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Signal Ground: Book Review: Running Linux

Aug 29, 2000, 20:44 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Buying reference books can be a hit and miss proposition. Many references seem good on the surface at the bookstore, but after getting them home and delving deeper, the information may not seem as relevant. A reference book that is never grabbed off your shelf isn't going to be much of a help to anyone."

"When I decided it was time to get a deeper understanding of Linux, I wanted something useful that wasn't going to become another paperweight. After perusing the Linux Newbie mailing list for a few months, I found "Running Linux" getting the nod many times as newcomers would ask about what book serves as a good introduction to Linux. Many experienced users seemed to have this one in their libraries so I figured I'd give it a try...."

"The organization of the book starts at explaining some of the most basic concepts about Linux and quickly moves into installation and configuring a system and then ties in some of the common threads between UNIX and LINUX. What I liked about this introductory section was how detailed and yet concise it was. The style seems to be to add in enough definition on each topic so that afterward you feel exposed to a ton of information while not getting bogged down along the way. It's quite a trick to be able to delve deeply into technical details but to not go overboard and to know when to keep moving along."

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