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Old 07-19-2004, 03:37 PM   #1
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Good book for a newbie?

Been playing around with linux for a few weeks, went from Redhat 9, to Suse (personal edition), and now I'm going to try out Mandrake as I've heard good things about that, but I was looking for some suggestions about a good basic linux book for some who is very computer literate, but with little experience outside the Windows world.

Any suggestions?
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I'm also looking to play around with Linux more for a server point of view (web hosting, php, mysql, etc...), is Mandrake the way to go? Suse PE didn't work for me cause it was stripped down and had some problems installing things.
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try the rute book at
It is a downloadble Linux manual in HTML format. Cool, huh?
"Running Linux" by O'Reilly is good, but NOT great Linux introduction.
Old 07-19-2004, 05:00 PM   #4
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Here's a are couple of links you might like...

The Linux Documentation Project
d/l and print the guides...I are excellent guides.

Here's one more...
Linux Newbie Administrator Guide

for command reference type the following at the console
man commandname

For internet reference:
Linux commands.

Dont forget to try out google. Ofcourse, Rute user's tutorial and exposition is excellent. I would suggest you search online book retailers by keyword linux. Also browse the LQ linux tutorials, wiki, book review sections.

swim with the penguin in the ocean called LINUX !!!!
Old 07-20-2004, 02:45 PM   #5
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If you're going for a server point of view, you might want to try FreeBSD, though this is Unix but there are many similarities.

Take a look at the FreeBSD handbook here:

It has a lot of very interesting information you can use.
Old 07-28-2004, 10:23 PM   #6
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dgath; highly recommend, linux complete by sybex (publisher) under $20.
covers with great care towards newbies and intermidiates users. am a newbie do not leave home without it goes everywhere i go!
Old 07-28-2004, 10:35 PM   #7
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My favorites:

Moving to Linux: Kiss the BSOD goodbye
by Marcel Gagne
--this book is especially good for serious newbies, that's why I like it!

Linux Administration: A Beginner's Guide
by Steven Graham and Steve Shah
Old 07-28-2004, 11:47 PM   #8
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thanks guys

thanks guys ill try it too, cuz im a newbie also
Old 07-29-2004, 12:38 AM   #9
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Re: My favorites:

Originally posted by kells80
Moving to Linux: Kiss the BSOD goodbye
by Marcel Gagne
Anyone ever read Marcel's articles in Linux Journal? Pretty darn funny...
Old 07-29-2004, 12:54 AM   #10
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Lots of good books here

wget them
Old 07-29-2004, 04:45 AM   #11
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Great link, darthtux.

Two other books I'd recommend are Running Linux from O'Reilly, and if you are interested in Slackware, definitely check out the official Slackware Book

Lastly, have you visited the Book Reviews section right here at LQ? That's definitely worth the time. -- J.W.
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Even if I haven't seen ye olde blue screen for years, I agree with kells80 - Marcel Gagné's book is excellent. I got it from the library with the included CD - an adapted Knoppix version. One of the former readers had included the Danish version of Knoppix and a note on the last page encouraging to make sure the version was up-to-date for the next user.
That's the spirit.

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