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Old 12-01-2010, 04:18 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'd just like to introduce myself to everyone and at the same time, ask my first question! Can anyone please recommend a suitable textbook that will provide a good foundation for someone who has not been exposed to Linux before. I prefer to work from a book and I purchased Linux in a Nutshell on recommendation, however this appears to be a reference book that will be very useful once I have grown into it, but is too advanced for now. I was thinking along the lines of Linux for Dummies but wanted to check with the gurus beforehand.

Thanks in advance,

Lee.
 
Old 12-01-2010, 05:01 AM   #2
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I suggest instead of purchasing any particular book and sticking with that it is better to search Google with the following keywords to get a vast list of many useful websites which may explain the terms and technologies in many different and easily understandable ways.
  • Linux for beginners
  • Linux distribution chooser
  • Linux command line for beginners
  • Linux Alternatives to windows softwares
  • How to run windows softwares in Linux
  • Virtualization softwares
This way you'll get an idea about: What do you want to learn/master in Linux, How to achieve the same functionality in different ways, How to search Google to get desired results and many other things which a particular book may not be able to teach you in the best way. And if you find something interesting you may consider taking a printout of that page.

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Old 12-01-2010, 05:08 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ! I have moved your thread to Linux-Newbie as there will be answers that take it outside the realm of a simple intro.
 
Old 12-01-2010, 05:30 AM   #4
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Please see
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...5/#post4079083

Welcome to this forum and Linux!
 
Old 12-01-2010, 07:00 AM   #5
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The nature of the problem...

If you wanted to concentrate on one of your area's very popular linux distributions, perhaps Ubuntu, you might find texts to learn linux by example and that one linux specifically.

There may be few books of the kind you envision, ones that can give you useful information you can understand that still go beyond a general introduction. The code basis of linux is fairly permanent, while the appearance and the way to do things with linux can change frequently and vary greatly between different distributions of linux. It is difficult for a publisher to keep up with something that changes every six to nine months, sometimes quite a lot on that surface that meets any new user.

In case you have not as yet noticed, linux is not Windows. It is not only, and sometimes not primarily, a system that is its graphical presentation and particular desktop work routine. You may quickly need to know more, and the methods and terminology in that Nutshell you bought may prove useful.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shell_%28computing%29

You may find you will need the internet with its transitory but current knowledge and at some time you will need commands.

http://linuxcommand.org/

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...ubuntu&x=0&y=0

Welcome to linux and Good Luck.

We await your first posting complaining of some intractable configuration problem for an obscure bit of hardware.

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Old 12-01-2010, 09:04 AM   #6
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

Quote:
Originally Posted by leetansey View Post
Hi all,
I'd just like to introduce myself to everyone and at the same time, ask my first question! Can anyone please recommend a suitable textbook that will provide a good foundation for someone who has not been exposed to Linux before. I prefer to work from a book and I purchased Linux in a Nutshell on recommendation, however this appears to be a reference book that will be very useful once I have grown into it, but is too advanced for now. I was thinking along the lines of Linux for Dummies but wanted to check with the gurus beforehand.
Thanks in advance,
Lee

You can look at GNU/Linux-Newbie section of 'Slackware-Links' for some useful links to helpful information.


You could use a LiveCD from 'The LiveCD List' to boot a machine to test drive a GNU/Linux. Then decide or choose the Gnu/Linux that fits your needs.

In addition to the Linux in a Nutshell which is a great desk reference, download Linux Kernel in a Nutshell which is a good read and reference. You can find other 'FREE' usable reference at Open Source E-Books for Linux and down-loadable.

Look at Linux Books & Online Magazines for other useful links to free books and references.

Just a few more links to aid you to gaining some understanding. Sure some may seem beyond a newbie but you must start somewhere;



Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Utimate Linux Newbie Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux
Bash Beginners Guide
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Home Networking



The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 12-01-2010, 09:19 AM   #7
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Welcome to LQ!
I can't add anything of substance that hasn't already been mentioned. You have a lot of reading to do!
 
Old 12-01-2010, 10:50 AM   #8
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I've got more than enough information to get me started now and no doubt I'll be back soon with more questions once I've sifted through it all.

Many thanks,
Lee.
 
  


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