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Old 03-16-2002, 05:44 PM   #1
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Any good books for Linux?


Hi Guys,

I am very new to Linux and I don't mind saying, a bit overwhelmed. Does anybody have any suggestions for a good book about Linux (preferably wirtten in dumbed down english). I'm pretty good with computers (Windows) but I want to be able to understand what I'm reading.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,
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Old 03-16-2002, 07:48 PM   #2
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I tell you what, I am very new, too! I'll tell you a book not to get-Linux for Dummies. It leaves you feeling like a dummy!!! Some jerk at work suggested it-and I got it, thinking he knew what he was talking about, comes out that he don't know squat about Linux at all, he just saw it in the bookstore and thought it would help. I 'm sure this book is okay for some, but it is built on the premise that you don't know anything about Windoz. Try going to a bookstore and look-n-see what they got, and flip through different books to see if the writing style grabs you! It would be a good start...Hang in there-it gets better!!!
 
Old 03-16-2002, 08:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for advice

Thanks a lot for the advice. I think that is true with all of the, "for dummies," books. I never have liked the writing style of those books. I'll take your advice though and avoid it all-together.

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Old 03-16-2002, 08:38 PM   #4
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Probably one of the best I seen and read most of is the O'Reily's books. Linux in a Nutshell is very good.

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Old 03-16-2002, 08:44 PM   #5
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Try the Documentation - Guides at the Linux Documentation Project. Two books there have been particularly useful to me: Linux Installation and Getting Started and The Linux Kernel.
 
Old 03-17-2002, 01:48 PM   #6
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'Running Linux' by O'Reilly is a good book to have. It will help with a lot of issues you may run into. I also have 'Using Red Hat Linux' which has a lot of information in it as well.
 
Old 03-17-2002, 04:21 PM   #7
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digital references

Digital references (on the web) are superior to "paper books" because of hyperlinks and keyword searches (no page flipping or searching with your eyes).

The amount of freely available digital content is growing at a tremendous rate...

http://www.linuxdoc.org is an excellent portal for learning everything you ever wanted to now about Linux!

also, http://www.google.com is a terriffic search engine
 
Old 03-17-2002, 09:08 PM   #8
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Linux Books

I'm also a newbie and as far as a HowTo book, I've found Running Linux, published by O'Reilly
to be really helpful. You can hardly go wrong with any of their books. A Practical Guide to Linux
by Mark G. Sobell (published by Addison Wesley) does a pretty good job outlining
the conceptual framework of Linux (as near as I can tell ).
Just my opinion.

 
Old 03-17-2002, 10:38 PM   #9
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I got the 15 Hour Weekend Crash Course: Red Hat Linux 7.2

the writing style is easy to understand and the "courses" are really helpful if you're trying to configure a certain thing or trying to set up a particular service. and it comes with a copy RH 7.2.
 
Old 03-17-2002, 11:52 PM   #10
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Ive got a pretty good one from Guru Labs, GL250 Linux Systems Administration. its the one that i got from school though, not sure if they sell it on the web site.
www.gurulabs.com
 
Old 03-18-2002, 02:33 PM   #11
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Get a Teach-Yourself-Linux book. Doesn't matter much what distro you use cuz they're all Linux. It's intermediate. No frills.
 
Old 03-18-2002, 05:05 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the great info.

I just wanted to take this time to thank everyone for the great ideas on books and online resources. Sounds like I've got a lot of reading to do.

I am brand new to linux so I've been a bit overwhelmed with it. I need to unlearn Windows, and learn Linux.

Thanks again,
freezinbutt
 
Old 03-19-2002, 11:27 AM   #13
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I actually like the "Unleashed" books. They're not exactly for n00bs, but has some great material in them. I believe there is a Red Hat Linux Unleashed publication.
 
Old 03-20-2002, 02:34 AM   #14
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those of you running red hat may wanna try this link to the whole Red Hat Linux Unleashed
book http://sunsite.iisc.ernet.in/virlib/linux/rh_unleash/ . Is the whole thing.
 
  


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