[SOLVED] What do you recomend for a new linux user to read?
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I don't want to push you into a certain direction for your distro, but this is very good guide: http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-reference/
At applies to all Debian derived distros, but still contains a lot of information also valid for Fedora-like distros.
Why is it good? Because even after 7 years experience with Linux I still discover things in this manual which I did not understand quite before, or suddenly I see pieces fit together. That means it contains a lot of useful and true information.
For a programming language, your best bets would be C++ or Python. Both are rather beginner-friendly, given you take the time to learn what you're doing. Unless you plan on writing or editing software code, programming isn't always needed.
As far as books go, I'd recommend something more distro-specific. Of course, I don't know what distro you're using or plan on using.
jlinkels' suggestion on books is good; it makes sense to buy a resource that can apply to multiple popular distributions. But if you're set on, say, Arch or Slackware, then get a book more relevant to those.
If you compare me with Gurus here, i am toooo newbie, but i work on linux quite confidently. Here is what i used and i wont exagerate a bit.
1) CBT nuggets, beginner one. Use this and remember one thing that i did very strictly, stayed away from the partitions related stuff. It always used to confuse me so i stayed away from them. This series will get you starting in no time.
2) Linuxcbt classic edition. you will get more then enough knowledge, dean davis is simply at his best :-)
3) The most important advice, use google for any query you have in mind, i always do that, and 98% of the time, i get my answer.
I havent use any particular books for linux, in the same way i never used for windows xp. Linux is an operating system so treat it this way. Linux is very very easy :-)