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Old 02-20-2011, 06:46 AM   #1
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What do you recomend for a new linux user to read?

Hello everyone.

This is my first post and there probably will be many more.

I've used linux before for short periods but never really tried to learn it.

I've decided that I want to study linux and learn as much as I can about it. I dont hate windows or OSX but I really like problem solving and using the command line. Which I used to love with DOS.

I'm going for a complete career change so I want to get certified in Linux by taking the LPI test so I can show employers that I have some computer certification(In Japan it really helps).

Now, I'm studying commands and trying to do simple tasks(just playing now) but want to get into it more.

What books do you recommend for a begginner with just dos and windows problem solving experience to start learning linux?

Also, what programing language should I pick up a bit for linux? Good books?

Thank you in advance for your input.
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What books do you recommend for a begginner with just dos and windows problem solving experience to start learning linux?
You can start with:

Also, what programing language should I pick up a bit for linux? Good books?
Depending on what you want to do. Knowing a programming language isn't strictly necessary to be a linux expert.
Shell scripting (eg. bash) is more useful for administrative tasks.
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This is a good article to understand that approach in Linux is different from Windows:

I don't want to push you into a certain direction for your distro, but this is very good guide:
At applies to all Debian derived distros, but still contains a lot of information also valid for Fedora-like distros.

Why is it good? Because even after 7 years experience with Linux I still discover things in this manual which I did not understand quite before, or suddenly I see pieces fit together. That means it contains a lot of useful and true information.

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I find this site very useful for reading. Just try this
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For a programming language, your best bets would be C++ or Python. Both are rather beginner-friendly, given you take the time to learn what you're doing. Unless you plan on writing or editing software code, programming isn't always needed.

As far as books go, I'd recommend something more distro-specific. Of course, I don't know what distro you're using or plan on using.
jlinkels' suggestion on books is good; it makes sense to buy a resource that can apply to multiple popular distributions. But if you're set on, say, Arch or Slackware, then get a book more relevant to those.
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The Linux Documentation Project Guides

Slackware Links

Not just about Slackware, but a lot of useful linux-in-general information, too.

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Hi buddy,

If you compare me with Gurus here, i am toooo newbie, but i work on linux quite confidently. Here is what i used and i wont exagerate a bit.

1) CBT nuggets, beginner one. Use this and remember one thing that i did very strictly, stayed away from the partitions related stuff. It always used to confuse me so i stayed away from them. This series will get you starting in no time.

2) Linuxcbt classic edition. you will get more then enough knowledge, dean davis is simply at his best :-)

3) The most important advice, use google for any query you have in mind, i always do that, and 98% of the time, i get my answer.

I havent use any particular books for linux, in the same way i never used for windows xp. Linux is an operating system so treat it this way. Linux is very very easy :-)
Old 02-21-2011, 01:11 AM   #8
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Thank you everyone for all of your suggestions.

It's time to really get started.

Probably going to have many more questions in the future. I hope I can answer some for others along the way.

Thank you


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