[ILUG] Best General Purpose Book on Linux
David De La Harpe Golden
david at harpegolden.net
Thu Jan 29 23:19:43 GMT 2009
David Howe wrote:
> I just wanted to poll the list on which Linux manuals or instructional
> books that they have found particularly good.
> I have found "Linux Cookbook" (O'Reilly ISBN 0-596-00640-3) to be useful
> in the past but it does lack in some departments. It provide quick fixes
> but does not go into too much depth.
Well, obviously by the nature of the beast, single books going into lots
of depth will necessarily be more specialised and perhaps advanced,
unless they're also effing enormous with tiny print... :-)
e.g. For linux kernel innards, there's
"Linux Device Drivers" by Corbet, Rubini & Kroah-Hartman, alongside
"Understanding the Linux Kernel" by Bovet & Cesati.
Bear in mind a lot of general unixy books are largely relevant to linux,
e.g. the "POSIX Programmer's Guide: Writing Portable UNIX Programs" by
Lewine is pretty handy to have if you're writing code on linux, just as
on unix. Yeah, it's a pretty old book at this stage, but it covers
absolutely core topics for unix and linux programmers, basic facilities
like forking child processes, fifos, signal handling, terminal i/o and
job control which are used everywhere and taken for granted but seldom
so lucidly explained.
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