The most exam-focused CompTIA Linux+ study guide available
This fully integrated study system delivers trusted and up-to-date coverage of the newly revised CompTIA Linux+ certification exam. Featuring more than 200 review questions, step-by-step exercises, and in-depth explanations, this is the only study guide to include platform-independent practice exams. The CD-ROM contains sample questions, video training, and more.User review
Excellent book for beginners - I passed the test
I have been working with Linux for about a year and a half on the job, but never had any formal training or read any instruction books prior to this one. I knew enough to get around but never really understood anything in great detail. This book was an absolutely excellent book, cover to cover. It is one that I will keep around for reference in the future and will probably read again from time to time. I took the CompTIA Linux+ test yesterday and passed with a 730. While it didn't cover quite everything on the test, it was enough to pass. The book was very readable and the author did a wonderful job of breaking concepts down in the most simple and easy-to-understand way. I thoroughly enjoyed all the accompanying pictures, diagrams, end of chapter reviews and quizzes, and `on the job` sections. My only gripe about the book is that there are MANY typos/editorial errors - be warned! The book may look daunting at first - 1,000 pages - but I really enjoyed reading it and it went quickly because the font was large and many of the pages have pictures. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!User review
Good Book, Lots of little errors
Very good book but poor technical editing. Just reading through the first few chapters I found many contradictions and errors in questions. On the other hand the material is presented well and helps me learn.User review
This book lacks somewhat for test preparation
I have been Windows free and using Linux exclusively for the past 2+ years. I bash shell script and program and have set up a number of networked and non-networked Linux systems. In short, I know my way around a handful of Linux distros from the command line and in the GUI.
I just finished taking the CompTIA Linux+ certification test today. I used Tracy's book as a reference to brush up on subjects that I do not visit on a regular basis. The book does touch on some areas well enough, but I found that there are more topics that the author does not address at all or that are discussed minimally. Some of the lacking topics were found in the CompTIA test.
In fact, I cannot recommend the book as a decent study guide regardless of a person's Linux exposure or background. The book itself has a number of contradictions within it and the self study quizzes must have missed the editor's desk; The a few of the `official answers` are not correct in about 6 chapters.
In short, I estimated some 40 - 45% of the test questions were either never addressed in the `study guide` or were downplayed by the author who chose instead to discuss other `valuable testing information and techniques`. In one case, a subject that the reader is lead to believe will account for 20% of the test (installation, partitioning,,) never showed up at all. Instead the test comprised of other questions that were never addressed in the book.
The differences are drastic enough that I am recommending a co-worker who is using the book for his test in the coming month to simply throw it away. We will look for better materials elsewhere.User review
Be very carefull with this book if you are taking the test.
I studied like crazy for the Linux+ exam using this book and let me tell you this book isn't ideal for the test. I have been a linux admin for about 5 yrs and without that hands on knowledge I would have not passed the test. The book actually does a good job teaching you various areas of the linux env. So my suggestion is read it for a job interview/Don't read for the test.User review
this book was my main tool to pass the exam.
I passed the certification exam a few weeks ago. The book was my main tool, it would have been impossible with out it. I installed 4 different server services several times: FTP, Web, Firewall and DNS directly from command line.For my practices I used Ubuntu Server 8.04 but that was a mistake, I should have used Fedora or Suse since both, author and Comptia, seem to prefer mature distributions. Do not make my mistake using Ubuntu. We all love it in desktop environments but it is not as well known as a server, go directly to Fedora , Suse or Debian.
Remember: this certification aims to administrators not final users, if you are a Linux guy with no experience in server services, command line or Unix/Linux architecture, you will have to make a good effort. This is the ideal book if you want a place to start. You will go from boot process to intrusion detection. Perfect and amazing. I would do it again.