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Old 07-24-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Smile Want a book (s) to learn Linux inside out


Don't know if this is the proper place for this thread...

I have some experience with Linux. Part of my work is maintaining some RHEL 4 servers. I have Debian installed on my home laptop. I never learned Linux in school or any training courses. ALL my knowledge is from Google...

However those knowledge are separate pieces. They are pretty much all about how to use a software or a command. I really need a book to learn it as an OS, which tells me what files are for what purpose, how the OS calls for process and how it manages it, ...etc, not just how to use it.

Thank you for any suggestions!
 
Old 07-24-2009, 12:55 AM   #2
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Between Linux in a Nutshell and a book on Linux Administration, most non-desktop related items will be covered.

There are some things that are fastly evolving where you probably will need to read the documentation on your system. For example, how udev, hal, PolicyKit, and console kit are used. There has been changes between minor distro revisions.

The www.tldp.org website is a central repository for linux documents.

Many of the configuration files in /etc/ have their own manpages. E.G. man 5 nsswitch.conf.
 
Old 07-24-2009, 02:51 AM   #3
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RHEL 4 manual: http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_boo...ide/index.html
 
Old 07-24-2009, 05:02 AM   #4
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The www.tldp.org website is a central repository for linux documents.
this site is really useful . thanks....
 
Old 07-24-2009, 08:33 AM   #5
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Hi,

Look at 'Linux Books & Online Magazines' section of 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 07-26-2009, 02:07 AM   #6
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Thank you guys for your suggestions. I believe I will buy Linux in a Nutshell, as recommended by jschiwal. You also mentioned "udev, hal, PolicyKit, and console kit" and I have NO IDEA what they are... I hope they will be explained in the book as well...

chrism01, it's really a pain for me to read books on monitor especially when English is not my native language. I really prefer a real book with papers lol. Maybe not very environmental friendly though... Still thank you for the link!

Gary, I will try search for similar posts first before posting a new thread next time! Thank you for your suggestion.

Difan
 
Old 07-26-2009, 05:26 AM   #7
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I hope you know what "Linux in a nutshell" is. It's essentially a print-out of the man pages with a few chapters on bash, sed and gawk tacked on. Not the kind of book you'd buy if you were interested in what makes linux tick. Even as a book for the CLI inclined, I would recommend Sobell's Practical Guide to Linux as a far more stimulating introduction.
Another book I that is often mentioned and that I do not recommend either is "Running Linux". It scratches the surface of this and that but it never goes into depth, not to mention that some parts are definitely outdated. The System Administrator Guide and the Introduction to Linux from the tldp site are far more useful.
 
Old 07-26-2009, 05:30 AM   #8
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best book

Linux in a nutshell is very informative but not the easiest thing to read. Technical writing is a peculiar skill done well by few. One chap to look out for is Kier Thomas and he has penned various books at different levels.
One thing I do is to have two computers running so that I can read from one screen and do exercises on the other. Perhaps even create another user on the second so as not to mess up the original user space.
The local library has linux books and if not they will get them for a small fee ( UK only).

Fred.
 
Old 07-26-2009, 05:33 AM   #9
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The only "in a Nutshell" book I've purchased is "C in a Nutshell", but I looked at the limited previews of Linux in a Nutshell using Google books, and it didn't really excite me.
It seems like a good book to own while you read others.

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Old 07-26-2009, 09:26 AM   #10
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Hi,

'Linux in a Nutshell' is available online to check out. I have a hard copy but still reference online.

That's why I suggested that you look at the 'Linux Books & Online Magazines' section of 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
Old 07-26-2009, 09:31 AM   #11
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How are you allowed to advertise in every single post?
I've seen so many posts by you now, and every every every single one is an advertisement. Every one is one sentence of information and then a link to your site.

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Old 07-26-2009, 09:35 AM   #12
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Hello,

Just like you I started out several years ago without any knowlegde, just a lot of enthusiasm. I find this one a real treasure, it contains almost all you might need.

O'Reilly's CD Bookshelf

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 07-26-2009, 09:39 AM   #13
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Quote:
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How are you allowed to advertise in every single post?
I've seen so many posts by you now, and every every every single one is an advertisement. Every one is one sentence of information and then a link to your site.
This kind of thing is not regarded as advertising. You will see many members that put links in their sig which they believe will be helpful to the LQ community. In many cases, it is convenient to respond to a thread with a quick suggestion to "See link xyz below."

In my experience, the only time that links become an issue is if it is apparent that the member is posting only to promote something.
 
Old 07-26-2009, 09:42 AM   #14
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I apologize, maybe I should've contacted a moderator ...
I looked at the list, because I saw that you were on earlier, but I couldn't find you on again, so I posted. Plus, there aren't any private messages, here. I was just thinking to myself that this is exactly that, I've seen a bunch of posts already by onebuck that are this way ... one sentence of information and a link to his site, one sentence of information and a link to his site. I thought someone would be upset about it.
 
Old 07-26-2009, 09:45 AM   #15
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I apologize, maybe I should've contacted a moderator ...
I looked at the list, because I saw that you were on earlier, but I couldn't find you on again, so I posted. Plus, there aren't any private messages, here. I was just thinking to myself that this is exactly that, I've seen a bunch of posts already by onebuck that are this way ... one sentence of information and a link to his site, one sentence of information and a link to his site. I thought someone would be upset about it.
No apology required.

We have Private Messaging---I'm not sure when it kicks in for new members. But--the best way is to simply report a post that you are concerned about.
 
  


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