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Ok i'm learning linux. I currently have slackware 8.1 installed and am using it to post this message. However I must admit I know next to nothing about linux.
I want to know whats a really good linux book I can buy that will get me up to speed in all aspects with the os??
For general Linux, I like Running Linux 3rd Edition, by O'reilly. If you can wait about another month, or so, the 4th Edition is about to be released. If you want Slackware specific books, there are a number of them out, but some of them are a little dated. Slackware Linux for Dummies is inexpensive and easy to understand for newbies. Some of the others will probably have their own suggestions.
If you bought the 4-CD Official Slackware set, you'll find the book, 'Slackware Linux Essentials' on one of the CDs. You may be able to download it from the Slackware website, too. If not, you can browse the book online.
I'm like Jharris now, I haven't bought or borrowed a Linux book in ages, but when I started out, 100% newb, a friend handed me Running Linux, told me to skip the chapter on tape drives, and I've never looked back, its a wonderful resource.
To really understand things though the most helpful experience was building an LFS... might want to think about that later, fun way to kill a weekend with the flu.
Originally posted by finegan To really understand things though the most helpful experience was building an LFS... might want to think about that later, fun way to kill a weekend with the flu.
My turn to agree with Finegan! Building an FLS system is a very good way to learn. Thankfully my experience of this was done on works time and had nothing to do with the flu! It certianly makes you think about all the little utilities that you take for granted (a bit like HP-UX really )
Slackware did a really good job with their Slackware Linux Essentials. All the basic stuff is explained very well for the newbie, but it's not too basic that you'll ever throw it away. You can browse it free online, but it's cheap from the slack store and worth having bound. This book and Running Linux are always by my computer.