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Putting It Down on Paper

  • August 19, 2002
  • By Dee-Ann LeBlanc

The life of the person new to Linux is fraught with confusion. It can be exciting and fulfilling, but anyone I've met who claims they found Linux easy to figure out from day one has usually been fibbing. Both writing and finding good books for Linux beginners can be a difficult and frustrating experience.

I'll start with the books that give a nice, slow, gentle start (this is in no way intended to be condescending, there are folks who like to jump in with both feet and there are those who like to ease in slow like sliding into a cold bath). The For Dummies series is specifically designed to take you into any subject with light, gentle steps. If this is the way you prefer to start out, then check out Red Hat Linux 7.3 for Dummies, (0764515454) or Linux for Dummies, 3rd Edition, (0764507443, 4th coming soon) on the Linux front. There's also UNIX for Dummies, 4th Edition (0764504193).

There are other publishers who provide top-notch beginner Linux references as well, in a variety of "comfort speeds." In no particular order, there are the books for working in the Bourne (bash) shell: Linux Shells by Example (0130147117), and LINUX: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition (0130333514, http://rute.sourceforge.net/).

The general Unix references include Unix for the Impatient, 2nd edition (0201823764), Unix made Easy, 3rd edition (007219314X), and Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, 3rd Edition (0672321270).

Other highly recommended, and more specialized, Linux-specific books include Linux Network Administrator's Guide, 2nd Edition (1565924002) for those trying to get a handle on networking with Linux, LINUX in A Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, 3rd Edition (0596000251) for those who want a command reference lying around, and Multitool Linux: Practical Uses for Open Source Software (0201734206), a somewhat eclectic title that touches on a number of interesting uses and solutions.

Books that would be useful to both Linux and Unix newbies for various special applications include Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours, 2nd edition (0672322692), Learning the vi Editor, 6th Edition (1565924266), and Learning Gnu Emacs (1565921526).

Finally, we have the eclectic bunch of "other" recommendations for Linux newbies. These books include IP Fundamentals (0139754830), The Wiki Way: Collaboration and Sharing on the Internet (020171499X), and Programming Perl, 3rd Edition (0596000278).

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