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Old 01-29-2015, 09:12 PM   #1
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which Linux ibooks do you recommend ?


I just bought a refurb computer at the recommendation of a forum member and now I need a manual. Which is the best online ebook to learn Linux for very very beginners! Like ' how to knock the computer on' beginners! A book that doesn't presume I know what a distro is! I'm joining the Linux community and very excited to steep myself in all things Linux but I need to start at the very beginning otherwise I'll end up getting disillusioned by the scale of the Linux dictionary.

Of course I am very Mac competant and not a complete computer unsavvy guy but I believe in order to really know something you have to go back to the basics. Please recommend a basic online books preferably in iBooks.

I look forward to driving you all crazy over the next six months with my ABC questions.


Thanks guys
 
Old 01-29-2015, 09:25 PM   #2
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Excellent ebook and reference guide
http://www.thegeekstuff.com/linux-101-hacks-ebook/

And it's FREE.
 
Old 01-31-2015, 11:45 AM   #3
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That 101-hacks book is not aimed at beginners.

The first place to start is with the documentation of a distribution, like these
http://www.linuxmint.com/documentation.php
http://www.salixos.org/guide.html
http://pclinuxoshelp.com/index.php/Main_Page

Then the various GUIs have their documentation, like
http://wiki.mate-desktop.org/
http://docs.xfce.org/
as do the applications
https://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/documentation/

The command line is useful, but you don't want to rush into it. When you feel the need, there's
http://cb.vu/unixtoolbox.pdf
http://linux.2038bug.com/rute-home.html
The last is very old, but still good.
 
Old 01-31-2015, 03:48 PM   #4
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That 101-hacks book is not aimed at beginners.
I disagree. There are some chapters on some basic everyday commands and navigating the command line. The more immediate chapters could be read later on depending how much the beginner has grasp the basics. It's good to have just as a reference guide as well.
 
Old 02-01-2015, 11:11 AM   #5
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The point I was trying to make is that the command line needs to be taken slowly by beginners. Too many people are put off Linux by being rushed into the CLI by enthusiasts — these days you can do almost everything with the GUI.
 
Old 02-01-2015, 01:21 PM   #6
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OK, I understand your point.

Personally for me, I was attracted to linux because of the powerful commandline. I do use both CLI/GUI where appropriately suited. :-)
 
Old 02-01-2015, 10:44 PM   #7
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Here are some useful resources:

Going Linuxis a podcast with many other available resources.

About dot com has a good Linux site oriented to new and intermediate users.

Linux Voice is a new Linux magazine that posts useful articles. Magazine issues are made available under a Creative Commons license nine months after publication dates.

There is also a wealth of documentation at The Linux Documentation Project, most of it oriented towards the command line (GUI tools may vary, because there are many different desktops for Linux; enthusiasts--and LQ users--tend to gravitate to the command line because it is pretty much the same from one distro to another; it is the lowest common denominator of Linux). The one I would particularly recommend is Garrels's Introduction to Linux, which can be found in several formats partway down this page. I still have a printout of it on my bookshelf.
 
  


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