need of good resources. There is a growing audience, with increased awareness of security problems, governance, and legislation, in both public and private organizations. This industry/intere...
May 13 2009
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