If it's Linux you're interested in, consider a Live CD such as Knoppix, Ubuntu, or the Fedora 7 DVD (which just came bundled with this month's Linux Format magazine. That way you can experiment all you want and not actually have to wipe out anything off the hard disk of your computer.
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I want to learn unix shell scripting. Is this book UNIX(R) Shells by Example (4th Edition) by Ellie Quigley good one?Suggest me any other book or material or dvd for learning UNIX from the beginning? Please tell me how to install unix?I have windows as operating system now. How can I install Unix on my mc and have windows as operating also?
If you're primarily interesting in learing shell scripting, another option is to install cygwin. Cygwin provides many Unix features within a Windows framework, so you don't even have to reboot - you can run bash scripts and most of the Unix command-line utilities direct from a cygwin console window. You can even start up a copy of X windows!
It's OK for a lot of stuff, though you have to pay attention to some of its funny handling of filename components and stuff, since "\" and ":" and "/" and ";" have somewhat different meanings under Windows and Unix, and Cygwin has to make some compromises. Also "C:\" is "/cygdrive/c/".
I would encourage installing ubuntu, which is a very differnt feeling than cygwin with all your antivirus running. This bash-scripting guide is pretty exhaustive: http://tldp.org/LDP/abs/html/ but I don't know your book - perhaps it's better, perhaps not.