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Old 04-22-2006, 10:32 PM   #1
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Need a good updated book to learn linux

Am still determined to learn Linux; am using the Suse 10 and it's working well for the most part. I have small issues such as trying to get streaming audio to play, and trying to figure out how to configure xmms, or amarok as the default player...small stuff like that.

I have a book about learning how to use Linux, but it seems very old and outdated now. It's "Teach yourself Linux" by Steve Oualline and Eric Foster-Johnson. It uses Red Hat 6.1 for most of its instructions.

Is there a book available that is current with today's versions of Linux? One that is a good reference, and easy to follow?

I've tried reading the "How to's", but I get so confused. I don't think I'm quite ready for those yet.

Thanks in advance

I have an AMD Athlon 64 3200 CPU
Asus K8U-X motherboard
ADI AD1888 SoundMax 6 channel audio codec S/PIF
Suse 10 ( 32bit ) working quite well on my 64bit system
Old 04-22-2006, 10:47 PM   #2
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i am not very familiar with hard copy books but if a website is alright for you you should take a look at and That should give you a good start.
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Linux in a Nutshell is a good reference. "Running Linux" also by O'Reily Publishing is a good book.
"Linux Multimedia Hacks" may help you with your current issues. "Linux Cookbook" is a good problem/solution howto book. It isn't a reference book but can be very helpful.

Check if your distro has a tldp package with all of the howto's that you can find on the site, available in a local package.

Also read through the administrator's manual for your distro.

One other thing, is to install the source for certain packages and generate a postscript or pdf manual. The manuals for find, awk and bash-ref are very good, and can run hundreds of pages each. The documentation for Samba includes 4 books. These are the same ones you can find in the book store.


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