Sorry for late reply - been reading that book (plus some non-puter related problems) and it has kept me busy. It is an excellent resource for the noob. Keeps things very basic and simple with lots and lots of examples. Perfect! Not a lot has gelled yet but at least now when i look at commands they make partial sense to me. And i've found myself using some of them regularly - man, --help and --help-all, and directory navigation commands (had to UN-learn the old dos syntax though). I'm particularly fascinated by "alias" and "ln -s". I understand the concepts, but, "|", "<", and ">" still have me a wee bit confused as regards their placement in the command line depending on what other commands you are using them with and what you are trying to accomplish.
But i'm sure it will all come together eventually. They were just starting to when i got sidetracked with a couple of wine issues (the application not the beverage).
Anyway, thank you for this excellent resource.