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Old 07-25-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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Recommend Ubuntu book for noob?

I'd like to set up Ubuntu as a server. My client will be Windows 7 with Exceed or Putty. I do want to use X Windows editors run from Ubuntu, on my PC.

I've only done basic Linux user commands, and I'm completely new to Linux administration. I think we will be installing Ubuntu, unknown version at this point. So I will not need "Linux for Dummies", but I will need "Linux administration for dummies".

Can anyone recommend a web page or book from Amazon for noobs like me that will explain steps like I'm 5? Lol.

And what version of Ubuntu do you recommend? I am just giving up on CentOS 7 with seems to have little support, not enough apps, and little help out there. So I don't want the newest Ubuntu. I'd like the previous major version. I.e. if the current version is 8.0, I'd prefer version 7.x (where x is the latest minor update).

Yes I've spent 16+ hours learning stuff, and reading 30+ web pages, but there is a lot to learn. I'm doing the best I can at this point.

Some of the things I'll have to do:
  1. Set up and run X windows.
  2. Set up and run email.
  3. Set up and run ftp.
  4. Set up and run Samba to map my home dir to a Windows drive on my client PC.

So I will need instructions to get these going, and how to fix certain errors.

Are there any X Window or other utils to help me set up the above?

Thank you.

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Old 07-25-2014, 09:17 AM   #2
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As far as rcommending a Ubuntu.

Looks like it would fit a new Linux user.


Different distro but samba is samba.

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Old 08-13-2014, 09:09 PM   #3
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:27 PM   #4
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I think you are actually asking two questions. Ubuntu is a subset of Linux. As such, the books you are looking for may not be limited to Ubuntu.

Take a look at O'Reilly books. Listing of Linux books.

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