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A Good All Around Book on Linux


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#1 LittleGreenDots

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 02:10 PM

I am about to venture into Linux (Mint Cinnamon) and I always like to have a book by my side..  I am non-techie but I want to learn how to work with command line.  Is the way that works pretty uniform with all (or most) of the distros?  What would be the good book to own?

 

Thanks for all the help here.  I am looking forward to this in a very big way.  Except for the spying, Windows 7 was okay for me.  But my mind is really set more in a open source/community place.



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:24 PM

Can't recommend a book as such, but I've found the following web sites and articles helpful  ....

 

https://linuxjourney.com/?utm_source=omgubuntu

 

http://linuxcommand.org/tlcl.php

 

http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2010/09/linux-file-system-structure/

 

 

There's a book available with the contents of the LinuxCommand.org site linked to above, or a pdf version which you can download for free (for offline reading)


Edited by Gary R, 17 September 2017 - 04:27 PM.


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Posted 17 September 2017 - 04:27 PM

This can get you started.

 

https://itsfoss.com/learn-linux-for-free/

 

And this BC thread.

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/633051/have-links-to-good-free-linux-libreoffice-e-books-share-them-here/



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Posted 17 September 2017 - 07:40 PM

These all look great.  I bookmarked them all.  I wanted something that I can access offline, in the event I have issues with the internet.

 

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 12:07 AM

If you want to read stuff offline, you can of course download the whole website .... http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-do-i-download-an-entire-website-for-offline-reading/

 

If all you want to do is save a single webpage, then in Firefox you click .... File > Save Page As .... and save the page as a html file to somewhere where you can find it when you want to read.  Double clicking on it will load the file into your browser, and you can read it as if you were online.

 

I use this latter method to store all sorts of useful articles.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 08:56 AM

Yeah books on linux tend to be rather useless, as linux is always changing and adapting.

Plus distros are quite different from each other, sure one can apply the same commands to debian and use them in ubuntu and linux mint but thats only because ubuntu and mint are based off debian.\

Package managers vary as do some of the back ends.


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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:32 PM

Thanks Spoon!!!!

 

No paper books for me then.  Thanks.  As long as I have some offline info (in case I have internet issues) I'm fine and other people in this thread already gave me links.



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Posted 21 September 2017 - 08:49 AM

I wouldn't suggest printed books here either, I've seen a few about linux and some about other software and in most cases they are laughably old, I don't think thesedays that it is very common for print books to be published about software or computers except for those detailing the underlying technical fundamentals (and even those do get dated quite fast).
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