On the free side you should check out the work in the Linux Documentation
Project (LDP) homepage (metalab.unc.edu/linux). A version of these
documents might have been included in your distribution, so you can also
check your harddrive.
I have not read it, but 'Running Linux' (Welsh and Kaufman) seems to make
most must-read lists, and I have heard good things about Sobel's 'A
Practical Guide to Linux'. A nice command reference guide is good to have
such as 'Linux in a Nutshell' (Siever et al.).
If you are planning to do any programming in Linux, I highly recommend
'Beginning Linux Programming' (Stones and Matthew). I am currently going
through this book and it is excellent. They use a simple application (a
program to inventory your CD collection) and walk you through coding it in
various ways. You learn how to write shell scripts, databases, networking,
I have also found 'UNIX Power Tools' (Peek, O'Reilly, and Loukides) to be
very good. It is a thick book filled with all sorts of tips and ideas to
make your life easier.
These books should be easy to find in a Border's or B&N where you can pick
through and browse. Amazon.com has nice reader reviews on these too. If
you want to purchase on line, I suggest going through one of the Linux sites
that either sells the books themselves (e.g., www.linuxcentral.com) or links
to a place like Amazon.com (e.g., www.linux.org or slashdot.org). It is
always nice to support those who support Linux. :)
It is amazing how many excellent Linux sites there are out there. If you
haven't looked around much yet a good subset I would recommend to start with
> I have a beige G3 that I want to repartition so I can play around with
> linux. The only thing I've ever used UNIX for is checking email with PINE
> so I'm truely a neophyte. I've read the installation instructions and
> they seem straight forward enough so I don't think that will be a huge
> headache, but what do I do then? What I'm looking for is a book that'll
> teach me how to use linux. Any recommendations will be appreciated.
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