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Old 08-03-2005, 07:07 AM   #1
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Question Good reading?


I'm almost a complete newb (bet you've never heard that before lol)

I would like recommendations on books to teach me the fundamentals of linux.

I have a need to create a web server at work, and we have some old iMacs, so I downloaded and installed YDL 4.0.1.
So far, so good. I do have a little knowledge of linux, and can read man pages and HOWTO's. However my knowledge is hazy at best.

So I'd like a good 'learn linux/reference' book preferably for the distro I'm using, or at least Redhat/Fedora (which I think YDL is based on).

I'm more interested in learning to do things by command line, as I'm sure that it isn't a good idea to run X and KDE on a machine that's only supposed to be a server.

I'd also be interested in books that aren't distro specific if they are good.

So if any of you nice people out there have any ideas, I'd be grateful to hear them.


Old 08-03-2005, 07:18 AM   #2
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O'Reilly sells some good ones. Also look for links and urls from various sites, including this one. And prowl around the archives of websites like this one.

Also, ask! People spend time on forums like this "both to give and to receive."
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"linux in a nutshell" is quite good if you are looking for a distribution-independent command reference....

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Linux in a Nutshell is a pretty good book as far as a command reference goes. It has recently been updated but I haven't looked at the new version yet.

I also used early versions of Running Linux as a reference. Seams as though they haven't updated that one since 2002 though.

As far as a web server goes, the Apache Documentation on-line is pretty good.

Don't forget to check out Bookmarks@LinuxQuestions for a list of sites many of us here use on a daily basis.

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Old 08-03-2005, 07:33 AM   #5
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Such a fast resonse.

Has anyone ever read the 'Red Hat Fedora and Enterprise Linux 4 Bible (Bible S.) ' by
Christopher Negus?

I think I saw a recommendation for it somewhere, but can't find it again.

Old 08-05-2005, 09:45 AM   #6
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If you're as cheap as me, you may want to see what you can find online.

Start at and <google "rute">

hth --Jonas
Old 08-06-2005, 01:58 PM   #7
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Hello frnd... even i am a newbie...
i have started with MASTERING RED HAT LINUX 9.0 (SYBEX)
and that really helped ... u can adopt the same
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How about the Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition Good book, and if you like, you can read the entire thing on-line.

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Others have suggested "rute user", but it's also linked in my sig (along with some other stuff, you may or may not find useful + my ramblings).

Personally I don't get on with books that well, even though it's my chosen form of learning. I don't seem to have the "mindset" for following the stuff that Linux books suggest.

I've learned more from the conversationary nature of forums and the like.

Anyway, someone mentioned O'Really, so this is the link for O'Reallys open books i.e. ones that are freely available on the net.

Maybe that helps some??


Old 08-10-2005, 09:33 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone.

Rute looks very useful indeed. And I'm going to check out some books later this week.
Old 08-10-2005, 11:19 AM   #11
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I have a few linux books and Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition is one of them. If you are to build, install or maintain a webserver or db server, you would also be dealing with firewalls. I would recommend you look at Linux Server Security from Oreilly. Recently, I've also come across another nice book called Hardening Linux by APress. If you going to check out the books...might as well check a few more.

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Books (Linux Sound Support) (Intro. to Sound Prog. with ALSA) (Thinking in PostScript, 1990) (Linux + Study Guide) (Linux Power Tools) (Moving to the Linux Business Desktop) (Linux System Administration, Second Edition) (Books about The GIMP) (Point & Click Linux!) (The Tiny Guide to

[Pardon repetitions - I cut and paste this.]

The trouble w/ book is that they go out-of-date so soon.
Sometime, it's better to keep up w/ current docs.


ps. Btw, my website (see signature) links to various docs.


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