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May 14th, 2008, 06:23 AM
Can anyone recommend a good Ubuntu book that goes talks about the complete system for example:-

-how to mount drives,
-the kernel,
-using the terminal,
-commands in the terminal
-the file structure,
-what happens when you install using apt-get and where your files go
-graphics cards and drivers

It is one area I need to learn.
I have now fully migrated to Ubuntu, it's taken 3 years but I have finally done it.

I have Photoshop 7 and Dreaweaver 8 running without any problems in Wine, in fact it is quicker than Windows, so I am really happy. It's now time to learn about the system.

I remember about 10 years ago I bought the Windows95 Bible it was the best thing I bought, it taught me so much about the system. I am hoping something like this exists for Ubuntu.

May 14th, 2008, 06:41 AM
well there is a "official" guide for ubuntu for sale out there:
here (http://www.amazon.com/Official-Ubuntu-Book-Benjamin-Mako/dp/0137136684/ref=pd_bbs_sr_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210743498&sr=8-5)
and there is the community wiki

May 14th, 2008, 06:50 AM
I found this book (http://www.amazon.com/Hacking-Ubuntu-Serious-Customizations-ExtremeTech/dp/047010872X) very useful but it uses 6.10.- at least the version I got used 6.10. I attend school in upstate NY and I have access to all books in the NY library system so I ordered it and it was there in a few days. One problem I found is that it tells you what to do but it doesn't always say WHY you do that, or perhaps the author had a wiser intended audience.

I would like to learn the same things you discussed. I've been busy w/ school - I hope to use this summer learnig what I can. I got a great book by O'Reilly called Understanding The Linux Kernel (http://books.google.com/books?id=cbbMrRNiC4cC&dq=understanding+the+linux+kernel&pg=PP1&ots=TvT8dVlg0k&sig=96yrhrAULGCa5gBheuqIS7vavkU&hl=en&prev=http://www.google.com/search%3Fq%3Dunderstanding%2Bthe%2Blinux%2Bkernel% 26ie%3Dutf-8%26oe%3Dutf-8%26rls%3Dcom.ubuntu:en-US:official%26client%3Dfirefox-a&sa=X&oi=print&ct=title&cad=one-book-with-thumbnail). I personally think it's a little deep and so far I've taken two courses in C and Assembly Language (which I think helps A LOT to understand how computers work from an electrical standpoint).

Every time I google "how to write drivers" I get webpages that say you absolutely MUST understand kernel concepts and stuff that borders on electrical engineering stuff (with a concentration on computing of course). So hopefully I can start learning that. I see all these people having trouble with video cards and drivers and I want to help them - just need to learn how.

Well, had my last final exam today, so hopefully I can get started.

May 14th, 2008, 06:51 AM
well there is a "official" guide for ubuntu for sale out there:
here (http://www.amazon.com/Official-Ubuntu-Book-Benjamin-Mako/dp/0137136684/ref=pd_bbs_sr_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210743498&sr=8-5)
and there is the community wiki

Dude that book is total nublar and I don't think it's appropriate for someone who's been into Ubuntu for 3 years.

May 14th, 2008, 06:56 AM
I just got this one: A Practical Guide To Ubuntu Linux (http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Guide-Ubuntu-Linux-R/dp/013236039X/) [link is to Amazon]

It's big and pretty comprehensive, and may be something like the win95 Bible in that sense. 1070 pages not counting the index. I've barely scratched the surface of it yet, but I'm happy with what I've read so far.

It's written for Gutsy, though. It's only been out four months, but books are always out of date compared to the forums and wiki because Ubuntu releases so often.

There's a Slashdot review from a month ago of the same book here (http://books.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/04/02/1319237&from=rss).

May 14th, 2008, 07:18 AM
ubuntu unleashed 7.10, it is kinda expensive and long but from what I have heard is really good. You should search amazon.

May 14th, 2008, 04:16 PM
Hear is info, and books I have used. While not Ubuntu specific they might help.

Here are some basic online doc's

Linux Directory Structure (http://www.comptechdoc.org/os/linux/usersguide/linux_ugfilestruct.html)




Guide to understanding the fstab file (http://www.openaddict.com/node/31)

Guide to adding a new partition or drive to an existing system (http://linuxgazette.net/150/prestia.html)

Guide to Linux File Command Mastery (http://www.oracle.com/technology/pub/articles/calish_file_commands.html)

Books that might interest you:

Running Linux (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596007607/#top)

Linux Desktop Hacks (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596009113/)

Learning the bash Shell, Third Edition (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596009656/)

From Bash to Z Shell: Conquering the Command Line (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1590593766)

Linux Security Cookbook (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596003913/#top)

Understanding the Linux Kernel (http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596000028/)

Linux Bible, 2008 Edition (http://www.amazon.com/Linux-Bible-2008-openSUSE-Distributions/dp/0470230193/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1210776901&sr=8-1)

A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors and Shell Programming (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=rf1WgZ8C0v&isbn=0131478230&itm=10)

Linux Iptables Pocket Reference (http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=rf1WgZ8C0v&isbn=0596005695&itm=49)

Linux system commands (http://www.amazon.com/Linux-System-Commands-Patrick-Volkerding/dp/0764546694/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1197179461&sr=1-1)