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GregCrav 01-13-2006 12:12 PM

Linux Reference Suggestions
Any suggestions for a good Linux reference book? I'm old school and like to have a printed reference I can mark up, bend pages, spill coffee on.

Brand new to Linux (SuSe 10), but DOS then Windows for longer than I can remember.

haertig 01-13-2006 12:21 PM

Seems like 99% of what you find are nothing more than printed manpages. But if that's what you want, choices are everywhere.

If you want something different from a manpage rehash, check out Marcel Gagne's "Linux System Administration: A User's Guide".

I also like "Linux Server Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips and Tools" by Rob Flickenger.

Both of these were found in my suburban town's public library. Neither one is an A-Z reference, they pretty much expect you to already know or research the A-Z's seperately, but they are good books IMHO.

pixellany 01-13-2006 04:33 PM

Have a look at the O-Reilly web site---They do a nice job for Linux.
I would start with Linux in a Nutshell.

I would also download and print "Bash guide for Beginners", my Machtelt Garrels--on the TLDP site

rickh 01-13-2006 04:46 PM

I think I would start with something that's more fun and games than a server handbook, or Linux in a Nutshell. If you get very deep, you'll need those soon enough. You can't get away from O'Reilly, tho.

For experimentation, try Linux Desktop Hacks, ... and as a nice terminal reference, Linux Pocket Guide

pljvaldez 01-13-2006 04:49 PM

As a NooB myself, I've found the Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition really handy. I bought mine from

saikee 01-13-2006 05:03 PM

Linux in a nutshell

That is where I do my mark-ups on. It is good enough as a general reference.

bosewicht 01-13-2006 05:13 PM

Running Linux is a good one as well. Actually, only if there is a recent just thought about when i bought mine and it might be a little out of date.

GregCrav 01-17-2006 12:28 PM

Thanks for all the input, that should keep me busy for a while! I picked up Marcel Gagne's "Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye" which is a fun and easy read and a great starting book

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