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NeoCORE
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 3:05 pm    Post subject: Recommended Reading :) Reply with quote

Hey all,

I am reasonably new to linux but know the in's and out's of windows as I have been using it for around 8 years.

My question is, what would you all recommend as a good starting point for some1 with limited linux knowledge... I know places like the linux documentation project etc. but right now I am just looking for a good book :)

Anyone got any recommendations?

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything by O'reilly ;). And I have found "Linux Administration, a Beginners Guide" to be good.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Linux System Administration: A User's Guide" by Marcel Gagne is a great book. And ditto what Evangelion said.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2003 12:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/gentoo-x86-install.xml
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2003 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

everything you need to know is here:
http://www.tldp.org

If you read it all your brain may pop.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2003 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started with Matt Welsh's
Running Linux and liked it very much. Haven't read the latest editions though.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2003 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O'reilly books are the best.
I started with "Running Linux" then read "Linux System Administration"...but, If I had to do it all over again...i'd actually read the purple book first (because I learned so much more, and had such a better foundation to tackle linux)
I highly recommend...
"Unix System Administration Handbook" http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0130206016/104-9079473-8107115?vi=glance

I read the book, cover to cover, and it was amazing. I really felt like I understood so much more after reading this book, than both the other books put together.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ESR's The Art of Unix Programming is a great book about what makes the Unix philosophy great; I think it would be a great book to read to make the philosophical conversion to Unix, since there's a whole lot of stuff you can do in Linux that you would never have thought of under Windows.

It doesn't really require knowledge of programming and such because it's more of a philosophical treatise, with topics like designing tools so they can be used in conjunction with each other (e.g. with pipes).
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the fourth edition of Running Linux is a good starting point.

at the same time, i think you will learn the most by doing. everyone knows that doing something is the only way to become good in that particular discipline.

just use the system and watch for opportunities to extend your knowledge. reading from variety of source will provide different solutions to similar problems.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are lots of good books and online documentation. I think people learn the most from just doing it... but you can't go wrong by grabbing that copy of Linux Configuration and Installation By: Patrick Volkerding (creator of Slackware) thats sitting in the mark down bin.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are looking for books on any type of programming, there have been several threads on this topic. Let's keep this thread specific to learning linux/unix and not programing. Just thought I would post these links to avoid repeating anything.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2003 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the info, I will look into a few of them... back 8 years ago when I was first learning windows 95, PC Answers was the best souce I found in the UK... it gave me a good starting point, and I learned a lot since then...

Now that it is extremly rare that I come accross something new in windows, I have decided to make the change to linux, as basically, I am a little fed up with the "hold your hand" wizards and "tweak but it won't make a differnece" mentality of windows... I was just looking for my "PC Answers :)" and it looks like I'll find it in that list you've provided :)


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