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Best Unix Books: The Ultimate Collection

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Unix books.

1. UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (5th Edition) (2017)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate Collection“As an author, editor, and publisher, I never paid much attention to the competition—except in a few cases. This is one of those cases. The UNIX System Administration Handbook is one of the few books we ever measured ourselves against.” —Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly Media   “This edition is for those whose systems live in the cloud or in virtualized data centers; those whose administrative work largely takes the form of automation and configuration source code; those who collaborate closely with developers, network engineers, compliance officers, and all the other worker…
Author(s): Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, et al.

2. Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, 3rd Edition (2013)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionFor more than twenty years, serious C programmers have relied on one book for practical, in-depth knowledge of the programming interfaces that drive the UNIX and Linux kernels: W. Richard Stevens’ . Now, once again, Rich’s colleague Steve Rago has thoroughly updated this classic work. The new third edition supports today’s leading platforms, reflects new technical advances and best practices, and aligns with Version 4 of the Single UNIX Specification.   Steve carefully retains the spirit and approach that have made this book so…
Author(s): W. Richard Stevens, Stephen A. Rago

3. Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition (2005)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs an open operating system, Unix can be improved on by anyone and everyone: individuals, companies, universities, and more. As a result, the very nature of Unix has been altered over the years by numerous extensions formulated in an assortment of versions. Today, Unix encompasses everything from Sun’s Solaris to Apple’s Mac OS X and more varieties of Linux than you can easily name.The latest edition of this bestselling reference brings Unix into the 21st century. It’s been reworked to keep current with the broader state of Unix in today’s world and highlight the…
Author(s): Arnold Robbins

4. Learning the UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition (2001)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionIf you are new to Unix, this concise book will tell you just what you need to get started and no more. Unix was one of the first operating systems written in C, a high-level programming language, and its natural portability and low price made it a popular choice among universities. Initially, two main dialects of Unix existed: one produced by AT&T known as System V, and one developed at UC Berkeley and known as BSD. In recent years, many other dialects have been created, including the highly popular Linux operating system and the new Mac OS X (a derivative of BSD).Learning the Unix Operating…
Author(s): Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, et al.

5. Just Enough UNIX (2005)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionJust Enough UNIX provides a quick and gentle introduction to the UNIX operating system. The fifth edition of this highly successful text reflects changes and updates to the UNIX curriculum that have taken place since the publication of the fourth edition. The book is written in a clear, straightforward style that avoids unnecessary jargon. This short, yet comprehensive text covers the basics of UNIX. It can be used in both a freshman engineering course or to supplement other courses where the student needs to learn UNIX for the first time. The book is enhanced by strong pedagogical tools that will be very useful to those in the classroom, as…
Author(s): Paul Andersen

6. Unix: The Textbook (2nd Edition) (2004)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionUNIX: A Textbook assumes that the reader has no background in UNIX. It carefully blends important UNIX concepts, like inter-process communication and I/O redirection, with shell commands to enhance understanding of both. Chapters are organized so readers focus on a small set of related topics. The book begins by providing a “UNIX Quick Start” for readers who want to immediately start using the book as a reference and begin working with UNIX. Then, the book tours the UNIX application interface, guiding readers through operating system utilities. The…
Author(s): Syed Mansoor Sarwar , Robert Koretsky, et al.

7. Learning Unix for OS X: Going Deep With the Terminal and Shell (2016)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionThink your Mac is powerful now? This practical guide shows you how to get much more from your system by tapping into Unix, the robust operating system concealed beneath OS X’s beautiful user interface. OS X puts more than a thousand Unix commands at your fingertips—for finding and managing files, remotely accessing your Mac from other computers, and using freely downloadable open source applications.If you’re an experienced Mac user, this updated edition teaches you all the basic commands you need to get started with Unix. You’ll…
Author(s): Dave Taylor

