Originally Posted by swagner7
I would recommend that you install Linux on a machine and just get into it. You will learn more that way than by just reading about it.
If the OP is going to be installing Slackware then i'd say reading the book before hand is a good step, and also whilst installing.
it gives valuable insights into some of the problems you face, when i had a small tipple of slackware i didn't read the book first, and so i ended up with a 2.4 kernel and some other stuff (this was like 9.1 though).
Books are a great aid, they can show you some neat tricks, and i prefer reading about something before embarking on something.
on the whole though i agree, the greatest learning experience comes from a bit of trial and error with some research and knowledge
Advise for the OP:
1) Google words you don't understand, i do that whenever i find one, it's a good thing to do for any task, and it makes things much clearer.
2) Re-read things at least twice, then break it down into manageable chunks, this will help you to remember and digest.
3) Bookmark LQ
4) Check out LQ bookmarks, and peoples signatures, all contain useful links
5) Check the publication date of any guides you follow, Linux is developing at quite a fast rate, and whilst many older techniques still apply, there are several ways to do somethigns that may not be covered (there are pros and cons to both sides of that story, i'll leave you as to which you take