Kuro5hin.org: The Essential Linux Bookshelf, Part II: Linux Installation and Getting StartedApr 25, 2000, 00:10 (1 Talkback[s])
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"After our look at a true Unix classic the week before last (or was it the week before last before last?!), I thought we'd get a bit closer to the Unix-like system most of us are no doubt using. Walk into any big bookstore today, and you'll like as not find a whole Linux section, a shelf or more of big fat books all about Linux. Only a few years ago, it wasn't that way. Indeed, there weren't any books about Linux at all. I started with Linux in those "bad old days", back in 1994, and the book that was my steadfast guide throughout my first six months of wrestling with this strange new world was "Linux Installation and Getting Started", by Matt Welsh. I say "book", but it would be more exact to say file; although it was book-length, it wasn't printed, nor even "published" on the web to begin with. The book has gone through numerous revisions, and editions have also been printed by SSC and O'Reilly."
"The motiviation for Walsh's book stems from the days before "distributions", when the "standard" way of installing Linux was to grab whatever others had kindly made available -- Walsh mentions H.J. Lu's diskettes -- and set to work getting the thing up and running on your system. Not only were distributions on CD-ROM not available; Linux couldn't read from a CD-ROM drive in any case! In his own words:"
"I downloaded a slew of files and read pages upon pages of loosely-organised installation notes. Somehow, I managed to install this basic system and get everything working together."
"This book, however, does not expect you to go to such lengths!"