"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."