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Old 10-19-2003, 08:47 AM   #1
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Hey guys.

I was curious to know if any of you Linux gurus have any suggestions on what books/websites/other materials would be useful to helping me learn Linux/Unix from a completely new-user standpoint. I have no experience with Linux or Unix for that... and I've used Linux for maybe 4 or 5 hours total. Eventually I'd hope to be able to use Linux/Unix as effectively as I do Windows, but I don't have the patience to learn things as I use the system more. As it says on the side, I'm running Redhat 9, so if there's anything specifically for Redhat that would be great. Was just wanting some input.

Old 10-19-2003, 08:59 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

You can get the official redhat docs here:

This site has lost of great material as does a quick search on google. You can also take a look at the rute linux guide:
Old 10-19-2003, 09:33 AM   #3
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see this thread:
Old 10-19-2003, 10:00 AM   #4
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Some of the things here are dated, but is still helpfull:

Here are some other sites that will help you get started:

The rute users guide that david_ross mention is very in depth and a good resource. And of cource this site. Learn to use the search feature here. Just remember, linux is not windows. You will have to learn alot of new things to get a grasp of linux.
Old 10-19-2003, 11:12 AM   #5
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i think this is the best newbie guide i've ever used, i got the red hat docs too but in my opinion they r not great for a newbie . . .

Old 10-19-2003, 04:05 PM   #6
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These are the general reference sites I've got in my bookmarks that get heavy usage:

Also, if you've got some money, I would recommend O'reillys latest version of running Linux... IMHO it's great.
Old 10-19-2003, 04:16 PM   #7
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Thanks for all your suggestions. I'll be sure to look in to some of those links.
Old 10-19-2003, 05:18 PM   #8
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I am just a beginner, so this may actually be more useful! (or not) but I have found the SAMS guides very good up to now. Bit pricey tho you can get a special deal online. Am I allowed to mention brand names? SAMS Red Hat Linux 9 unleashed is a rather spicey title, but quite a straightforward read.
Old 10-19-2003, 07:54 PM   #9
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I've found this site very useful.


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