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1 • Books for learning Linux (by Joe on 2016-02-29 01:40:46 GMT from North Americia) |
Years ago I bought a copy of Linux for Dummies that came with a demo CD. It was ok, but due to the time it takes to get a book published and on the shelves, it was already dated. Even the Linux magazines have information that is several months old. That is one of the reasons why I love Distrowatch. I like to try new distros as well as beta versions, but am not sure I have the skill to write a proper review. Maybe I will give it a try. Thanks
2 • Haiku (by Stormtrooper #90,900,91 on 2016-02-29 03:18:27 GMT from Europe)
Thanks for the Haiku coverage. I love reading about and trying different Operating Systems.
3 • Linux newbie books... (by tom joad on 2016-02-29 03:31:00 GMT from Europe)
I voted Ubuntu Unleash though it is an older edition. I liked the heft of the book and there was disks in the back to install Ubuntu. I bought the book a good ten years ago. Over that time it has served its purpose. I hardly crack it any more.
I also bought a book titled "The Linux Toolbox." I don't really know why. Because at the time I knew about the man pages. Also there is gobs of info on the internet about OS's, commands, tips and tricks, etc, etc. I didn't really need that book but I have it.
But I am kind of different. I came over from Windows and had been a help desk tech, etc for quite awhile. At the time I started with Linux I had already been through several Microsoft debacles with a couple of different companies. Sorry...I mean Microsoft OS roll outs with Vista being the absolute last straw. For me learning Linux was not that big of a deal though it did take a bit of time to get where I am now.
What I didn't have was any classes or anyone else to help me. I jumped in on my own and did it. And I think that really is the best way. Install it, break it, fix it, learn and repeat.
4 • Good old BeOS days (by Tran Older on 2016-02-29 05:40:25 GMT from Asia)
1. Had Apple decided to choose BeOS over NextOS, there wouldn't be iMacs, iPods, iPhones and iPads :-)
2. There is not a productivity suite for Haiku OS as Gobe Productive for BeOS ceased to be developed for 17 years. The port of KOffice for Haiku OS is not fully functional. Google Docs work better with the Mozilla Firefox port for Haiku OS than with NetPositive.
3. Of course, we can all use ZevenOS Goodbye Edition which is Sawfish window manager running on top of Xubuntu. It has the BeOS look-and-feel and is fully functional. But it's not "the real thing".
4. Amiga and BeBox may belong to the past but contributions to the AROS project and the Haiku project will always be appreciated.
5 • Another book for learning Linux (by Microlinux on 2016-02-29 07:28:15 GMT from Europe)
In 2009, the french publisher Eyrolles published my 530-page book "Linux aux petits oignons", a cookbook-style book that takes a newbie by the hand and guides him step by step to using Linux, mostly on the command line, without dumbing anything down.
The first edition was based on CentOS 5.3. The upcoming second edition will be based on Slackware 14.2.
6 • Linux Newbie books (by Zork on 2016-02-29 08:22:43 GMT from Oceania)
Voted for Linux Unleashed as it was what I learned from when moving to Linux.
I've steered clear of any "... for Dummies" books as they always seem a little condescending, simplistic and out-of-date for computing purposes.
Trouble with pretty much all "Newbie" guides is that they are either too in-depth or too simplistic. It is rare to see one that hits the sweet spot between.
Question is a bit vague though. A complete computer novice or someone migrating from another OS have vastly different "Newbie" requirements for this sort of book.
7 • Linux Newbie books (by kc1di on 2016-02-29 10:02:42 GMT from North America)
Voted for Ubuntu Unleashed, though there are several free on line books that cover much the same material and would be good starting points for a newbie.
8 • Fedora Atomic OMG!! (by Stan on 2016-02-29 10:22:29 GMT from Europe)
I'm excited with Fedora Atomic, sounds promissing.
9 • linux newbie guide (by jonathon on 2016-02-29 10:24:57 GMT from Oceania)
I'd like to thank Daniel Robbins for his guide http://www.funtoo.org/Linux_Fundamentals,_Part_1 and guides http://www.funtoo.org/Category:Articles may need to be a slightly mature newbie as it's fast paced compared to others
I have enjoyed many guides and will continue to do so, differences in delivery and emphasis can help broaden basic knowledge. Examples are great but too.
