[Techtalk] simple reference book on Linux

Kristina Jareckaite kristi at erdves.lt
Thu Jan 31 20:34:20 EST 2002

My humble suggestion here. I once came accross quite a nice online Linux
manual for newbies, you can find it at:


As for a book, I'd highly recommend taking a look at Slackware Linux
Unleashed (published by O'Reilly, it seems to me this one hasn't been
mentioned yet...) - or any other Linux distribution "Unleashed" (I know they
do have Red Hat Linux Unleashed as well, unaware if there is anything about
other distributions). In all of those books there are several same (I think
identical, but not sure) chapters. You can find the very basics in the

Basic Commands (ch 7)
File System (ch 8)
Bash (ch 10)
and System Administration Basics (ch 38)

I'd suggest reading them in this order because at least for the people I've
helped as yet, it has made sense this way ;] This book is available online so
you don't have to buy it just to realize you find it not worth buying. Well
at least I managed to find it on a Lithuanian free-book site, so I can help
you out with it... if you care enough to drop me a line ;]

 - Kristi -

On Thursday 31 January 2002 07:36, you wrote:
> << Message: 11
> Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 20:42:41 -0600 (CST)
> From: "Glenda R. Snodgrass" <grs at theneteffect.com>
> To: <techtalk at linuxchix.org>
> Subject: [Techtalk] simple reference book on Linux
> Can anyone recommend a simple reference book on Linux?  My partner says
> there used to be an Oreilly pocket reference book, he thinks, but I can't
> seem to find it.  We have a client experimenting with Linux on the
> desktopat home, but he has no background in *nix at all, and he could
> really usea basic reference book on commands like ls | > cat and stuff like
> that.Any recommendations?-- Glenda R. Snodgrass >>
> I'd be interested in such a book, too.
> I have NO Linux experience, and going through the "Essential System
> Administration" book by Aeileen Frisch and published by O'Reilly is not
> doing me much good.
> I'm actually more confused now than I was before.  The commands I did
> learn, are not in the book's earliest chapters (at least most of them), and
> what is in there I can't seem to get a grasp on.
> I'm trying the recommended Chapter a day -- but its rough.
> Karen MacLeod
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