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Old 03-17-2015, 12:58 PM   #1
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Best book to learn Ubuntu and the command line?


Hi all! Just joined. First post.

Looking around Amazon.com I see that there are a lot of books out there. I was wondering if there were a small number that were generally considered to be the best for a newbie to learn Ubuntu and the command line.

I am a Windows refugee having bought a clean machine from System76 in May 2014 with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS installed. I got my first computer back in the early 90's and actually liked DOS! Kind of full circle I guess.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks!

Kevin
 
Old 03-17-2015, 01:22 PM   #2
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reykev,

Welcome to LQ.

Personally I would not waste money on book purchases for what you require.

Simply use Google search when you need help with a given topic.

Use these LQ forums and others such as Ubuntu Forums. There is a wealth of knowledge and advice out there and it's all FREE.

http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=100

Have a look at post #2 here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...tu-4175536537/

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Old 03-17-2015, 01:46 PM   #3
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https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal

https://help.ubuntu.com/stable/ubuntu-help/index.html

http://files.ubuntu-manual.org/manua...tu%2014.04.pdf
 
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Old 03-17-2015, 03:43 PM   #4
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You have already received some good links, but if you really generous towards yourself then check out Mark Sobell's book 'A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux'
 
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:30 PM   #5
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I found "Linux In A Nutshell" to be invaluable when I first started to learn about linux, and remember ubuntu is NOT linux.
 
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Old 03-18-2015, 03:32 AM   #6
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reykev,

Welcome to LQ.

Personally I would not waste money on book purchases for what you require.

Simply use Google search when you need help with a given topic.

Use these LQ forums and others such as Ubuntu Forums. There is a wealth of knowledge and advice out there and it's all FREE.

http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=100

Have a look at post #2 here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...tu-4175536537/
Thank you. I was looking for a general orientation, not just solutions to specific problems but, thank you!
 
Old 03-18-2015, 03:33 AM   #7
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Thank you for the links. Very helpful.

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You have already received some good links, but if you really generous towards yourself then check out Mark Sobell's book 'A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux'
Thank you! I will check that out.
 
Old 03-18-2015, 03:35 AM   #8
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You have already received some good links, but if you really generous towards yourself then check out Mark Sobell's book 'A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux'
Thank you! I will check that out.
 
Old 03-18-2015, 03:37 AM   #9
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I found "Linux In A Nutshell" to be invaluable when I first started to learn about linux, and remember ubuntu is NOT linux.
"ubuntu is NOT Linux". That confuses me. I am new here and don't want to break the rules, but...
 
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It has a Linux kernel, so it is Linux. GNU/Linux actually, but whatever.

Many more experienced Linux users steer clear of Ubuntu, probably something to do with not liking Canonical and its user friendly-ness, automated stuff... maybe, not sure. I was introduced to Linux with Linux Mint (derived from Ubuntu), which, in my opinion, think is a great OS when someone is making the switch from Windows to Linux. After a short while the OS had lots of bugs and issues and just wasn't very stable, or as stable as I'd like it to be. I played around with a few distros until I found a home with Debian.
 
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