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I tried a couple beginner books, such as Linux Programming by Osbourne Pub. and Unix in 24 hours, and they were mediocre (all of them you can find at a big book store). I like using the net or just hauling out the big books like The Linux Bible. Books that I would never use is the Dummies and Idiots series.
I purchased two books. I wanted to cover commands and practical usage. I bought books called Linux System Commands by Patrick Volkerding (creator of Slackware) and Peter Norton's Complete Guide to Linux.
I too,passed the exam recently.The Linux+ Bible is great except the guy keeps referring to useradd as "adduser"which is a script and not a command.
I like the Dee-Ann LeBlanc's books I've read.And the aforementioned Peter Norton guide was useful(I dont think he really did much of the writing;it was Arthur Griffith),believe it or not.
Its basic bookj which teaches you all the basic commands you would ever need as a newbie and it even teaches you some admin which can be useful for home user and He refers to Linux in the latest addition
Distribution: Red Hat 7.0, 7.2,8,9, Mandrake 9.0, 9.2, Knoppix, DSL, Fedora Core 4,Solaris 8
I have an old book called Linux System Administrator's Survival Guide by Tim Parker and it is very good. I imagine there is a new one. I have alos read RedHat 7 Unleashed by Sam's Publishing (I think) and it was also very useful. It covers everything, including Samba and Apache.
Any book is valuable most likely, but you can also find alot of information and such online as well. There are plenty of help, documentation and newbie sites out there for poeple just getting started with Linux.
And yes, if you search this site, this is asked alot. You'll find more by even searching here.