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Old 02-07-2004, 09:32 PM   #1
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Cool Books to read??

I am a LINUX new guy who has worked in Windows for the last 5 yeras or more. I am a network engineer and wanted to learn Linux and Unix..I ran accross a few in amazon but wnated some real feedback?

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Neal Stephenson, "in the beginning ... was the
command line"

Eric S. Raymond, The Art of Unix Programming

Ellie Quigley, UNIX Shells by Example,
also available as book:
Paul Sheer, Rute User's Tutorial

Old 02-08-2004, 12:48 AM   #3
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Agreed Tink, Quigley's book is an excellent learning tool. She explains every line of code.

I also got a lot out of "Teach Yourself Shell Programming" by Veeraraghavan - Sams Publishing - only $20 new.
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Old 02-09-2004, 09:36 AM   #5
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I would highly recommend any of the O'Reilly books on Linux. Also, Red Hat Press has come out with a few of their own. I have many of the above mentioned and they have helped me greatly. You can check for the O'Reilly titles at their website:

I also use "Red Hat 9.0 Unleashed", "Red Hat Linux 9.0 Bible", and Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional Secrets". All good in their own way. Have fun, good luck and welcome to the real world.
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Best method for me was to install Linux on a seperate machine and make it work like I wanted.

First GUI, second Web browser (required Internet connection setup via modem, then NIC), third word processor, fourth mail server,.... you get the picture. I would just mess around with each learning each until I got what I wanted. Along the way, I figured out the standard command lines, etc. It is different than dos, and that took some getting used to. I would type del where I should have been typing rm. But eventually I got it too where my mind would give Linux commands. Now on dos machines I type linux commands by accident. (PS Windows is now using some linux commands).

Old 02-09-2004, 09:59 AM   #7
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If you use Redhat, check out this book:

The Author (Chris Negus) is in my Linux Users Group ( ) based out of Tacoma, Washington. This guy knows his stuff
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Linux in a Nutshell is the ultimate command line reference!
Old 04-05-2004, 12:50 PM   #9
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Which book is BEST for Fedora ?

How about Redhat Bible ( fedora) by ...chris negus?

One other thing:
which is better to learn

Fedora or FreeBSD?


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