Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 05-08-2006, 03:07 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: 0
Recommended Books???

I think I looked everywhere that I could to find people's recommendation on Linux books. I found little to no information, and me... I like knowing what I'm getting into before I go tearing into an Operating System. Anyone have any good recommendations out there?

I'll be using the Mandriva flavor of Linux. Just sounds tastey.

Last edited by jparker3; 05-11-2006 at 08:32 AM.
Old 05-08-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Copenhagen
Distribution: Debian E, Vectorlinux 5.1std, Arch, Gentoo 2006.0
Posts: 576

Rep: Reputation: 30
Hi, and welcome to linuxquestions

Try this for some reviews:

Also be aware that you can find alot of good docs online. Actually I prefer The Linux Documentation Project
Check it out here...It's free

And picking Mandriva for a start is very good. It has a little bit of it all. Alot of GUI and still the advanced features.

Have fun

Old 05-08-2006, 03:20 PM   #3
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: Lancashire (United Kingdom)
Distribution: Debian Etch, on 686 machine.
Posts: 509

Rep: Reputation: 31
if you are looking to do everyday tasks via the command line i reccoment the Linux cookbook 2nd edition. It covers playing mp3's from the command line, ripping music, editing files via nano and thing slike that. How to convert a batch of jpg images to png. Some command line email clients and things.
Old 05-08-2006, 03:39 PM   #4
LQ Veteran
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738Reputation: 738
Linux in a Nutshell--O'Reilly
Old 05-08-2006, 03:49 PM   #5
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2003
Location: N. E. England
Distribution: Fedora, CentOS, Debian
Posts: 16,298

Rep: Reputation: 75
RUTE is another good book.
Old 05-09-2006, 11:36 AM   #6
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
Thanks all. Defintiely got what I wanted. Right now I am using the Linux Doc Project, and I have a hand-me-down of Unix in a Nutshell. Awesome stuff so far. Yeah, I want to go command line... I wanna stay command line, but I was told sticking to a gui first, and using the console in the OS is the best way to learn. That way if I make a minor mistake and need to exit, all I do is close out of console.

Thanks again all.

PS - One last thing, I've been speaking to my Linux/Networking instructor and he pointed me to a lot of Red Hat documentation. I trust his judgement since he taught me a lot in the past, but what do you guys think about the Red Hat Bible? Worth investing in?
Old 05-09-2006, 02:29 PM   #7
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Portland, ME
Distribution: Slackware 13, CentOS 5.3, FBSD 7.2, OBSD 4.6, Fedora 11
Posts: 122

Rep: Reputation: 17
Good book if you're using Red Hat or Fedora Core or even an RPM based distro. I would suggest reading non-distro specific books or books that cover a few different distros so you can get a feel for different distros. Even if you choose to start with Mandriva, you may find you like a different distro more.
Old 05-11-2006, 08:36 AM   #8
LQ Newbie
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
You're absolutely right. I changed to the Ubuntu distro, but Im having such a hard time imaging the ISO. I don't know where or how to start. Anyways, thanks on the book info, I went with the Online Tutorials that Anti.corp suggested. Good stuff that is definitely Instruction Booklet worthy.

Thanks again, all. Definitely helpin a new(B) out.
Old 05-11-2006, 09:13 AM   #9
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Portland, ME
Distribution: Slackware 13, CentOS 5.3, FBSD 7.2, OBSD 4.6, Fedora 11
Posts: 122

Rep: Reputation: 17
One great thing about Ubuntu, is the community. You can check out their forums here and the Ubuntu forum here on LQ.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
recommended books for cert?? k0balT Linux - Certification 1 12-02-2005 03:37 AM
recommended books mrh7184 Linux - Newbie 2 11-23-2005 04:00 PM
Recommended sysadmin books or book lists? mattengland General 6 10-10-2005 08:10 AM
Recommended Mandrake Books? HCLogo Mandriva 1 05-24-2004 12:52 AM
Recommended cd-rw HeReigns Red Hat 2 10-30-2003 01:11 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:43 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration