[Techtalk] New to the list...new to linux

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>From: Telsa Gwynne <hobbit at aloss.ukuu.org.uk>
>To: techtalk at linuxchix.org
>Subject: Re: [Techtalk] New to the list...new to linux
>Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2001 11:18:23 +0100
>On Sat, Sep 29, 2001 at 09:29:15PM -0700 or thereabouts, Tianna Thomas 
> > Can anyone recommend a good book?  BN.com has about a zillion but I 
> > have that much time...if you can only buy one, which one is it?
>I love Jon Lasser's "Think Unix". It explains the mindset. Some of
>it is not specific down to the level of "this flag does this thing
>to this command" because the commands vary slightly across different
>UNIXes. Instead it goes for explaining the concepts. The very first
>chapter is about how to get details out of man pages. It's short,
>but it covers the basics. I think. Alas, my copy is out on loan
>(must get it back) so I can't check that it does in fact cover the
>bits you're currently asking for.
>When you know _more_, the single best reference volume for me is
>"Linux in a nutshell" but I would not call this a beginners book.
>I would say that's for when you know what you're trying to do and
>just need help doing it. It divides commands up into logical
>groups and chapters. It's just that you have to have a pretty
>good idea of those groupings before you can find stuff :)
>Some people learn better from printed matter. If you are not
>one of them, there are tons and tons of documents on the web.
>http://www.linuxdoc.org will have more than you ever wanted.
>And the distribution you are using will probably have manuals
>too, both printed and on the web. Red Hat, for example, have
>a Getting Started guide and a Reference Guide (and possibly
>some others) which you can download from their site. I found
>the Mandrake manuals on the Mandrake site, too.
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