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Old 04-24-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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Recommend a practical guide (book or others) to Linux a new guy

Dear Friends,
I will be grateful if someone recommends a good practical guide to Linux for someone new into Linux and want to learn it to the core when possible.

Which book will be good for a start. Let it be possible to buy the book from or any other buying site.

Old 04-24-2006, 04:25 PM   #2
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The Linux Rute Tutorial is generally recommended and it is quite good to give you the basics of how linux works. It's available in print or or online:


Old 04-24-2006, 04:30 PM   #3
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Lots of good stuff at

Also, look at the O'Reilly website---excellent series on Linux
Old 04-24-2006, 06:41 PM   #4
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I found that I learned a lot of really basic things quickly from the Slackbook when I was a total newbie. It's tailored toward Slackware, obviously, especially when it comes to init scripts (which can be very different in slack than most other distros), but I found it a very good resource for figuring out some basic things I think all linux users should know. It's by no means very exhaustive though.
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Also, look at lessons from As for practical handywork, look at Linux Command.

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Old 04-25-2006, 08:53 AM   #6
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I quite like How Linux Works by Brian Ward, Its published by No Starch Press

I covers most things in basics, how to comile a kernel, applying pathes, get various networking things sorted like samba shares, network printing. How to sort out cups and various other topics. It doesnt go into too masses of details as each subject can easil have its own book dedicated to that one topic but its a good start for learning the insides.

Also it doesnt give you solutions using a gui, its purly all command line solutions so its not distro specific, it just goes though editing things using nano and things and the various command line tools for setting things up.

In package management it only covers the big two though, RPM and DEB, alhought it does go throuhg compilig software.



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