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Old 12-02-2002, 01:16 PM   #1
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Which linux book?


I am a newb who has just installed SuSe 8.1 and want a good book to help me on my way. I want one that is comprehensive but starts at a east level. Any suggestions?
 
Old 12-02-2002, 03:43 PM   #2
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just an opinion

I think QUE books are generally better than average. My favourite Linux book is published by QUE. Your mileage may vary though. On the whole I have been disappointed with most of the beginner Linux books I've bought - maybe because I get bored before finishing them. Linux books are like six of one and half a dozen of the other. Just my 2 cents.

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Old 12-02-2002, 03:50 PM   #3
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I've heard good things about the O'Reilly books. Make sure you get either the most recent release of the books or a book that is specifically for your release (if it's anolder release) - often by the time the books are written and published the release version has changed, smetimes enough to render most of the book useless.

Good luck, though.
 
Old 12-02-2002, 03:51 PM   #4
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Linux books fall into two broad categories:
1) Noob books that really take the piss. I would steer clear of such books as Linux For Dummies.
2) Sysadmin books that expect you to have quite a bit of *nix experience.
 
Old 12-02-2002, 04:03 PM   #5
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I agree with this - 2-3 years ago I bought Linux for Dummies. It looked great, had a copy of Red Hat 5 (I think) and gave loads of step by step info.

I opened the book, put in the disk and then didn't bother with Linux for another 6 months. It was a pants book! all it explained was how to install disk 1. It said disk 2 had stuff on it and didn't refer to it, it said nothing of how to get out of trouble. All it gave was extremely detailed info on how to install the disk it contained and then a really brief and hurried list of commands you may want to use.

Frankly I have learned a lot more from magazines, trying it myself and from forums and websites like this one. Unless you are intending to build a mission critical box, I would suggest you install and play with it, the books can only tell you so much they can't tell you how you will use that info.

You could also look for your local Linux User Group - they can help with installs and other stuff you need.
 
Old 12-04-2002, 11:50 AM   #6
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I'm going to take a closer look at the o'rielly and que books and see what they are like.

XavierP - that link is dead M8.

Cheers guys
 
Old 12-04-2002, 02:18 PM   #7
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Griff - just tested the link - works fine for me.......you could try manually going to www.linux.org/groups/ that may work.
 
Old 12-04-2002, 02:35 PM   #8
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I agree, the 'Dummies' Linux books are pants. When I first dipped my toes in the Linux world, I got one of them and 'Sams Teach Yourself Mandrake Linux in 24 hours'. IMHO this was a much better book than 'Dummies', gave more details in newbie-friendly format and gave me a good grounding for moving on - after a bit of experience. They are bound to have one for SuSe.

HTH

Dutch
 
Old 12-04-2002, 02:51 PM   #9
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What really disappointed me about the Dummies book was that I had previously found them useful - one of them got me through the Win2K Pro exam (I needed it for work and they paid for me to doss around for a week at a training centre). Maybe Linux is to 'big' for a single book of only a few hundred pages to adequately cover it.
 
  


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