Linux books...

Hi guys...
   I'm new to Linux..   can someone suggest me a book on Linux...   u know..  a book that starts from the basics...  i'm thinking of using Red Hat. Dont mind using Debian either.
Looks like 'Bible' and 'Unleashed' are the most popular.
Just trying to get some opinions.

Thanks :)
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JfieldingCommented:
Running Linux, 4th edition by O'reilly

www.oreilly.com
LuxanaCommented:
Hallo queryanalyzer...

also before you buy some linux book have a look on this site, there are some online free books:

http://www.linux.org/docs/online_books.html

enjoy.....
durindilCommented:
The Linux "Bible" series is most oriented for the novice and home user, but it is a great reference that I still use and one of the few books that will also teach you how to set up a computer at home to act as a Linux router/firewall, and covers all of the basics, including web servers, ftp, etc.  I actually use the Bible books in the beginning Linux classes that I teach.

There is another author, and I can not recall his name, but he writes good Linux system administration books.  I have not seen one of his books since RedHat 7.2, but I will try to research his name and post it again.
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periwinkleCommented:
By far, my favorite book on Linux is the Linux Administration Handbook, by Nemeth, Snyder, and Hein - this book is based on a long standing classic in the Unix World called the Unix System Administration Handbook, a definite classic.
paullamhkgCommented:
You may also try read some doc from below url for newbie

http://librenix.com/?inode=2750   <--- Beginner Guide

http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/     <--- Administration Guide

And there is lots of HOW-TO here http://www.tldp.org (it basically for RedHat)

For books I will go for O'reilly as Jfielding suggest, and they got lots of good books, or you can thinking of M&T Books they have lots of books for RedHat.

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GnsCommented:
The Linux doc project mentioned by Paul above also contain some guides ("OpenSource books":-) that are pretty good... especially if you factor in the price;-).
If you like to fiddle for performance the second edition of the o'reilly swordfish book (System Performance Tuning - Musumeci/Loukides) is a very nice book geared towards Solaris (8 mainly) and Linux (mostly RHish IIRC). A very good book even if you don't have either:-).

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sknslvCommented:
hi queryanalyzer!

just thought i'd throw my tuppence worth in....

im a relative noob to unix/linux, and have found mandrake to be one of the better and easier to use distributions (i have tried redhat, debian, gentoo amongst others).  I had a quick go of lindows and lycoris too, and they are very user friendly and easy to install but I find they try to be too much like windows.

mandrake combines everything in one nice package....a good desktop distro with ease of use, manageability and has extra options if you want them (programming, development, web server etc).

I too recommend any of the bible books, and Linux: The Complete Reference by Richard Peterson isn't bad either.  The SAMS Teach Yourself series is good too.  As Mandrake is Red Hat based originally, most books relevant to RedHat will be useful for you with Mandrake too.

Hope this info is some use to you!
gtkfreakCommented:
Hi. Late on this mailing list, but you can try the book Red Hat Linux 9 Bible by Christopher Negus. Best in its class with 3 CDs containing Red Hat Linux on them.
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