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February 8th, 2006, 10:03 AM
I've been trying to find a list of sorts lately, of essential linux books that I could get that would better educate me in how things work. I'm not really a google/documentation guy. I like the feel of paper between my fingers. So what are some essential books I could get that would better acclimate me to things like sendmail, etc.

I know DNS and BIND is probably one of them. What are some others?

I know there were posts before about learning basic things. But I'm thinking more in terms of breaking the basics of the operating system down into essential components and reading about how they work.



February 8th, 2006, 10:18 AM
you cant go wrong with any O'Reilly books on the subject

February 8th, 2006, 02:24 PM
I've got O'Reilly "Linux in a Nutshell" and use it a lot...good reference !

February 8th, 2006, 02:37 PM
wondered the same thing myself once - http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=106136
i've spent some time perusing some of the suggestions, but i usually just come back to my linux pocket guide (o'reilly).

February 8th, 2006, 06:26 PM
Linux Power Tools is hands down a book that everyone wishing to learn linux should purchase, a few of the topics such as gui package managers are outdated now. However the rest of the book will take you from a novice to learning how to compile your own kernel and manually configure everything.


February 9th, 2006, 12:03 AM
Yeah I carry my pocket guide around with me just about everywere. It's a good reference to have. Fuscia thanks for the link, btw.

February 9th, 2006, 12:23 AM
Worship it.


February 9th, 2006, 01:36 AM
Worship it.


Now that's what I'm talking about. Thanks!

February 9th, 2006, 01:52 AM
Running Linux (O'Reilly)
Linux Cookbook (O'Reilly)
Linux in a Nutshell (O'Reilly)

These three plus that pocket guide mentioned by Fuscia will set you up nicely,


February 9th, 2006, 04:43 AM
Man pages :-D

February 11th, 2006, 12:04 PM
hi, there's lots of books in apt. have a look at these :-D


i got this link from the programming forum here, it explains how a computer works. i like it.

also books about bash scripts and python might be good too. i've got lots of books :cool: i'm going to read one one day hopefully \\:D/