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Old May 4th, 2005, 11:16 AM
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Default Chapters 20 & 21 as a starting point

Page xxiv (Introduction) describes Chapers 20 & 21 as "great references" for those who have used other operating systems; Chapter 1, Unix Fundamentals begins with UNIX 'history' starting nearly 30 years ago.

Given the title of this book is "beginning" Unix (where 'beginning' is a present participle of the verb to begin), I suggest that the authors should offer two approaches to beginning. Many (if not most) folks are beginning their exploration of UNIX with a starting point in another operating system. For example, as a Macintosh veteran, I found the command and GUI equivalents that begin on page 379 (in Chapter 20) as the perfect spot for me to begin.

I suggest the very first paragraph of Chapter 1 is a perfect spot to offer prospective readers some choices as to where to begin – including Chapters 20 & 21 as options. Given that a major purpose in Chapter 1 is "cover[ing] the fundamental concepts of the basic Unix operating System", you cannot offer a better path into those concepts than to use the bridges built in Chapters 20 & 21 for the millions of users of 'popular' operating systems
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Excellent thought. In the next revision of the book we will make sure to include that in Chapter 1.

Thank you for the great feedback!
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ON another topic (typo info) I found two errors on the command for adding a user (page 41, understanding users and groups) you state that you will added an expiration date of july 4, 2006 and a Bourne shell for Jane Doe.

You , or another author, put ..... -e 040406 instead of -e 070406

and -s /bin/ksh (korn shell) instead of -s /bin/sh (Bourne shell) (that is on electronic form of the book)

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