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Old 10-07-2003, 11:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy A Solid Book for a Linux Newbie

Well Hello Linux Gurus,

Yes it is yet another Windows NetAdmin that has just built his first Linux box to venture down the road of RedHat and see if I might be able to get my hands around this OS.

I am in charge of building 2 Linux boxes for production to be clustered in a Win2K AD envornment. One will be an Oracle DB server and the other will be the Web interface running Apache. I thought to myself, I can figure this out. Since I enjoy what i do, I always love a new chalenge. Yeah well... "Not so much" would be a good way to describe how easy it is to tweak config one of these guys. And I am just speaking of a workstation.

I'll save the technical specific questions for other forums. The question I have here is can someone give me a good book to purchase for a Novice that is new to Linux? Like a Linux for dummies type read. I need a gentle introduction that will lead to more complex scenarios.

And no I've never worked with UNIX.

Thanks in Advance,
Old 10-07-2003, 11:20 AM   #2
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i would like to suggest two books from orielly

running linux
linux in a nutshell

check the guides and howto's in for a start

rahul sundaram
Old 10-07-2003, 12:16 PM   #3
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in addition to, Rute's guide is great:

and RH has extensive set of docs:

here's a site with some very basic howtos:

Old 10-07-2003, 12:19 PM   #4
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Thanks Much....I'll look into them.

Old 10-07-2003, 01:50 PM   #5
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Personally, I like O'Reilly books. They give you the "meat" of linux, as opposed others that just show you how to use X and a few basic commands.

Essential System Administration from O'Rielly is a good start. I would also suggest a good book on Bash.

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Old 10-07-2003, 02:46 PM   #6
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How about The Red Hat Bible ? Think they have a v.9.1 out now
Old 10-07-2003, 08:18 PM   #7
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linux administration handbook, Nemeth, Snyder, Hein, is also a good book, plus the oreilly books listed.
Old 10-07-2003, 08:29 PM   #8
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This may be rather dry, but it is available online (free) and is thoroughly comprehensive:

RUTE Linux textbook


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