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Good book for Linux/ Unix newbs?

Postby roshichris on Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:42 pm

I have been making progress slowly with LinuxMint for a coupla weeks now, but several of my issues have been down to me now knowing really basic stuff about Linux/ Unix, which has caused much wasted time and frustration (eg I didn't know that you had to put a \ before spaces in filenames). One chap suggested that I get a book on Unix to learn the basics of these types of OS's. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a good book for someone like me - just left Windows and flailing around like Neo freshly ejected from the Matrix..

Bear in mind that if I can learn it from a book I won't be pestering you people in future with simple problems! :D

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Re: Good book for Linux/ Unix newbs?

Postby DrHu on Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:53 pm

roshichris wrote:One chap suggested that I get a book on Unix to learn the basics of these types of OS's. Does anyone have any suggestions as to a good book for someone like me - just left Windows and flailing around like Neo freshly ejected from the Matrix..

Just remember that Linux mint 7 (gloria) is based on Ubuntu 9.04 (jaunty)

So you can check Ubuntu 9.04 data as well; and it will be similar for the next release of mint (Mint 8, Helena). It is fairly unlikely that mint will stop using Ubuntu as a base for the foreseeable future, while still being able to add their own custom applications and desktop style
--Gnome desktop

Nope, like a lot of books, except maybe the more fodder-free types like O'Reilly
    there are too many books that are almost a rehash of any distribution's own user guides, and tutorials (where they exist)
--as well there is plenty of on-line help available either in the forum for that distribution itself, or just in general on the Internet

Those type of books seem mostly to affect the windows and MAC worlds where every twitch of the OS produces a plethora of new books with supposedly new information
--Linux in general is a bit better, but unlike windows or MAC, they get pushed aside in the book stores.

search.php?st=0&sk=t&sd=d&keywords=linux+for+newbies
--general forum search (Mint) for linux for newbies references
http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/linuxmint.com/ ... nglish.pdf
Linux mint 7 (gloria) main edition user guide

Internet based Linux guides..(beginners)
http://linuxreviews.org/beginner/
http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/ ... index.html
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Ubu ... Essentials
Ubuntu guide

roshichris wrote:Bear in mind that if I can learn it from a book I won't be pestering you people in future with simple problems

That is not as big of a problem as you might think
--you found the escaping \ character(s), and you might also have found quoting ( ' ), which I prefer to use, all in reference to bash scripts or command lines (terminal)

Windows is now using that process with their PowerShell scripting language
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Win ... _Sequences
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Re: Good book for Linux/ Unix newbs?

Postby dlkreations on Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:05 pm

Another good one is the book called Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference .

Since Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, this has some nice things to peruse. Plus it is free to download. It may be a little outdated since it covers Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10, but a lot of the core elements still apply.
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Re: Good book for Linux/ Unix newbs?

Postby RedWagon on Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:30 am

I like anything by O'Reily, I have over 14 of their Linux/programming books and they're a huge help.
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