8. Unix in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself: Covers OS X, Linux, and Solaris (5th Edition) (2015)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn just 24 lessons of one hour or less, Sams Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours helps you get up and running with Unix and Unix-based operating systems such as Mac OS X and Linux.   Designed for beginners with no previous experience using Unix, this book’s straightforward, step-by-step approach makes it easy to learn.   Each lesson clearly explains essential Unix tools and techniques from the ground up, helping you to become productive as quickly and efficiently as possible. Learn how to…  What Is This Unix Stuff?  Getting onto the System and Using the Command Line  Moving…
Author(s): Dave Taylor

9. Unix Power Tools, Third Edition (2002)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionWith the growing popularity of Linux and the advent of Darwin, Unix has metamorphosed into something new and exciting. No longer perceived as a difficult operating system, more and more users are discovering the advantages of Unix for the first time. But whether you are a newcomer or a Unix power user, you’ll find yourself thumbing through the goldmine of information in the new edition of Unix Power Tools to add to your store of knowledge. Want to try something new? Check this book first, and you’re sure to find a tip or trick that will prevent you from learning things the hard way.The latest…
Author(s): Shelley Powers, Jerry Peek, et al.

10. Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming (In a Nutshell (O’Reilly)) (2005)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionO’Reilly’s bestselling book on Linux’s bash shell is at it again. Now that Linux is an established player both as a server and on the desktop Learning the bash Shell has been updated and refreshed to account for all the latest changes. Indeed, this third edition serves as the most valuable guide yet to the bash shell.As any good programmer knows, the first thing users of the Linux operating system come face to face with is the shell the UNIX term for a user interface to the system. In other words, it’s what lets you communicate with the computer via the keyboard and display. Mastering the bash shell might sound fairly…
Author(s): Cameron Newham

11. Unix and Linux: Visual QuickStart Guide (5th Edition) (2014)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn this updated edition, authors Deborah and Eric Ray use crystal-clear instructions and friendly prose to introduce you to all of today's Unix essentials. You’ll find the information you need to get started with the operating system and learn the most common Unix commands and concepts so that Unix can do the hard work for you. After mastering the basics of Unix, you’ll move on to how to use directories and files, work with a shell, and create and edit files. You’ll then learn how to manipulate files, configure a Unix environment, and run–and even write–scripts. Throughout the book–from logging in to…
Author(s): Eric J. Ray, Deborah S. Ray

12. Shell Programming in Unix, Linux and OS X: The Fourth Edition of Unix Shell Programming (4th Edition) (Developer’s Library) (2016)

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate CollectionShell Programming in Unix, Linux and OS X is a thoroughly updated revision of Kochan and Wood’s classic Unix Shell Programming tutorial. Following the methodology of the original text, the book focuses on the POSIX standard shell, and teaches you how to develop programs in this useful programming environment, taking full advantage of the underlying power of Unix and Unix-like operating systems. After a quick review of Unix utilities, the book’s authors take you step-by-step through the process of building shell scripts, debugging them, and understanding how they work within…
Author(s): Stephen G. Kochan, Patrick Wood

Best Unix Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some unix books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Systems Programming in Unix/Linux

Author(s): K. C. Wang
Publisher: Springer, Year: 2018, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2259662

Beginning Modern Unix: Learn to Live Comfortably in a Modern Unix Environment

Author(s): Manish Jain
Publisher: Apress, Year: 2018, Size: 12 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2309243

Hands-On System Programming with C++ Build robust and concurrent Unix and Linux systems with C++17

Author(s): Dr. Rian Quinn
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2314495

UNIX: The Textbook

Author(s): Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Robert M. Koretsky
Publisher: Chapman and Hall/CRC, Year: 2017, Size: 36 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1606477

Unix and Shell Programming

Author(s): Anoop Chaturvedi, B.L. Rai
Publisher: Laxmi Publications, Year: 2017, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2118877

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook

Author(s): Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Trent R. Hein, Ben Whaley, Dan Mackin
Publisher: Addison-Wesley, Year: 2017, Size: 114 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2119133

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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