10 • PSION & Linux (by didier gaumet on 2016-02-29 10:41:01 GMT from Europe)
Concerning PSION and Linux, though NetBSD is not Linux, it has has a port for these machines: https://wiki.netbsd.org/ports/epoc32/
11 • Remix os (by peer on 2016-02-29 11:20:32 GMT from Europe)
A USB 3.0 flash drive that supports FAT32 format, with a minimum capacity of 8GB and a recommended writing speed of 20MB/s.
A CPU with 64-bit compatibility."
I hope that there also will be a 32-bit version. It would be a nice OS for my EEEpc
12 • remix 32 (by peer on 2016-02-29 12:07:40 GMT from Europe)
I just stumbled upon the Remix OS 32 versieon:
13 • haiku, etc... (by jc on 2016-02-29 13:04:09 GMT from North America)
keep meaning to set up old box just for the joy of playing w/haiku...
tks for the review -- & reminder!
how about rounding this out by doing the same sort of thing for the anteros project & amiga-os?
seeing that mention of psion was nice nostalgia... LIKED that toy!
linux bible etc will ALWAYS be dated by time of sales -- but -- these days that's true of every non-fiction work out there -- DO read magazines even though the same holds true there... thing is that sort of media makes it easy to delve into the surface of things & almost always better organised & written than web pages covering the same material...
fast word on android news: downloaded last version but 1 & was very disappointed: for an os that is so web dependent it recognised but NEVER connected with my isp... bleh!
14 • Other books (by albinard on 2016-02-29 15:06:05 GMT from North America)
When I started learning Linux (2009) I found the Keir "Thomas Beginning Ubuntu Linux" books the most helpful, but since then I have mostly referred to Mark Sobell's "A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux" or the old "Linux Cookbook" (same title, but one by Carla Schroder and one by Michael Stutz). I know many people love the TLCL book, but I find it awkward to use when you need to look up the details of a particular command.
15 • An option to save any changes to an OS on a USB flash drive (by dhinds on 2016-02-29 15:23:00 GMT from North America)
Porteus may be the best portable OS
16 • Books (by djw on 2016-02-29 16:01:25 GMT from North America)
I bought "Ubuntu Hacks" when I first got into Linux, about 10 years ago. Since then, no books, just search the web when I need something. Anything distro specific becomes obsolete in a short time. Most everything else I need is available on a few bookmarked sites. If Linux was my profession, instead of a hobby, that might be different.
17 • Books (by dbrion on 2016-02-29 16:24:55 GMT from Europe)
First, I much appreciated "Linux aux petits oignons " in 2009 and I am glad there will be another edition.
I already had used Unix for years (did not administrate) and I managed to learn new things.
This year, I was advised to read R. Kerrisk "The Linux Programming Interface" http://man7.org/tlpi/ : it shows examples, in a logical order, of many (it seems comprehenstive) C functions documented in the manual . Programming choices are thoroughly explained, improving my knowledge of C with a lot of useful examples. More complicated (less exercices : more concise with humor), but very easy to find with google is Robert Love's "Linux System Programming" ,https://www.rlove.org/ .
18 • Tiny Core (by Poet Nohit on 2016-02-29 18:19:24 GMT from North America)
It's pretty amazing what you can do with just flwm, wbar, aterm and a few other things.
19 • Unity GUI (by Solar Bay on 2016-02-29 20:14:40 GMT from North America)
All these incessant bashings of Unity or Gnome or Whatever, besides their tiresome redundancy, are premised on the bogus notion that The True Interface exists, that the author knows what it is, and the rest of us are stupid for not using it. All Linux GUI interfaces are much more alike than they are different, and they will remain that way as long as we use keyboards and mice. If someone thinks a row of icons *here* is Correct while a row of icons *there* is Incorrect, or lacks the intellectual elasticity to cope with changes like the position of a windows's Close button, then perhaps they ought to look to themselves first.
20 • Unity GUI (by tdockery97 on 2016-02-29 20:27:15 GMT from North America)
@19: The most sensible statements regarding Linux GUI's I have ever read.
