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This is my first post on this forum and I am getting started with Linux. Can anyone give me some advice on this online PDF book.
Its called: An introuduction to Linux, A hands on Guide and its written by Machtelt Garrels. Its Edition 1.27 and I need some advice. Any suggestions on other books would be good also.
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I haven't read that, but I've read another work by the same author, on the Bash shell, and the author clearly knows what he is doing. whether his style appeals to you, is more of a mystery to me...
More to the point, on LQ you are more likely to get help with specific questions;
are there any points that you are stuck on now?
are there any points on which you currently want to make progress, or are stuck?
is there anything that particularly interests you?
i'm sure that there are very general books on Linux that are good, but I can't currently think of any, unfortunately. It is just too big a subject and anything on GUIs goes out of date pretty rapidly, where anything on the use of the command line is closer to timeless.
What kind of advice you seek regarding Machtelt's PDF?
I am wondering about the depth that the book goes into and things like if there are any screen-shots and if it is clearly written or not. Just general things like that. I am not a server kind of guy and just want to understand the potential and how to use Linux and not particularly hardwear. I am very comfortable with Windows so if the book compared Linux toit then that would be help me to understand it more. There is no Distro that I am focusing on at the moment but I am starting with Ubuntu 10.4 LTS edition.
if you know the answers to these then please post them up.
Last edited by seawarrior; 08-25-2011 at 10:36 AM.
If you want to use a system which is very similar to Windows, then stay with Windows.
If you want to learn Linux, just do it, begin to use it. Linux is much about reading manuals, start with the tutorial you've asked for, it seems to be a good start. Install Linux and use it. If you run into problems, open a thread here, we will help you.
Last edited by markush; 08-25-2011 at 05:47 PM.
2008-06-06, so its old now. Seems to be mainly focusing on command line and basics, so its not totally obsolete, but I dont know if its a good guide to linux for you.
Haev you considered just trying a liveCD, or even isntalling, and seeing how you go? You might very few, if any problems. If you do have problems, you can try here, or even check the distro documentation. If you run into a problem, the answer is normally in the documentation somewhere.
Linux is nothing like Windows. In fact, when I switched to Linux, I found out that many things that I thought were part of the nature of computers were just Windows concepts.
Or Microsoft generated misnomers; look for example at "Document". Before
Microsoft came along decided to call a file a document a document was something
that gets tucked away, and has seals and/or signatures against it so people
don't tamper w/ it. Today a document is something you change 20 times a
day w/ out the slightest worry or concern.
Or "folder" as another example: where in real life have you seen sticking
folders inside folders inside folders ...
As far as I'm concerned MS is not only screwing up computer use, but creating
a train wreck of language concepts in the process.
Tinkster, you have a great signature. Help others to help themselves is a wise philosophy.
To seawarrior; to a large degree, that signature reflects the thinking of the Linux community. Just try things out. If problems are encountered that one cannot solve on one's own, there are many people willing to help. Those who share Tinkster's philosophy offer the best kind of help.