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Some good books?

Postby Rotting on Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:28 pm

Can someone recommend some good comprehensive, up-to-date books to learn the ins and outs of linux? I come from a Windows background (surprising, I know) and consider myself very, very competent with technical matters on that platform--so recommending something that isn't NECESSARILY for complete beginners wouldn't be a bad thing. I'm am brand new to linux, but I've already got the basic commands down and understand file permissions, performing tasks as root, etc.

So, if someone could recommend some books that cover from beginner-intermediate to intermediate-advanced areas, I'd really appreciate it. I really just want to sink my teeth into as much linux knowledge so as to learn it fully and QUICKLY.

Thanks for you recommendations.
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Re: Some good books?

Postby Husse on Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:19 am

Linux for dummies is a good start
That series is actually really good
What more depends on which country your in and if you want a book in english or some other language
See what your local bookstore has...
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Re: Some good books?

Postby pete284 on Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:08 am

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You may have to register but its free.
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Re: Some good books?

Postby Fred on Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:16 pm

Rotting,

Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux. Along with the suggestions above, you might try the Ubuntu forums, Ubuntu wiki and how-to's. You will be surprised how much useful information has been accumulated there. When you have that under your belt wander on over to the Gentoo project documentation and forums and/or the Slackware sites.

If you really want to learn about Linux the best way is to jump in. It is a little like swimming. You can study the methods and techniques for the next five years but at the end of the day you will have to actually get in the water over your head to get the full effect.

so as to learn it fully and QUICKLY


I fear if this is your goal you will quickly become disillusioned. Let me tell you why that statement just doesn't apply to Linux. Several years ago my granddaughter got one of those toys, a Transformer I think they called it. You could manipulate it various ways and make 3 or 4 different figures out of it. A child, of course, could intuitively figure it out. Adults could read the instructions and quickly learn to make all 3 or 4 figures. It was designed to make 3 or 4 distinct things. It did what its' manufacturer designed it to do well enough and that's all it would do. It was what it was. That is the Windows world.

There used to be something called Tinker Toys. I guess the more up-to-date version would be Lego sets. They both consist of basic building blocks. You can make a building, a firetruck, a monster, a clown, a merry-go-round, and the list goes on and on. Your imagination is your biggest limitation. This is the Linux world.

To approach Linux as you indicated just doesn't apply. It is a misnomer. It is a goal no one person has ever attained, nor is likely to attain. There is really no limit to what the next person might decide to build with the building blocks that are commonly referred to as Linux.

Good luck, :-)

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Re: Some good books?

Postby Rotting on Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:42 pm

Thanks for all the replies. I will look into all the suggestions provided here. They sound like a great way to get started.

I may have mistyped/miscommunicated when I said "fully and quickly" but what I was getting at is, I want to have a resource that will teach me as much in detail, the minutia if you will (what I meant by "fully") and something that I can immerse myself with to become proficient with linux in a short amount of time ("rapidly"). I don't mean that I want to be the world's foremost expert in linux within 4 months or anything like that.

Again, thanks for all of the suggestions.
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Re: Some good books?

Postby BakUp on Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:10 pm

Here are some books:
http://www.hentzenwerke.com/catalog/zcatalogsubject.htm#linux (hentzenwerke's list of books)
http://freebooks.homelinux.org/index.php (a goldmine of ebooks)
http://www.techbooksforfree.com/linux.shtml (Free linux books; download)
http://dsl.org/cookbook/ (The Linux Cookbook, Second Edition)
http://www.phptr.com/title/0131488724 (Point & Click Linux!)
http://www.linuxnovice.org/category/reviews/books/ (LinuxNovice.org)
http://www.rodsbooks.com/linux-plus/ (Linux + Study Guide)
http://www.rodsbooks.com/powertools/ (Linux Power Tools)
http://www.awprofessional.com/title/0131421921 (Moving to the Linux Business Desktop)
http://www.rodsbooks.com/samba/ (Linux System Administration, Second Edition)
http://www.gimp.org/books/ (Books about The GIMP)
http://www.linuxhq.com/books/various/basic.html (LinuxHQ)
http://www.rightbrain.com/pages/books.html (Thinking in PostScript, 1990)
http://www.hentzenwerke.com/misc/moving.htm (OOoSwitch: 501 Things ...)
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz (online book; Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition)
http://www.linuxbasics.org/course/book/index (online book; The LBook: An Introductory Guide to Linux Basics)
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sidux - Parsix - DreamLinux - Mint
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