21 • Persistence on USB drive (by Terry Parris on 2016-02-29 20:36:38 GMT from North America)
This comment is directed to Jessie Smith with the Miscellaneous News. Not sure if he answered the question about persistence on a USB "thumb drive" fully. He may have forgot some particular tools for this job. I'd like to remind him about UnetBootin. This application will allow you to install a live USB image to it and set up persistence. I used it just today (February 29, 2016) to test out Peach OS. I was able to set up an 8GB persistent file on a 64GB USB "thumb drive." It works beautifully. Also, Ubuntu still has a package in their repo's for doing just this. This package is usb-creator-gtk or usb-creator-kde depending on what desktop you have you can download either.
22 • Books on learning Linux (by eco2geek on 2016-02-29 21:18:18 GMT from North America)
Now that I'm into Ubuntu-based distributions, I'd probably recommend The Official Ubuntu Book for people wanting a book on learning Linux.
If you're interested in a book that's more distro-agnostic, the "Linux Bible" by Christopher Negus seems like a pretty good choice. New editions come out regularly; it discusses several different Linux distributions, and it's written in a way that goes from "just starting" topics to more complex topics.
(On the other hand, not everyone is good at book learning, and these books are typically on the expensive side.)
23 • Wonderful text by Andrew Tanenbaum (by Carlos on 2016-02-29 21:49:19 GMT from Europe)
That writing from Andrew Tanenbaum of Minix is a must read.
24 • Ubuntu Unleashed (by Bill S. on 2016-02-29 23:12:01 GMT from North America)
I voted Ubuntu Unleashed because 8 years ago, it came with Ubuntu 9.10.
After playing with that, man I was hooked!! So sorry to see the birth of Unity.
I still have Ubuntu 10.04 on a partition. Ah the old days of Gnome 2.30.
25 • #19 & andrew tanenbaum's minix... (by jcoeli on 2016-02-29 23:38:43 GMT from North America)
tks for this ref...
finally got around to following the link & reading the effort making minix...
am reminded of pioneers like tim hartnell, clive sinclair and steve vickers of zx81 fame teaching adults and kids how to program homework and games using basic...
26 • Books (by MC on 2016-03-01 01:20:23 GMT from North America)
I voted "other". It was some time ago, but I found out about "The Linux Command Line" by William Shotts right here on Distrowatch. Very useful for learning how to use the terminal back in my early Linux days.
27 • Opinion Poll (by learning Linux on 2016-03-01 01:22:33 GMT from Europe)
I would recommend Linux Bible to first time Linux readers. It's not a technical book in "latu sensu". It's a passionate approach that just works. It was my first reading and I got sold after reading it.
28 • Books for Linux (by Andy Figueroa on 2016-03-01 04:50:36 GMT from North America)
I was an early adopter of Linux when it first came out and was migrating from Unix. My Unix books continue to be the most useful for working with files and shell programming, in particular "Unix Primer Plus." Some early versions of Red Hat, Slackware, and a few others also came with books, and they have all contributed to my Linux knowledge.
29 • Unity GUI @19 & @20 (by ItShowsObviously on 2016-03-01 05:26:32 GMT from North America)
@19 I like free speech and I don't have an issue with anyone expressing their opinion or likes/dislikes (Then everyone knows where they truly stand.). I definitely don't feel the need to attempt to insult or belittle someone because they have a different opinion, taste or preference. "premised on the bogus notion that The True Interface exists, that the author knows what it is, and the rest of us are stupid for not using it.", purely an assumption or speculation at best. "then perhaps they ought to look to themselves first.", yes they are such a terrible person, because they have a different opinion or preference (sarcasm).
If anyone does have a different opinion, I for one don't jump to the conclusion they are "bashing", of course I am not hypersensitive or easily offended either. ;) Another beauty of Linux: choice, not being stuck in a box or a one DE fits all paradigm. Or that only one opinion is all that matters. (No keyboard warriors required. :))
@20 I could not disagree more. :)
Have a good one.
30 • Linux Books (by EarlyBird on 2016-03-01 06:14:51 GMT from North America)
I learned linux waaay back in the last century (1990's) primarily from 2 books published in 1996:
Redhat linux Unleashed on Sam's Books (came with Redhat 3.0.3)
Using Linux Special Edition on Que Books (came with both Slackware and Redhat).
Both books, though dated, still contain useful info usually left out of current books. The "Unleashed books are still around for various distros. Haven't seen Que titles in a while, but if you find a current release for a distro you are interested in, it is probably worth at least having a look at. The Linux Bible is still very much to be recommended.
