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I seen a second hand copy of the third edition, and I realise theres possibly alot of new info in the current edition, but do you know if it covers most of what you mentioned?
I do not have the Third Edition, so I do not know about the changes made since then. I recommend you either get to Amazon and check the whole listing of chapters and then compare with the third edition, or you buy the Fourth Edition altogether.
I would think that a book entitled UNIX Unleashed would cover the major System V flavors as well as BSD. My list would include HP-UX, Solaris, AIX, and BSD. If the book is so heavily slanted toward Solaris and Linux, I would have come up with a new title for the book something more descriptive of the books content. Linux and Solaris Unleashed perhaps? Just some thoughts.
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For those wondering, the Fourth edition of UU is *all* new content. So getting UU3 will not get you anything that is in the edition reviewed here.
I remember looking on some "Unix unleashed" book, don't remember edition (it was about 4 years ago) - it was a big disapointment. So far "... unleashed" books are on the bottom of my list - I have yet to see a good one. Usually they are big, pretending to cover it all but I've seen enough incorrect statements there to trust the content.
When you look on "... unleashed" think about "Dog unleashed" - it runs away, mates with whatever it find, gets some fleas and you need to get lots of time and effort to bring it back under control. That's what may happen with your Unix box if your sysadmin uses this book.
I'd recommend "Unix System Administrator handbook" by gang of 4 instead.