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Old 05-25-2005, 08:31 AM   #1
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Question Linux books...

Hi everybody!

Can someone tell me, which book is the best for learning linux. It should not apply only to one distro and it should explain the basic linux things like boot process, how to configure services (startup, stop,...), some things about the filesystem and its folders, permissions, the basic commands, networking etc.
If you give an advice, please explain why you like this book.

I want to learn to configure and use my linux box from a shell.

Maybe you have suggestions.

thanks in advance

Old 05-25-2005, 09:16 AM   #2
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Almost any book is good reference material. Even if a book is "Distro Specific" there are enough similarities between the various versions that you can find relevant information. It is usually easier and cheaper to find books on one version than general Linux topic books in my area so I have learned how to read between the lines and put the info to use. And version specific will normally get you another new distro to try. So in my opinion you can't go wrong on any book you buy.
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Take a look at the book reviews section on this website.

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Old 05-25-2005, 10:07 AM   #4
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Here's a couple of online books:
Old 05-25-2005, 10:39 AM   #5
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"Running Linux" by Matt Welsh and others, published at O'Reilly Editions. Good for an overall view of the system even if a little outdated.

"Linux Power Tools" by Roderick Smith pub. by Sybex Inc. Very good. Lots of good tips on how to make the most of your system.

"Linux in a Nutshell" O'Reilly. Good part about the main user commands.

RUTE : "Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition" by Paul Sheer, pub. by Prentice Hall, available online for free, just google for it.

There are lots of Linux-related books, just try to visit the O'Reilly site and you'll be amazed.
For basic Linux how-to : try RUTE. It is very command-line centered, can be used for any distro.


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Old 05-25-2005, 10:56 AM   #6
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one that actually is distro specific, but is quite good, is the Slackware Essentials book.


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