[ubuntu-uk] Good general book on Ubuntu/Linux?

Tyler J. Wagner tyler at tolaris.com
Wed Oct 3 14:59:50 UTC 2012

On 2012-10-03 15:21, Gordon Burgess-Parker wrote:
> I'm looking for a book on either Ubuntu or Linux in general in the "Windows
> inside out" type of format, i.e. from simple through to fairly technical,
> suitable for a general user - me!

This does not fit your use case, and I do not recommend you read it. The
others are right in saying that print is hopelessly unable to stay in touch
with the pace of Linux development.

However, this book is so good that I have to throw it out there. If you
want to understand the basics of Unix (Linux included), there is the UNIX
and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition).


That's for people who always wanted to know about user permissions, how the
filesystem works, etc. Everything down to system call programming and up to
the graphical environment. This stuff changes over time, but not so much
that the book gets out of date.

It's also really funny, especially the war stories.


"The universe is probably littered with the one-planet graves of cultures
which made the sensible economic decision that there's no good reason
to go into space – each discovered, studied, and remembered by the ones
who made the irrational decision."
   -- Randal Munroe

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