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Distribution: Slackware, I have taken the dive, it feels good.
Linux (Slackware) Books
I am about to take yet another Linux dive. I have tried various distros but have always fallen back to windows. This summer I am getting a new hard drive and plan to start off new with slackware. THe way I look at it is the best way for me to learn is to dive right in and learn it from the ground up.
I plan to buy Slackware 9 and get a book (or two) with it. I was wondering what people think of "Slackware Essentials" ( i know its a little outdated) and "Linux Complete Reference" (by Walnut Creek CD-ROM) I have been unable to find a review on this second one. Both of these are available on at the slackware store. (it won't let me post urls, sorry)
Any help you can give me on these or any other books would be greatly appreciated.
My suggestion for a book is "Running Linux" by the O'Reily Group. It isn't Slackware specific, but Slackware is so generic, anything in it will work. Its good. It deals with lots of stuff, but isn't really hard to understand.
I agree with both the previous posts. rute is a good for learning linux and almost any book or howto that is not distro specific would work for slackware. as for the slackware book being out of date some parts may be but i'm sure much of it is still good.
You are making a good choice in slackware for learning linux.
I second contrasutra's suggestion. "Running Linux" is an excellent book - most (if not all ) of your questions will be answered by this one. Be sure to get the latest edition, which is the fourth (ISBN: 0596002726).
you can't go wrong with "Running Linux". I'm pretty new to linux and I refrence that book everyday. The authors of the book found a way to throw some humor in there too, I find myself laughing out loud often while reading the book. Maybe I'm just a geek, but oh well.
I plan to buy Slackware 9 and get a book (or two) with it. I was wondering what people think of "Slackware Essentials" ( i know its a little outdated)
I have Slackware Essentials (bought it with version 9 cd-roms) and it's quite good.
It walks you through the most important steps, like installation, PPP connection to the Internet, adding/removing users, etc... Nothing ground-breaking, but it should help you get a good "feel" for the entire Slackware system.
After that, honestly, it's more a question of hanging around forums such as this one and reading the "man" pages. Always remember that your three UNIX friends are "apropos", "man" and "whatis".
There is a very good book for complete beginners: "Think Unix", which will help you go through the most basic commands. Get this instead of the "Complete Linux Reference", which are not very interesting.