Another title I found very useful when learning was Linux: The Textbook on Addison-Wesley (2002) - it was the easiest title I came across for getting things done without getting a dedicated "System administration" book (remember, this is supposed to be about titles for newcomers, not experts).
For anyone running Slackware or one of its derivatives, there is always "Slackware Linux Essentials" from slackbook.org.
For everyone, there is tldp.org (the linux documentation project), and too many websites to list here, though the ones featuring cheatsheets and such are especially helpful. Some of the podcasts linked to by this site are helpful, but if you have a local LUG (linux user group), that would be my number one recommended starting point.
Getting back to beginners books, my favourite, How Linux Works was reviewed here maybe about a year ago? Strange that no one has mentioned "Running Linux" on O'Reilly. And of course there's LFS (Linux from Scratch), but the most informative books (ie. -the ones that explain how to use the terminal, and what goes on beneath the gui) are precisely the ones most likely to scare away those transitioning from WinX (unless said user has some familiarity with the DOS prompt, in which case, by now they are probably already using linux.....
31 • linux books (by linuxista on 2016-03-01 07:24:13 GMT from North America)
I don't know why this site full of tech ebooks is free, but it is. It's almost too good to be true, though you can only get pdfs, not epubs. On the other hand it's still an amazing selection of titles. http://it-ebooks.info/
32 • Criticizing GUIs / Linux ebooks (by eco2geek on 2016-03-01 08:05:32 GMT from North America)
> If anyone does have a different opinion, I for one don't jump to the conclusion
> they are "bashing",
Personally, I'd be happy to point out everything I think is wrong with GNOME shell. I'd be happy to tell you why I think the developers of that user interface walked right up to the edge and jumped off into wacky world.
Except it wouldn't do a bit of good. My griping won't change anything. It's obvious that the true owners of a particular desktop environment are the community of developers who write it. If you can't influence them, all you can do is vote with your feet. (And I would argue that Unity, MATE, and Cinnamon all exist due to people's discontent over GNOME shell, so maybe it's not such a bad thing after all.)
@31 - That there would be a large collection of what you might call "copyright-challenged" ebooks. From the looks of it, it ain't exactly legal. Usually they want you to pay for those. :-)
33 • @32 Criticizing GUIs (by ItShowsObviously on 2016-03-01 08:42:34 GMT from Europe)
" all you can do is vote with your feet. (And I would argue that Unity, MATE, and Cinnamon all exist due to people's discontent over GNOME shell, so maybe it's not such a bad thing after all.)" Yep... share what you like or don't like about the DE. IMO if a DE changes, where it fits your needs/usage then you can go back to it or stay with it. If not, I am thankful for alternatives. :) Cheers.
34 • linux books (by peer on 2016-03-01 09:52:59 GMT from Europe)
I discovered linux in the nineties with a book on Red Hat wit a cd in it. I forgotten the book title.
I tried it but at that moment I was not ready for it so I stayed with windows.
A few years later I tried opensuse because I stil was interested in linux. From that moment I dit not use books but I gathered my knowledge on forums and I read many articles and magazines.
Now I am a happy mint kde user
35 • 32 • O'Reilly Media ebooks (by eco2geek) (by FOSSilizing Dinosaur on 2016-03-01 14:40:44 GMT from North America)
'…what you might call "copyright-challenged" …' That's libel.
These are try-before-you-buy advertising, with author encouragement.
Direct download only, pay for paper; … for private, personal use only.
Yes, some people are sane, even in an insane world.
36 • @35 copyright (by linusista on 2016-03-01 15:49:18 GMT from North America)
Thanks for the clarification. That's the marketing angle I suspected, and why the ebooks are limited to pdf only. Enjoy.
37 • Linux books (by Jordan on 2016-03-01 20:53:45 GMT from North America)
Distrowatch itself is my main "book." The tips list, the reviews. The stuff in here via search. Shell/cli stuff is all over the place in wikis etc. But Distrowatch is where we see functional real world info, imo.
38 • "That's libel" -- heh (by eco2geek on 2016-03-02 03:04:40 GMT from North America)
@35, @36 - So, let's take an example. "Linux in a Nutshell 6e" is right there on O'Reilly Media's site, with the ebook on sale for $41.99 (that's a good book, btw, but you should never pay retail). You can get the Kindle edition at Amazon for the low, low price of $24.09. Strangely, neither of those prices resemble "free".
