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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?
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.
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...
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.