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Old 03-13-2008, 10:56 AM   #1
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Question Needing a book that teaches how to operate the Linix sytem.


Just bought a Asus Eeepc Linix based OS. Brand new to Linix. Need a book recomendation to learn this system. manufactures tutorial is totally useless. Thank you in advance. Ted Kramer.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 11:01 AM   #2
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Linux for Dummies
 
Old 03-13-2008, 12:48 PM   #3
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I can't suggest anything specific to the eeePC (I agree the documentation is ridiculous). The nearest to the Kanotix installed on the eeePC is the Kanotix website. They assisted it putting together the OS used on the eeePC, but they deny any responsibility for the OS.

You may, if you wish, install any other Linux distro.

General books on Linux that you can download at no charge:
Rute Users Exposition and Tutorial
Linux Administration Made Easy

For more (online reading and download) http://www.google.com/linux, search for: linux books.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 12:59 PM   #4
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What do you want to do? Linux for Dummies hasn't been much help to me. It mostly is about how to do things from the command line better done in a GUI application. If I am going to send an email, I would rather use NS Messenger 4.X. It is also a better text editor than Emacs, Vi, etc. and its spell checker blows the doors off Ispell. It is not like 4.X is the very newest. I only hope I can find a version to run on the Debian on my new system.

It was no help at all resetting the time this week on my old system. Neither were the Help pages. I couldn't get Mandrake 10.1 to display the time I set in Drakclock no matter what I did. Everytime I clicked on close, it would reset to the displayed time. Finally Drakclock hung and I had to Xkill it. AH, the task bar finally moved me to the next time zone East standard time. I hope by November my new system has an updated Daylight time function.

I have been using a computer with Mandrake OS for about 4 years and have yet to find much help on anything I want to do.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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Why bother buying a book... forums like this one, Google, Wiki, the various Linux sites and How To sites for bash/sed/gawk/apache/mysql and whatever else are surely infinately better than forking out for some book.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 01:22 PM   #6
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It is also a better text editor than Emacs, Vi, etc.
VI/VIM until I die
 
Old 03-13-2008, 01:37 PM   #7
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re books on linux

I sympathise, they are legion and some best used as a reference- has anyone actually read Negus' bibles end to end? If anyone says 'yes'then they need medical help! The library is a good place to start as you take 'em away and browse at leisure without shelling out 30 quid or so. Different books suit different folks.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 01:54 PM   #8
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Why bother buying a book... forums like this one, Google, Wiki, the various Linux sites and How To sites for bash/sed/gawk/apache/mysql and whatever else are surely infinately better than forking out for some book.
Good point. It was on another forum I learned how to use session manager to have what I wanted to open on start up. Now if somebody could tell me where to find an email program as good as the Mesenger 4.x I was running 10 years ago on my Quadra....
 
Old 03-13-2008, 04:34 PM   #9
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Hello,

As others have said there are many great resources available on the 'Net. One of these resources is The Linux Documentation Project @ http://tldp.org/.

You might check out the Guides section first, as there are quite a few great introductions to finding your way around a Linux box.

Hope that helps,
Jason
 
Old 03-13-2008, 04:44 PM   #10
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http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

Read online, buy at the shop ... either way, a good read (even though it's
a bit too RPM centric for my liking).


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 03-13-2008, 05:37 PM   #11
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As far as the Eeepc:
Welcome to EeeUser! [EeeUser Eee PC Wiki]
http://wiki.eeeuser.com/

would be a good place to start. Xandros has no docs for the modified version that is on the eeepc. But then who cares as most people install something different within a day or so of using it.

EEEguides.com
http://www.eeeguides.com/

EeeHackers - Hacking the Asus Eee PC
http://eeehackers.com/
 
Old 03-13-2008, 05:50 PM   #12
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The library is a good place to start as you take 'em away and browse at leisure without shelling out 30 quid or so. Different books suit different folks.
I agree; that's how I first found PC Magazine's Linux Solutions (good for beginners) and Linux in a Nutshell (a directory of commands). There are also quite a few books made for specific distros, as well as ones designed to make Linux as easy as possible. Just make sure the book you find is up to date. My library has all sorts of guides from 1999 that aren't exactly useful.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 07:46 PM   #13
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Just bought a Asus Eeepc Linix based OS. Brand new to Linix. Need a book recomendation to learn this system. manufactures tutorial is totally useless. Thank you in advance. Ted Kramer.
Seems like this has been asked a lot lately.

There are several online books and guides. Check out 'Linux Books & Online Magazines' for some good reference.

'Free GNU/Linux Books'

These links and others are available from 'Slackware-Links' .

Last edited by onebuck; 03-13-2008 at 07:48 PM.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 08:33 PM   #14
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Good point. It was on another forum I learned how to use session manager to have what I wanted to open on start up. Now if somebody could tell me where to find an email program as good as the Mesenger 4.x I was running 10 years ago on my Quadra....
Well...that depends. Define "good", given that this is different for everyone. Also tell what window manager you are using. KDE? Gnome? something else?

I run a full-up KDE environment, and I use Kontact for my email, contacts, and scheduling. Very nice app, IMO.

Another well known and popular email client is Evolution.

Then there is the mozilla client, thunderbird.

Then there are a variety of command-line clients.

Just depends on what you want. I think you want something graphical; you should look at kontact if you are running KDE, evolution otherwise.
 
Old 03-13-2008, 09:33 PM   #15
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I am running KDE on this system. What I run on my new system may depend on what has the friendliest applications. I looked at Evolution the other day on a live Ubuntu disk on my new system. I wasn't impressed with its spell check, and I expect to send with one click rather than draw down a menu. I was hoping Gnome would have something better than Kmail. I can understand people that know nothing except Microsoft running Outlook, but can't understand all the open source products not being any better.
 
  


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