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Order (or just read more about) Linux (Second Edition)-Michael Kofler (No longer published)
This is not a great book. It's full of errors, misconceptions and bad advice. Definitely NOT recommended- I'd found at least half a dozen completely wrong statements before I got 100 pages in; I didn't bother going much farther.
Part of the problem is that he tries to deal with all Linux distributions, and thus gets caught making statements that may be true for some, but aren't for all. But it goes beyond that: for example he blithely advices that you just need to hit DEL to get into your systems BIOS setup. Apparently he hasn't experienced very many systems; that's a common method, but certainly won't work everywhere. Further on, he describes the lost+found directory as:
is the place where lost files are stored. (These are incomplete or corrupted files that can result from an automatic repair of the file system after exiting Linux improperly.)
That's a dumb and entirely misleading explanation.
Another fairly silly section was his explanation of symbolic versus hard links- not only isn't it explained well, but his conclusions that symbolic links are "better" and should be relative need much more support than he gave them.
Finally, on page 104 (which is where I tossed it over my shoulder), he warns that you must mount CDROM's with the "exec" option if you want to execute programs directly from the CD. I don't know if that was true once, or even is still true on some versions, but it certainly isn't true on current Red Hat.
I'd say don't bother with this one. This opinion is, by the way, completely contrary to the reviews you'll find at Amazon and in Linux Journal- they LOVED this book. Maybe I'm just gettying cranky in my old age, but I sure didn't love it.
I heard from the author a while after writing this- a nice enough guy who admitted to some mistakes but (naturally enough) didn't like my review. If there is anyone else reading this who has a positive comment to add, I'd be more than happy to include it, but I still don't recommend it.
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