About a month and a half ago I started researching Linux on the web, and now I have a laptop with nothing but Ubuntu, and a desktop with Ubuntu and a fresh install of XP that I hope to never use. I am a noob through and through when it comes to Linux, but thanks to the devoted user community I have struggled through to the point that I truly believe I can completely shed myself of MS Windows and be happy about it. However. . .
As nice as Synaptic and auto-updates for my current packages are, the transition is not exactly painless for a noob like me. It seems that a healthy understanding of the terminal, while not entirely necessary, would definitely be extremely beneficial for a noob who has embraced Linux as his new hobby. Problem is, I guess I'm old-school, because I much prefer to do my heavy reading with a hard-copy, and I have had no luck searching for a suitable book in the bookstores. My only experience so far is with Ubuntu and Kubuntu (tried other distro's LiveCDs, but they didn't boot properly, probably due to corruptions from high-speed burns, though I plan to test drive them in the future). Any books found in the stores seem outdated, as is the nature of the industry I suppose.
I've found an abundance of resources online, and I'm very grateful for the community that provides these resources, but I would live to have something I can take to my sofa and relax with without worrying about secondary burns from my POS laptop.
If any books are out there that I can get from Amazon, etc, that are relatively up-to-date and will help me learn the commands with an Ubuntu leaning, I would greatly appreciate recommendations. Also, if there are any comprehensive guides online that are geared towards complete noobs like me, I could print them, though my Canon PIXMA is an ink *****.
Thanks for any advice.