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Best book on Unix / Linux

Bora Sabrioglu
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Joined: Nov 19, 2012
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Hi there,

what't the BEST book for learning Unix / Linux?

I mean the equivalent like what is K&R for C, Stroustrup for C++ or the JLS (Gosling) for learning Java, Aho/Ullmann for Compilers (dragon book), Hennessy/Patternson for Computer architecture, Tanenbaum for Operating systems ... , i mean THE book of Unix / Linux.

Since the best books for a certain language / technology are always from the inventors of it and neither Ken Thompson nor Linus Torvalds have written books about Unix or Linux, this is going to be a tough one i guess...

I'm asking since I don't have the time to read more than one book for a certain topic. I like to have consice information. That's why I think for example that the C-book of K&R is still the best book on C out there. It's not even 300 pages long but it contains everything you need to know.

I read only one book and thats why this one book has to be the best book. (and not one of these 1000-page doorstoppers if possible)

Thanks in advance.
Joe Ess

Joined: Oct 29, 2001
Posts: 9190

I don't think there is one. We have a couple of links in our Linux/Unix FAQ, but it really depends on which flavor of Unix you want to use and what you want to use it for. For example, if you just want basic user tasks (set up, maintain, install software), you could probably get away with the Ubuntu Guide. If you want to set up and maintain a production LAMP server, one book probably will not cover each subject in-depth enough.

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