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Old 05-09-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy linux book for beginner

Hi im a newbie to linux.i wanna start learning linux from today ,so any one please suggest me some good books if you have.
please send me online tutorial links or pdfs etc...
thanks alotttttttttttt
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libraries and bbokstores

I recommend a trip to your local library and book stores.

Both libraries and book stores permit you to examine the many books they have available. You can also examine many books, either in whole or in part, on the web. I like to take time to take a pretty good look at technical books before I select one to use, especially if I am considering buying it. There are dozens or hundreds of books purporting to be beginner tutorials on Linux. Different books work for different people. Try to find something that works for you. My local bookstore is welcoming to patrons like me who pull an armload of books off the shelf and take them to a reading table where I look them all over carefully to select one that I think will help me. Sometimes I don't find any that fit my purpose.

If there is one publisher who meets my needs most frequently, it is O'Reilly. However, there are several instances when O'Reilly's offerings have not been the best option for me.

Another option is to just set up a computer and install Linux on it. From what I have seen lately, Ubuntu seems to be the easiest distribution for new users. The Ubuntu team truly seems to take user friendliness very seriously, especially for new users. It also seems to work well on a variety of platforms. Exceptions to that rule are hardware platforms, like some of my computers, which violate some standards that the computers claim (in internal configuration data) to support. The caveat about using Ubuntu is that it really depends on having some connection to the internet to complete installation. Over all, it seems to be a good distribution.

On the other hand, I use Debian. Ubuntu is derived from Debian. Debian is a bit more strict about including only really free and unencumbered software. Ubuntu is a bit more flexible about including some software that is not strictly free open source software. I also had problems with Ubuntu on some of my trailing-edge machines because it had issues with the video display hardware. Ubuntu wants to always start up with a convenient XWindows GUI, but my old junk did not have a video controller card that Ubuntu could recognize.

The best way to get your feet wet in Linux may be to get a "live CD". You simply put the CD in your CD or DVD drive and turn on your machine. Your computer will boot from the CD and give you a running Linux box without changing anything on your computer. Again, Ubuntu is recommended by some of my acquaintances for their live CD.

There are many of us here who are more than willing to help new users learn how to use Linux. We also value your experience as new users. We may have partly forgotten how difficult it was to get started with the new operating system. Please take notes about what you find difficult and, even better, tell us how it might be different to make it easier. Welcome to Linux!
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I agree with ArthurSittler you should browse through various bookstores and libraries. These two choices will give you a great amount of resources to have at your disposal. One of my favorite books that I got for a reference manual was the following:
The Linux Bible
It has a basic overview of many of the most popular distros and goes into detail of how to work in the Terminal or Command Line interface and also with dealing with Emacs. Another that is very focused for one specific distro is the following:
Ubuntu the Easy Way
It talks about everything from setting up your desktop the way you want to setting up a server. Both of these are amazing hard copy materials. Now there are also so many forums out there like this one that will give you the knowledge of the different distros. There is even a website dedicated to helping you build your own Linux system from scratch. All of these resources will help you learn to get the most out of your Linux system. Good luck with all of your endeavors and if you need any specific help just ask!

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Old 05-10-2010, 03:39 AM   #6
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Not sure what distro you're using but if you're using Fedora, RHEL, CentOS etc the following books are excellent:

1. Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Mark G. Sobell

2. Fedora Bible 2010 Edition - Chris Negus

You can find them both on

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Welcome to LQ!

First, I suggest that you read 'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way'. This will prepare you to create posts that will be helpful to us helping you.

You can look at 'Linux Books & Online Magazines' section of 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!.

For 'Tutorials'.

Just a few more useful links;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
Getting Started with Linux

The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!


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