[Solved]Should I buy a Linux book?

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[Solved]Should I buy a Linux book?

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Hi.

I am falling in love with Linux each and every day that I play around with it on my desktop. Ive now made the move form windoze and am more than happy with my choice.
Although I wasn't an expert at windoze I do think that I was above average and could do most tasks I needed to do myself.

So now Im now a newbie and i'm having fun discovering the potential that I have before me but i'm seriously getting stumbled on what I assume to be the very basics of Linux Knowledge.

As well as getting my head around the software manager and program files, some of the terminology I keep coming across is really stumping me e.g. Gnome, KDE, LXDE, etc.
How do I tell what I'm running?

Also i'd love to learn about the Terminal and its commands.

Ive looked at Linux for dummies but at £17 it aint cheap.

So would it be advisable to get a book and if so does anyone know of a decent one for newbs?
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Re: Should I buy a Linux book?

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How do I tell what I'm running?

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 $ cat /etc/linuxmint/info

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Post by chipps61 »

Not at all sure you need a book, there is an unbelievable amount of knowledge on the net, with entire web sites devoted to nothing but explaining Linux in somewhat human readable terms, like for instance this one: http://linuxcommand.org/

A little Google searching and bookmarking, and you'll have the equivalent of more book than you'll ever read in no time flat. Glad you're enjoying the experience, I am as well. :)

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I use this site all the time for reference books http://www.scribd.com/. If you want to download a book you usually can upload one in order to download it for free.

Also try http://freecomputerbooks.com/unixLinuxBooks.html

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Don't buy anything yet, go to the link in my sig first and read all you want
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I did buy a book when I made the move, (Official Ubuntu Guide) but looking at some of the links and books available from these lists I would not bother were I to have my time again as the information is available on line. Some of the books available to download look excellent...thanks for sharing the links.

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For the ultimate Linux reference guide, look here

http://loll.sourceforge.net/linux/links/

The site is called "Loads of Linux Links" and they mean it. The "Must See" section alone has over 100 links to sites containing information on anything you can think of that is connected in any way to Linux.

There are more books linked than you could read in a lifetime, from basic to ultra advanced. Many are downloadable in PDF format to make them easy to store and read offline.
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Some more Ubuntu (on which Mint is based on) oriented links all free to download:

Linux Mint Manual: ftp://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/linuxmint.com/docs/user-guide/english_10.0.pdf
Ubutnu Manual: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
Ubuntu pocket guide (a bit older): http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html

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You can add:

http://www.makeuseof.com/

I got this link off of linuxforums. They have a few informational resources for Linux as well. Keep in mind that Mint is a Ubuntu derivitave, so anything on Ubuntu will pretty much carry over as well.

Here is one for the CLI:

http://linuxcommand.org/index.php

It may have already been recommended, but it is a pretty good source that another Forum User put out prior to this topic.

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Linux Documentation Project

http://tldp.org/

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I didn't really know anything about Linux when I switched from Windows (which I did know a lot about) but with a bit of googling & help from this forum as well as ubuntu's forum I'm now as good with Linux as I am with Windows.

So my advice is use the forums & google - also make sure your /home/ partition is on a separate drive / drive partition to were Mint is installed that way you can play around with it to find things out & if it get broken just reinstall Mint use the same user name & you wont loose any user files or settings.
I've fixed Windows, tried running with Jackalopes, fought Koalas & now, I'm addicted to Mints

Now with half a decade running Linux mint, still enjoying it & still learning!

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Should I buy a Linux book? What Linux book should I buy? Which Ubuntu book should I buy? Should I buy ___ for Dummies?

I dunno. How often do you suddenly lack access to Google?

I switched back to Linux after many many years of Windows, and made the switch for myself a few years ago. I thought, at the time, darnit I'd better get a book or two or three and do some serious reading because I remember what Linux was like back in the 90s and I would have sold a kidney for a decent Linux book back then. So I bought books. I went crazy at B&N. Do I want SUSE or Ubuntu or Fedora? Lets buy a book for each! And an O'Reilly book, because he's such a reliable author, and do you know what those books do today? Collect dust on their unmolested spines. There is nothing I want from a Linux book that I cannot get from Google, or from one of the previously-mentioned websites, or from an advanced search of forums.linuxmint.com.

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Re: Should I buy a Linux book?

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Thanks guys for taking the time to reply. I'm very grateful for all your advice and guidance.

Google it is then, and some of the links posted are a true help.

Many thanks all and happy Christmas! :D

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