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I haven't quite broken into yet because it's mainly a reference tool book. So what Linux is it talking about? I saw a chapter mentioning Debian and Red Hat. I might put on RH again if it's what the book is mainly refering to. This book is rather large and I'm not quite for sure where to start here. But if I can get the correct distro on it might help.
Most of the commands and referneces in that book are Linux-neutral. Meaning that it really doesn't matter which distro you use, they will all mostly work. More than likely the book will mention where the different distros differ on certain parts of the system. It would be safe to say go with RH or FC when using that book though.
If the book you have is this one then it doesn't really refer to any one specific distribution of Linux.
The bulk of the book (section 3 - Linux Commands) is made up of an alphabetical list of commands for the Linux shell (or Konsole). The rest of the book deals with generic tools found on nearly all distro's (such as Grub and Lilo, the vi text editor etc) and how to set them up.
It's not what I'd call an easy read, and probably shouldn't be read cover to cover in one sitting, but it's well handy to have around on your desk for as and when you need that elusive command etc.
If you want a book dealing with a specific distro, then try the 'Linux Bible' series of books. They mostly focus on Red Hat derived distro's (RH, FC, Suse etc) and are quite a tome, but if you want to bone up on the distro that the book covers then they're a worthwhile read.
I would also highly recommend the SuSE manuals. While they obviously are specific to the SuSE distro, they contain a wealth of information that would be transferrable to pretty much any distro. -- J.W.
OK, thanks but I might not be able to check into it for a long time. These books are a killing (a near $40 at Barnes & Noble for "Nutshell"). If I get another I might pick up "The Linux Cookbook". But thanks for the advice.
Distribution: Kanotix HD Install, Debian Testing, XP Pro,Vista RC1
You might check out used book stores and rummage sales. The public library is a good source also to see which books you actually want to shell out your own hard earned money to buy. And last but not least I have found and purchased several off of E-Bay quite cheaply. Good luck on your search.
linux cookbook (o'reilly) is an excellent book. i picked it up a few weeks ago...thought i had spent a ton of money (ok, 40 bucks, but still thats a lot) on a book i'd never use....then i found myself using it a lot....
linux in a nutshell will be handy for you once you start to grasp the details of linux...it's also a great reference manual that covers linux, not just a few distros...
Distribution: Debian Wheezy / BackTrack 5/ Linux Mint 17
I have that book and in the begining somewhere it states that it uses Red Hat 9.x for the manual. I have run Red Hat and am now running Debian, and the base commands are the same. The only differences I have found is that it talks about RPM packages and does not go into apt-get or dpkg.