Anyway, The Best of Hack and / consists of a collection of Rankin’s articles from his days at Linux Journal. There were two motivating factors that led to this publication: (1) to consolidate all the best and most useful articles in a single format and (2) to preserve what amounts to a very large archive of articles. Who knows if the ones available on-line will continue to remain accessible in the years to come.
As for the content itself, the author writes in a very easy to digest style and the book layout is formatted in such a away that it is straightforward to read and follow, especially where command-lines examples are provided.
The book serves as a wonderful tool and addition to a Linux system administrator’s arsenal with wonderfully detailed HOWTO guides, tips, tricks and more.