The pdf, downloaded from your fine and dandy pirate ebook site (which, for some odd reason, fails to link back to the publisher's web site), is watermarked. "Download at WoweBook.Com" -- isn't that exactly what you'd expect to find on a legitimate copy?
That URL leads you to "Wow! eBook - The best eBook site ever!", from which your site apparently downloaded it. (My goodness. Is there no honor among thieves? :-)
So, common sense forces us to conclude that your so-called "try-before-you-buy advertising, with author encouragement" is just plain ol' piracy.
Good luck with that there libel claim, cowboy.
39 • Running Linux on a USB drive... (by tom joad on 2016-03-02 03:35:06 GMT from Europe)
I have been happily daily running Anti-x Mx-15 on a 16gig usb drive for several weeks. I can boot it to systemd or sysvinit too. I have tor loaded and it runs fine. It is stable, fast and I use it like anything else. Then I put the drive on my key chain.
A few days ago I loaded Tahrpup, Puppy, on an 8gig usb drive. Again it runs fine too. I think puppy is a bit cranky but I use it. Tarhpup loads in ram making it very fast. Some times it is too fast for us fat fingered folks.
Porteus is one OS that I hadn't considered. But I have it downloaded so I can give it a go in the next few days. Porteus can be loaded into ram as well. Porteus is Slackware so it is off in a different branch of Linux. Slackware is a bit of an enigma to me. I try to stay in the Debian branch.
I do have a couple 4gig drives. I will try them with these distros to see how they do.
None of the three OS's offer whole disk encryption during installation. Encryption would be nice.
40 • Voted Other (by far2fish on 2016-03-02 08:42:06 GMT from Europe)
I feel a book about RHCSA is a good place to start. Even though it focuses on Red Hat, you learn a lot of the basic commands in it, and you could even be ceritfied if you learn it well enough.
41 • remix os (by peer on 2016-03-02 11:26:18 GMT from Europe)
Remix OS for PC beta has arrived yesterday.
The ISO can be run as a live-os. I tried it in Virtualbox as a live os and it runs great without problems.
It also can be installed on a usb-stick or as dual boot on harddisk. Unfortunately the installer is a windows-file so you have to work on a windows pc. Why isn't there a install-function on the live disk??????
I took the installationfiles to a windows-pc and installed Remix on a usb-stick. I booted from the usb-stick and discovered that Remix automatically rebooted during the boot proces. I tried another usbstick and another pc but no luck.
I have not tried dualboot on windows.
42 • Linux books for the new user (by zhymm on 2016-03-02 14:05:55 GMT from North America)
I don't have all the books on the list in the poll and a few that aren't. But the one book that is on my desk and I've used most often is the "Linux Phrasebook, Essential Code and Commands" by Scott Granneman. It's physically small (doesn't take up much desk space) and has a good ToC and index so I can find what I need quickly. A distant second in the book category for me is Mark Sobell's "A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming" 3rd Ed.
However, for me, both of these books fall far behind the various wikis and fora available on the web, especially Arch Wiki, as a resource for learning Linux.
43 • @38 pirated books (by linuxista on 2016-03-02 16:09:05 GMT from North America)
I can find nothing that says it-ebooks.info is a pirate site. It has been up for 4 years and with a perfect record of being a reliable no-scam site. There are links to buy paper and other ebook formats. There is no info out there of it being a pirated site aside from your postulations.
There are also other sites that seem to use the same business model, such as http://www.onlineprogrammingbooks.com/
44 • Misc (ordissimo, plain ol piracy, books, tutorials) (by dbrion on 2016-03-02 17:51:59 GMT from Europe)
First, I would like to thank "cow boy" linuxista : I sometimes use it-ebooks, and I was glad to discover other links.
There is a category of people who never will need books, nor tutorial : very old people know they have little time lefts, and want to e-mail, watch photos without having to learn anything ... and without being bothered with viruses . Ordissimo http://www.ordissimo.com/fr/a-propos/changez-davis/ is debian based, and administrative tasks are made as simple as possible. What is ironical is that they are more expansive that the same hardware with XP/7/10 preinstalled .
Some people prefer tutorials (are quite useful for a given task, can be distribution-specific or version specific ), other prefer books (one can decide to have a working OS , and then, if one has time, to learn theory : it seems less difficult than learning what the inner parts of GNU linux are -without practising with examples .... -, and then installing..)
