“Solaris 9 for Dummies” is slashdotted!

Thanks to the kind folk at slashdot for posting a great review of my book Solaris 9 for Dummies on their site. The review has many good things to say about the book, including the summary quote:

” Solaris 9 For Dummies … is just a good book for the Solaris newbies,
plain and simple.”

There’s much more to the review, and the usual crufty and marginally on-topic discussion by the slashdot audience, but it’s well worth reading if you’ve been wondering what a book like Solaris 9 for Dummies would cover.

A few more passages from the review that I appreciated:

“The author knows that UNIX isn’t UNIX without a certain level of
geekspeak, and so provides readers with a well-crafted introduction in
the use of command lines and how they can be a Good Thing when using
Solaris often for particular tasks. Many UNIX writers (especially
developers) wrongly assume that anyone who uses a UNIX knows where and
how to find or do what most might consider a routine task. In a …For
Dummies book, this thinking is not allowed, so the author adds enough
background for you to get the gist, guides you on the essentials, and
provides information that points you to find more complex answers
elsewhere.

“Solaris 9 For Dummies … is just a good book for the Solaris newbies,
plain and simple. If you hack your kernel just for pleasure … you can be reasonably guaranteed this
isn’t the book for you. However, if you are an Solaris administrator and
get plagued with user questions about basic tasks, maybe you should have
your boss buy a few copies of Solaris 9 For Dummies for your users so
you can continue your Quake3 fragfest uninterrupted.”

Again, you can learn more about the book and even read a sample chapter by going to its Web site.

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