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I decided to give this book 4 stars just because I like the way it is laid out (speaking frankly colour in the book wouldn't have gone a miss, it is all black and white with a little grey) and also that it is useful if you are just beginning to get into all this stuff. There were parts that when I followed along it worked and some other parts it didn't work but that is because I didn't have all the proper tools/packages installed.
I am wondering why carefulbuyer decided to buy this surely he could read the title of the book?? I read his review and since he was already familiar with all the concepts it made no sense and his weird thing of wanting to find new information didn't make sense given what the title is, I suppose some new concepts could be introduced however since this was clearly aimed at beginners and people with very little knowledge then he just decided to buy the book to bash the author which I think is wrong.
There are parts the author could improve in the next book if they decide to write a new book or a more advanced book in the future. A little bit of testing while also writing the book couldn't have gone a miss either, however if the book doesn't tell you what packages you need and you need to do research on the internet to find out I will just guess that is the author not spoon feeding everything to you, you don't learn by being given everything, you get given a little and you make something from that and what you don't know you find out from research yourself.
I am using my real name because people can use any name for their reviews and I find leaving the real name allows reviewers who read the reviews to say yes this guy must be real or this guy was clearly paid to write a review.
Regardless of whether you read the reviews or not just think carefully whether you want to spend your money on this book as it is your money and only you can make the decision whether to spend it or not. Always do the research first before buying.
This is a great book that teaches the absolute basics of Linux. There are a few great chapters in here that are specifically geared towards hacking, however if you are looking for a book on hacking you may want to look elsewhere. This book is best for somebody with no Linux knowledge. I purchased this book to see if there were any tips or tricks that I could pick up on. It is a really easy to read and follow book and has a great format.
This book was well written, easy to follow, and relatively concise. I think it creates a decent base of learning some of the general functionality of linux, but I would absolutely not recommend beginning your linux journey with this book. While Kali is a great tool (note the use of the word tool,) it is designed to be run from root, uses a modified kernal, and you will likely need to install loads of software in order to make it a daily driver OS (since it isn't one). It's sort of like if you wanted to learn how to drive, and found a concise, well written driver's instruction course for driving a forklift on the interstate. I hate to penalize the score because it truly is a well written guide, just not the guide I would recommend using. Keep Kali on a bootable USB or VM, but maybe try Mint or Ubuntu first.
What this book is: A great introduction to the Linux CLI. If you’re aspiring to be a “hacker” or a pen tester, this is a great first book to pick up. The author(s) cover essential commands you’ll need to properly utilize Linux, and specifically Kali.
What this book is not: This is not a how-to-hack book. You’ll still need to learn exploits on your own, which isn’t hard, but all the exploits in the world will be worthless unless you understand basic commands. Will you be able to pick this up and hack into your jerk neighbors Wi-Fi? No.
I’d put myself as intermediate as far as using Kali and Linux in general, and this is still useful to help fill in the gaps and have a reference available. If I had a few more years under my belt, I wouldn’t find this to be useful, and would likely just buy the Linux pocket guide as a reference.
I bought this book expecting to walk away with some decent penetration testing experience. However, nearly all of this book is something that could be done with any distribution of Linux. There penetration testing packages available in Kali were virtually untouched. Additionally, some of the hacking exercises required a Raspberry Pi, Wifi card, or Bluetooth adapter. Since I didn't have those by the time I got to the exercises, I wasn't able to test if my scripts worked.
If you have an understanding of Linux and are looking for a guide for hacking, don't buy this book. It won't be able to teach you enough about Kali to do penetration testing and everything it covers on Linux would only be useful to a true beginner.
Having said that, I had a great time learning Linux from this book while pretending to be a hacker. I have no experience in Linux and always felt it was too complex. Now, I'm planning on replacing my Windows OS with a Linux distribution. Thank you Linux Basics for Hacking. You didn't teach me how to hack, but you taught me how to love Linux.