View Full Version : Which Ubuntu book?

April 30th, 2007, 02:19 AM
Hi, I would like some advice on choosing a book to help with using and learning to use Ubuntu. I was thinking about, "The Official Ubuntu Book". Any other suggestions, I need a book for total beginner. Would this book also be useful if I was to use Kubuntu instead of Ubuntu?

April 30th, 2007, 02:40 AM
Beginning Ubuntu Linux, by Keir Thomas or Ubuntu Unleashed, by Andrew Hudson & Paul Hudson. I think the book I really grab the most is Linux Phrasebook, by Scott Granneman. It's command line stuff, & really is useful. Of course I like reference material so I always check the clearence stack too. I'll look for that book now. Thanks.

April 30th, 2007, 03:39 AM
Beginning Ubuntu (http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Ubuntu-Second-Novice-Professional/dp/1590598202/ref=pd_bbs_sr_6/104-8427620-6340710?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177900319&sr=8-6) is a great place to start. I was not overly inpressed with the official Ubuntu book but it did have some interesting historical/philosophical info. I recently picked up Hacking Ubuntu (http://www.amazon.com/Hacking-Ubuntu-Serious-Customizations-ExtremeTech/dp/047010872X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_8/104-8427620-6340710?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177900319&sr=8-8). I have not spent a lot of time with it yet but it seems a good tool for moving beyond the basics. I also like Ubuntu Hacks (http://www.amazon.com/Ubuntu-Hacks-Tools-Exploring-Tuning/dp/0596527209/ref=pd_bbs_sr_7/104-8427620-6340710?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177900319&sr=8-7). It has a lot of good tips/fixes for many common questions/issues.

As dagrump suggests, the Linux Phrasebook might be the most useful simply because knowing the command line is so useful in any Linux distro.

May 1st, 2007, 11:07 AM
Thanks guys. I'll check a couple of those out.

May 1st, 2007, 11:13 AM
If you are a novice (new beginner with unshakable faith in Linux) then go for "The official Ubuntu book" or "Ubuntu for non geeks". But if you have some prior knowledge then buy "Ubuntu hacks".

You will find many more books here: http://www.futuredesktop.org with tons of other vital links.
Press cntr + F in FireFox and search for Books: word on that page.

PS. Do not forget to check some great online magazines. Visit this page: http://linux1.no/node/2511
Eg. Ubuntus own mag, "Full circle" is there and may-month edition of PCLinuxOS + many more.

May 1st, 2007, 11:47 AM
You may want to look into these.

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors and Shell Programming
Linux in a Nutshell
Linux Iptables Pocket Reference
Linux Desktop Hacks
Linux Security Cookbook
Running linux
Linux Server Hacks /Building Secure Servers with Linux/Linux Server Security
Learning the Bash Shell
Learning Python

Heres what I'm using.
Running Linux.
Linux in a nutshell
Linux system commands

Personally i don't use distro specific books so i can't comment on them,however. Those I listed should get you going,

Also you don't have to stick to distro specific books to get the info you need.