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lali.p 04-25-2007 10:06 PM

Suggest a book for Slackware
Hi i've read Slackware Linux Essentials(found it little useful) but i need a book which gives details so that i can learn more.Whatever little knwledge i've gained is from this forum and couple of google search outs.My friends say that there are no Linux books(I mean you gotta learn on your own and internet is best guide and so far i have found it to be true)
but still i want to have the advice of you people.
So far i've got basic knowledge of Linux and how it works,i've also done kernel compilation whuch works faultless.But my hunger is growing more and more :P
Kindly provide links or suggestions as what to do

H_TeXMeX_H 04-25-2007 10:13 PM

Well, it depends on what you wanna do. I would check this other post:

I posted most of my Linux-related links there (all that I could find).

The rest mostly involves googling. Now, there are books on Linux, check your local bookstore. For example:

Ahh, one more that I didn't post there is advanced bash scripting:

And, that reminds me, read the stuff in my sig ... TLDP, kernel compile guide.

lali.p 04-25-2007 10:14 PM

I mean to say that i want to learn the ins and outs of Linux.I guess Linux from scratch will help but i still want to use Slackware 11.0 for atleast 6 more months(i've been using it for past 2 months) before going for Linux from Scratch.In the mean time i want to increase my knowledge.

Any suggestion will be appreciated!!!

H_TeXMeX_H 04-25-2007 10:17 PM

Oh yeah, of course if you want hands on stuff ... the best way to learn ... go with LFS (if you have the time that is).

bioe007 04-25-2007 10:56 PM

i found the oreilly books "running linux" and "linux in a nutshell" decent reads.. the 'running linux' title is bit light on the nuts & bolts but good for overall information.

another fun way to learn: "Linux Toys," Auth: C. Negus and C. Wolber; i found this on the shelf for $4 at the local 1/2 price books, there are cool 'nix applications for the budget conscious geek. i am currently working on a laptop turned picture frame.

also building ARM-linux is enticing..

i guess these arent slack-specific items but all should be good for general linux learning. at least if learn like i do, by doing/breaking and then asking questions here and reading and staying up too late and ... 8D

rkelsen 04-25-2007 11:13 PM

Read some HOWTOs. Have a look under /usr/doc.

There are literally thousands of pages worth of docmentation sitting on your machine.

Even better still, take a "walk" around your system from the command line. Pick a script which interests you and read through it. Look around at how everything is put together. That's one of the benefits of Slackware. Everything is out in the open.

shilo 04-26-2007 04:15 AM

Keep learning more about kernel compiling:

XavierP 04-26-2007 04:19 AM

And make sure you read through RUTE - it's a very helpful book.

titopoquito 04-26-2007 05:48 AM


Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H
Oh yeah, of course if you want hands on stuff ... the best way to learn ... go with LFS (if you have the time that is).

... and if you don't just copy and paste the instructions. That's what I've done once and I learned nearly nothing this way :tisk:

tronayne 04-26-2007 07:53 AM

I highly recommend (pretty much anything by) Kochan and Wood. See their web site,, and read about Unix Shell Programming, Third Edition. There is a new edition of Exploring the UNIX System coming soon but the previous edition is just fine, too. Don't let "UNIX" put you off, the principles are the same and apply to Linux as well as to UNIX.

I've used Kochan and Wood books as textbooks when teaching basic user, shell and C programming classes. I found them excellent and from all reports from students so did they. They're well written, full of practical examples and you won't go too far wrong with them.

Eternal_Newbie 04-26-2007 09:53 AM

IMHO, an extremely useful and essential book about Linux in general is "Linux in a Nutshell", published by O'Reilly. If have to choose only 1 dead-tree book about Linux, that is what I would choose. Another great book is Greg Kroah Hartmann's Linux Kernel in a Nutshell, also available as a dead tree. A handy Slackware-specific book is Slackware Linux Basics, but as you say you are looking beyond the basics.

spaceballs 04-26-2007 11:00 AM

RUTE cannot be beat

rworkman 04-26-2007 11:06 AM <-- RUTE book mirrored <-- Slackware init explained <-- explained

quietguy47 04-26-2007 11:54 AM

A few sites I like.

lali.p 04-26-2007 12:15 PM

Thank you
thank you all for your suggestions.
So i am going to go through all the links provided and i've planned to go thorough Rute book and also Linux in a nutshell.

Thank you all for your 'real time help'
i just looooooooovvvvveeeeeeeeeee this forum(mylatest addiction is Slackware and this forum)

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