Suggestions for Introduction to the Linux OS Good books for Understanding Linux and Ubuntu
Posted 08 February 2011 - 02:51 PM
Thank you, for Bodhi Linux.
I am new to the Linux OS. In 2-3 weeks I will have a new PC system, when I intend to start using the OS for the first time, with Bodhi Linux.
I would like to ask for suggestions on good (detailed) introductions to the Linux OS - preferably books, some of which I can then continue to use as a reference. If my understanding is correct, all Linux distributions use the same kernel, but have different components? If so, then my understanding should focus on the Ubuntu framework (since this underlies Bodhi)?
Ideally, I would be looking for a detailed overview of the OS and the relationship between the OS components, with diagrams; and also, a description and use of the different components.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, and I will follow these up.
With thanks, Andrew.
Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:20 PM
Though Bodhi is not geared toward new users in the way that Ubuntu is, you will find that our little community here is VERY active and eager to help. And the fact that we are an Ubuntu based system means that nearly all of the documentation for one of the world's most popular (if not THE most popular) is applicable to Bodhi as well.
To the book question: when I was first cutting my teeth on Linux I found "A Practical Guide to Linux" very very helpful. It has gone through several editions and slight name changes over the years so I can't speak with total certainty of its value now, but it has really good reviews at Amazon.
I hope you enjoy your stay at Bodhi.
Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:52 PM
Thanks very much for pointing me in the right direction with your suggestion for a book by Mark G Sobell on the Linux OS. After some exploration of my own into other books by him for specific distributions which also cover the various graphical interfaces (and an exploration of other authors mentioned by the various reviewers) I have in fact settled on an updated edition of the book you mentioned. Although also for beginners, it is purely command based, and so a greater challenge for a beginner to Linux - but I would like to learn about the OS in the most fundamental way I can. (Anything I need outside of this book I will lookup online).
The book, should anyone, reading this wish to look it up, is: Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, second edition (November 29, 2009): Amazon link
You asked me "where did you hear of Bodhi and what made you choose it as your first Linux?".
I know I was simply surfing the web looking at various distributions when someone referred to Bodhi; that's how I arrived. I appreciated the enthusiasm and joy around, and so I am here .
Thank you, Andrew.
Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:02 PM
Guess I just dove right into the middle of things, cold-turkey style, and learned as I went along