Most of the books I read -once my favourite GNUlinux distribution was installed and working, giving some time for my old brain- have working examples and one can practice. Often, firtt drafts (not fully proof read) are free, what is expansive is thorough rereading and nice cover) . Even with drafts, I did not find errors (and books are written as to be distribution agnostic, and give enough theory to cope with version changes -may be a 20 lines example, in a 400 pages book, will be out dated ... but one can be very glad of having some kind of understanding of why one's OS works, even with a tiny exception-)
45 • liveboot and toram and persistence (by nessie on 2016-03-03 04:39:31 GMT from North America)
Does unetbootin actually provide a persistence mechanism? AFAIK, unetbootin just asks whether you want a persistence partition & creates a blank holding pen. Then, when booting to ubuntu (or distro derived from ubuntu, and using the "casper" mechanism)... if a partition labeled casper is seen by the ubuntu O/S, the O/S saves persistence file(s) there.
antiX Linux, MX Linux, Porteus and various other distros are capable of optionally persisting changes during liveboot sessions. They use different (non-casper) mechanisms and, compared to casper, offer much more flexible options -- save just changes to your home directory or save all changes throughout the root filesystem.
Regarding the comment "porteus can run from ram": yep, you can do so with many other liveboot distros. Just add the bootline argument "toram" (no quotes)
46 • BeOs (by Gilbert Boisvert on 2016-03-03 11:33:58 GMT from North America)
I remember BeOs being advertised as crash-proof. They could load it down and slow it down, but not crash it. Is that still their goal? It was a nice OS but poor in drivers for peripherals, which was their downfall.
47 • 37 • Linux books. Distrowatch itself is my main "book." (by Greg Zeng on 2016-03-03 12:19:13 GMT from Oceania)
Finally someone has reached the 21st century. Hardcopy (books, magazines and other forms) is dying,
Last century's hardcopy books mentioned in the posts before this . exist in softcopy, except for the Unix books. qBittorrent (Linux, Mac or Windows) tells me this.
Screen copy (softcopy) is preferred because I can change font sizes, viewing brightness, etc to suit different situations. With softcopy, I could also launch text-to-audio applications to speak the text aloud, allowing multi-tasking, like other audio-books and podcasts.
48 • @43 : wowebook.info legit? (by Johan on 2016-03-03 13:39:45 GMT from Europe)
I tried to download something from the wowebook site. Just to test, of course. Result: it spawned two instances of Firefox, one a gambling site, another a porno site, and on the original instance of Firefox it warned me my PC was infected and I needed to call a phone number immediately. Oh, and it tried to generate some 200 pop-up screens but Firefox prevented that. Since a previous distrowatch recommended Firejail and I used that + my linux account is that of a normal user I guess there is no real harm done. But I would advise caution when using some of the links in the user comments...
49 • @47 Can linux be compromised by a wowerine windows server? (by dbrion on 2016-03-03 14:57:58 GMT from Europe)
Well, it is a bad, a very bad idea to try to master windows servers.... (the wowebook link, I spontaneously avoided).
OTOH, freecomputerbooks seems serious :
in the C category, links to sites offering K & R can be found...(I do not know of its official, legal status)
links to every O Reilly books..
and Firefox did not suffer
50 • Bad sites (by Kragle on 2016-03-03 17:57:23 GMT from North America)
I expect evil website operators to use (or imitate) good (and legitimate) things to lure victims.
51 • The Linux Command Line (by anonymoose on 2016-03-03 20:41:21 GMT from North America)
I found TLCL quite helpful when I first started using Linux.
52 • wowbooks (by linuxista on 2016-03-03 23:11:59 GMT from North America)
I just tested wowbooks for the first time. Downloaded missing manual for iworks (nothing I need, just a test). Even though a 2 or 3 step process, no pop-ups or porn or whatever and the downloaded ebook was what it was supposed to be and functioned properly.
I'm not standing behind it, but the site didn't seem dicey. it-ebooks.info is more straightforward, though.
