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As someone who is moving into more of a devops role from a pure development role. Here is my learning list so far.

1. The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference. http://www.amazon.com/The-TCP-Guide-Comprehensive-Illustrate...

2. Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Environment-Addison-Wesley...

3. A systems programming language- I choose golang.

4. GDB/makefiles

5. SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide: The Definitive Guide http://www.amazon.com/SSH-Secure-Shell-Definitive-Guide-eboo...

If you like the Stevens, his TCP/IP Illustrated is kind of a 'bible'.

Also, not sure what you're getting into but usually for sysadmin for scripting you need to know one of: Bash|python|Perl|Ruby

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