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Old 06-06-2002, 08:18 PM   #1
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Which linux book should I buy?

I'm a beginner-intermediate linux user (actually, more intermediate than beginner) and I would like to know which linux book I should buy. I mean, I know how to install linux, partition my HD, run the xwindow and I know some basic functions on the shell. Which book do you recommend me if I don't want to waste my time with the basics?
Old 06-06-2002, 11:52 PM   #2
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Any of the O'Reily books then. This is asked all the time as well. You will get many responses but you can't beat the O'Reily books, like Linux in a Nutshell and/or Running Linux are good.
Old 06-07-2002, 12:25 AM   #3
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The internet is the best place
Old 06-07-2002, 01:16 AM   #4
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books are goo tho, good for when your poopin'

Get the "Linux Complete" 1000 page book for 16 dollars. It's an excellent read. covers a lot of newbie stuff and advanced.
Old 06-07-2002, 01:40 AM   #5
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Beginning Linux Programming by Richard Stevens and Niel Mathew (wrox publication).
Old 06-07-2002, 07:46 AM   #6
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I use Running Linux and the Mandrake doc that came on the distro CDs, almost exclusively. After that, I use man to some degree and then google and various forums.
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To be honest, it all depends on what you wanna do.

My very first Linux book was entitled "Using Caldera OpenLinux 2.3" and was several hundred pages long. It explained lots of things, had a list of hardware compatible with the 2.2.x kernel, and even covered KDE 1.x... After a while, as my knowledge and needs grew, this book didn't cut it anymore, so I bought a book called "Linux Network Servers 24/7". I found it to be an excellent reference, but after a while, as my knowledge of the OS grew even more, that book didn't cut it either. At this point I realized that the best reference you can get is this. However, to get acquainted with the OS, I still recommend getting either a general "how to use Linux" book, or a more specialized title, say geared more towards a server environment. Once you get comfortable enough with the OS, the ony thing you'll need are mailing list archives, Google and The Linux Documentation Project.
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I have the "a practical guide to linux" which is a book that covers all areas of linux (100 pages). It´s realy good and goes deep in an understandable language. It doesn´t cover installation, only use/explanation of the different programs, from bash to X. I use it all the time...
Old 06-14-2002, 04:06 AM   #9
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I have found that <b>The Complete Reference</b> by <b>Richard Peterson</b> to be very helpfull. It covers RedHat 7.2, Caldera 2.4 and SuSE 7.0. Which covers Installing, GUI's, Security, Networking, Servers-Apache, News, Proxy etc..., Sendmail, Shells. Plus it goes over Programming as in Shell scripts, Perl tcl/TK, gawk. It has everything for a beginner to get started and can be used as a reference for the advanced user.


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