53 • Books (by Anonymous on 2016-03-04 02:46:18 GMT from North America)
Is it me or people are forgetting the FreeBSD Handbook. It is very solid book with many chapters covering many topics. There used to be a unix primer, and others but most of the BSDs are very solid in their documentation. The Linux commandline by Shotts is also very good. But for many old timers, learning by experimenting and installing using --help and man nameofprog and of course google and now duckduckgo :)
54 • Another book for learning Linux (by Bill L on 2016-03-05 21:10:10 GMT from North America)
The great books by (one f) Michael Kofler are great. In English from Addison-Wesley. Linux Installation, Configuration and Use.
They are getting larger, over 1,400 pages, with every edition for the past 20 years. He tries to include all the major distributions, Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Ubuntu. The CD/DVD has the text and the distributions.
14th edition in December 2015 from Rheinwerk Computing, formerly Galileo Publishing. kofler.info for more.
55 • Porteus Kiosk & Tor Browser ? (by Tom Tite on 2016-03-06 23:39:08 GMT from Europe)
It would be great if this alternative exists.
4G Mobile Broadband Dongles should also work.
This is just a thought.
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|• Issue 821 (2019-07-01): OpenMandriva 4.0, Ubuntu's plan for 32-bit packages, Fedora Workstation improvements, DragonFly BSD's smaller kernel memory|
|• Issue 820 (2019-06-24): Clear Linux and Guix System 1.0.1, running Android applications using Anbox, Zorin partners with Star Labs, Red Hat explains networking bug, Ubuntu considers no longer updating 32-bit packages|
|• Issue 819 (2019-06-17): OS108 and Venom, renaming multiple files, checking live USB integrity, working with Fedora's Modularity, Ubuntu replacing Chromium package with snap|
|• Issue 818 (2019-06-10): openSUSE 15.1, improving boot times, FreeBSD's status report, DragonFly BSD reduces install media size|
|• Issue 817 (2019-06-03): Manjaro 18.0.4, Ubuntu Security Podcast, new Linux laptops from Dell and System76, Entroware Apollo|
|• Issue 816 (2019-05-27): Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.0, creating firewall rules, Antergos shuts down, Matthew Miller answers questions about Fedora|
|• Issue 815 (2019-05-20): Sabayon 19.03, Clear Linux's developer features, Red Hat explains MDS flaws, an overview of mobile distro options|
|• Issue 814 (2019-05-13): Fedora 30, distributions publish Firefox fixes, CentOS publishes roadmap to 8.0, Debian plans to use Wayland by default|
|• Issue 813 (2019-05-06): ROSA R11, MX seeks help with systemd-shim, FreeBSD tests unified package management, interview with Gael Duval|
|• Issue 812 (2019-04-29): Ubuntu MATE 19.04, setting up a SOCKS web proxy, Scientific Linux discontinued, Red Hat takes over Java LTS support|
|• Issue 811 (2019-04-22): Alpine 3.9.2, rsync examples, Ubuntu working on ZFS support, Debian elects new Project Leader, Obarun releases S6 tools|
|• Issue 810 (2019-04-15): SolydXK 201902, Bedrock Linux 0.7.2, Fedora phasing out Python 2, NetBSD gets virtual machine monitor|
|• Issue 809 (2019-04-08): PCLinuxOS 2019.02, installing Falkon and problems with portable packages, Mint offers daily build previews, Ubuntu speeds up Snap packages|
|• Issue 808 (2019-04-01): Solus 4.0, security benefits and drawbacks to using a live distro, Gentoo gets GNOME ports working without systemd, Redox OS update|
|• Issue 807 (2019-03-25): Pardus 17.5, finding out which user changed a file, new Budgie features, a tool for browsing FreeBSD's sysctl values|
|• Issue 806 (2019-03-18): Kubuntu vs KDE neon, Nitrux's znx, notes on Debian's election, SUSE becomes an independent entity|
|• Issue 805 (2019-03-11): EasyOS 1.0, managing background services, Devuan team debates machine ID file, Ubuntu Studio works to remain an Ubuntu Community Edition|
|• Issue 804 (2019-03-04): Condres OS 19.02, securely erasing hard drives, new UBports devices coming in 2019, Devuan to host first conference|
