Looking for good Linux Books?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ifican, Feb 19, 2007.

  1. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I am finally really ready to try and learn linux. I have tried lots of other times and gave up out of frustration. But i am now really ready too finally learn this, partly because it will better my career but mostly because I really just want too now. Any of you medium to hard core linux types mind steering me in the direction of good books or sites that will help me get the feel. I am planning on the Ubuntu route but if anyone has any other versions i am open to suggestions.
  2. critic

    critic LI Guru Member

    slackware or gentu
  3. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Definitely Ubuntu! I have read the book "Ubuntu Unleashed" (ISBN 0-672-32909-3) and find it to be a great resource. I also have several postings about my great experiences with Ubuntu on my website, http://www.breezy.ca This site is a fusion of Linux, Cisco, Linksys and networking in general. I'm sure you will find some practical points.

    Also there's a podcast that you should subscribe to called "Fresh Ubuntu". Very high level and interesting.

  4. Fast_Eddy

    Fast_Eddy LI Guru Member


    I think your choice of distribution should be based on your future goals. If you are looking to utilize Linux knowledge for future business, then something like Novell's SLED 10 might be a good choice...
  5. eric_stewart

    eric_stewart Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    That might be true but Linux is Linux. The fluff that we wrap around it and call it a "distribution" adds useful applications by default but in the end Ubuntu is a very friendly distribution for the first timer. One of the advantages is that the install CD is a complete, self-contained boot environment. You can boot off of it and see if you like it before you install it.

    In the end, if "ifican" decides to continue on his Linux path post-Ubuntu then a more commercial, server-oriented distribution might be a good fit but for now I highly recommend Ubuntu. Not because I've been sucked into all of the hype (though I know you didn't say that) but because Ubuntu can be made into what you want. I'm running a web server, mail server, X server, Certificate Authority, IDS and FTP server on Ubuntu and it's been rock solid.

    Again (shameless plug) check out my site and consider subscribing. Visitors are welcome!

  6. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    You can find many live cd's at distrowatch.com

    I prefer PClinuxOS, but there are many Linux distrobutions to choose from. Lately peole in the Linux community are telling others to boycott anything from Novell because of the deal that Novell did with Microsoft........... So we shall see what happens.

    As for books on Linux, check out http://www.oreilly.com/
  7. critic

    critic LI Guru Member

    if you fresh to linux stick with ubuntu. but ubuntu is very auto. all you do is copy/past commands from google and it will install your software or player. start with ubuntu then move on to slack.
  8. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    All very good points and thanks. Eric i actually became a member of your site right after you announced it here. A quick backround, I tried red hat and played with it from the gui for a year or so, have been doing about the same with ubuntu (playing with it on and off). However what has turned me off from Linux as a whole is i have had a hell of a time getting programs to load, trying to figure out how to make things work via command line and just plain trying to get things in general to work. I tried this last time for about a week to get java installed on ubuntu about 6 months ago and finally got so frustrated I gave up again. However i was trying to do all of this via the forums, google and poking around the OS. I have some older linux books but they didnt help to much. Hence this post and why i am looking for something better. As I write this I am once again installing on another laptop and ready to order a few books. Thanks again all and well see just how far I can progress.
  9. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    If you stay with any of the distros that are based on Debian, such as Ubuntu, then you have the ability to use the command line command "apt-get" and the front-end application for apt-get called Synaptic. Synaptic is a graphical front-end for apt-get where you can search for applications.
    Apt-get has been ported to some of the rpm based distros such as PClinuxOS.

    Currently Linspire is starting to offer their Click-N-Run utility to Ubuntu. So thing will improve for Linux.
  10. YeOldeStonecat

    YeOldeStonecat Network Guru Member

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