Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

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Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby emrik » Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:34 am

I didnt find a post quite like the one I am making. I am new to Linux though I have wanted to learn about it for years. I found a copy of mint and made a dual boot system with a downloaded iso. So far I really like it but there is a lot the OS can do that I dont know how to do. I was wondering if anyone could suggest books that I might want to purchase to learn Linux specificly mint better. I looked at a few at Barns and Nobles but didnt find one that seemed like a good mesh. " Linux for dummies " seemed a little too basic for me. Yet " The Complete programers guide to Linux" was a little beyond me. My main interest atm is learning the OS for gaming and hopefully to phase out of windows completely. I tried microsofts Vista and decided that I need to learn how to use Linux before Vista becomes the only supported version of windows out there as I completely hated it. Anyway any suggestions would be appreciated.

also I travel a lot and would like to use Mint of my laptop but I am having trouble using my verizon aircard with it. Anyone have a suggestion where I might be able to find a driver for that ?

Thanks in Advance

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Re: Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby umarzuki » Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:00 am

If i'm not misteken there's a guide for using Mint posted in this forum in .pdf

As far as i know there's no official book for Mint yet but you could try book for Ubuntu ... 0132435942 since Mint based on Ubuntu. Never bought it tho. Most of the time i just browse the net. I started to eager to get to know linux after reading 'Just for Fun' by Linus Torvalds ... un&x=0&y=0

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Re: Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby newW2 » Sun Jan 20, 2008 2:43 am

Here are some more suggestions. :D
Why buy when there are many free sources? From the Linux Mint wiki: ... umentation

This is a CLI quick reference by O'Reilly

Online course:

And Apress has books that you can purchase and download:

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Re: Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby MagnusB » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:49 am

I prefer learning by doing, books are great for specific issues, but I doubt you find one that will cover everything you want to do, use the forums, google and different wikis, there are your books. Mint Forums gives generally excellent support :)
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Re: Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby BadFish » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:20 pm

You may have noticed that versions of Linux get updated pretty quickly so a printed book can be out of date before it makes much money. Hence there not many. I personally don't think you will find many "bookstore type" books, but check out the e-books and online guides mentioned by others above.

Specifically I think this is a great resource, and I am also a newbie.

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Re: Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby paradigmX » Fri Jan 25, 2008 4:39 pm

in addition to all those above, I've found that the book "Practical guide to linux" is useful, and you may want to get aquainted with the CLI so i recommend reading through the Linux Documentation project's bash scripting file
now, the CLI documentation may be a little overwhelming if your not used to a command-line enviroment, and Mint has gone to great strides to make sure you rarely, if even need to open a terminal, but if you want to know a little more about how linux ticks, the read is very informative

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Re: Literature Suggestions for a newbie like me ?

Postby T-L » Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:27 am

Hello, you should already have the drivers for your Verizon air card. Takes about 5 min to set up if you want to use wvdial..
Disconnect from the internet. Insert Aircard (light will come on.. if it has one) Right click desktop and "Open Terminal"

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sudo lsusb

You should see your card listed. Next:

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sudo wvdialconf

It should find your modem “Found modem on /dev/ttyUSB0” Next:

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sudo gedit /etc/wvdial.conf

Here's where you need to add your username and password.. with Verizon, you can copy this:
[Dialer Defaults]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Modem Type = Analog Modem
Stupid Mode = on
Baud = 460800
New PPPD = yes
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
ISDN = 0
Phone = #777
Carrier Check = no
Password = vzw
Username =

Change Username to your phone number Verizon supplied you with. Next to make sure the connection doesn't time out:

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sudo gedit /etc/ppp/peers/wvdial

Add the following lines to that file
lcp-echo-failure 0
lcp-echo-interval 0

That's it. Just type

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sudo wvdial

You should be good to go. it will stay connected as long as that terminal window is open.. Welcome to linux..

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