|• Issue 803 (2019-02-25): Septor 2019, preventing windows from stealing focus, NetBSD and Nitrux experiment with virtual machines, pfSense upgrading to FreeBSD 12 base|
|• Issue 802 (2019-02-18): Slontoo 18.07.1, NetBSD tests newer compiler, Fedora packaging Deepin desktop, changes in Ubuntu Studio|
|• Issue 801 (2019-02-11): Project Trident 18.12, the meaning of status symbols in top, FreeBSD Foundation lists ongoing projects, Plasma Mobile team answers questions|
|• Issue 800 (2019-02-04): FreeNAS 11.2, using Ubuntu Studio software as an add-on, Nitrux developing znx, matching operating systems to file systems|
|• Issue 799 (2019-01-28): KaOS 2018.12, Linux Basics For Hackers, Debian 10 enters freeze, Ubuntu publishes new version for IoT devices|
|• Issue 798 (2019-01-21): Sculpt OS 18.09, picking a location for swap space, Solus team plans ahead, Fedora trying to get a better user count|
|• Issue 797 (2019-01-14): Reborn OS 2018.11.28, TinyPaw-Linux 1.3, dealing with processes which make the desktop unresponsive, Debian testing Secure Boot support|
|• Issue 796 (2019-01-07): FreeBSD 12.0, Peppermint releases ISO update, picking the best distro of 2018, roundtable interview with Debian, Fedora and elementary developers|
|• Issue 795 (2018-12-24): Running a Pinebook, interview with Bedrock founder, Alpine being ported to RISC-V, Librem 5 dev-kits shipped|
|• Issue 794 (2018-12-17): Void 20181111, avoiding software bloat, improvements to HAMMER2, getting application overview in GNOME Shell|
|• Issue 793 (2018-12-10): openSUSE Tumbleweed, finding non-free packages, Debian migrates to usrmerge, Hyperbola gets FSF approval|
|• Issue 792 (2018-1203): GhostBSD 18.10, when to use swap space, DragonFly BSD's wireless support, Fedora planning to pause development schedule|
|• Issue 791 (2018-11-26): Haiku R1 Beta1, default passwords on live media, Slax and Kodachi update their media, dual booting DragonFly BSD on EFI|
|• Issue 790 (2018-11-19): NetBSD 8.0, Bash tips and short-cuts, Fedora's networking benchmarked with FreeBSD, Ubuntu 18.04 to get ten years of support|
|• Issue 789 (2018-11-12): Fedora 29 Workstation and Silverblue, Haiku recovering from server outage, Fedora turns 15, Debian publishes updated media|
|• Issue 788 (2018-11-05): Clu Linux Live 6.0, examining RAM consumpion, finding support for older CPUs, more Steam support for running Windows games on Linux, update from Solus team|
|• Issue 787 (2018-10-29): Lubuntu 18.10, limiting application access to specific users, Haiku hardware compatibility list, IBM purchasing Red Hat|
|• Issue 786 (2018-10-22): elementary OS 5.0, why init keeps running, DragonFly BSD enables virtual machine memory resizing, KDE neon plans to drop older base|
|• Issue 785 (2018-10-15): Reborn OS 2018.09, Nitrux 1.0.15, swapping hard drives between computers, feren OS tries KDE spin, power savings coming to Linux|
|• Issue 784 (2018-10-08): Hamara 2.1, improving manual pages, UBports gets VoIP app, Fedora testing power saving feature|
|• Issue 783 (2018-10-01): Quirky 8.6, setting up dual booting with Ubuntu and FreeBSD, Lubuntu switching to LXQt, Mint works on performance improvements|
|• Issue 782 (2018-09-24): Bodhi Linux 5.0.0, Elive 3.0.0, Solus publishes ISO refresh, UBports invites feedback, Linux Torvalds plans temporary vacation|
|• Issue 781 (2018-09-17): Linux Mint 3 "Debian Edition", file systems for SSDs, MX makes installing Flatpaks easier, Arch team answers questions, Mageia reaches EOL|
|• Issue 780 (2018-09-10): Netrunner 2018.08 Rolling, Fedora improves language support, how to customize Kali Linux, finding the right video drivers|
|• Issue 779 (2018-09-03): Redcore 1806, keeping ISO downloads safe from tampering, Lubuntu makes Calamares more flexible, Ubuntu improves GNOME performance|
|• Issue 778 (2018-08-27): GuixSD 0.15.0, ReactOS 0.4.9, Steam supports Windows games on Linux, Haiku plans for beta, merging disk partitions|
|• Issue 777 (2018-08-20): YunoHost 188.8.131.52, limiting process resource usage, converting file systems on Fedora, Debian turns 25, Lubuntu migrating to Wayland|
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