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Recommend me a good Unix book.

post #1 of 10
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I want to learn Unix, so I'm looking for some good book recommendations. I want something that starts with the basics and gets fairly in depth, unless that requires 2 books, which is ok too.

Give me some good ones! Thanks.
post #2 of 10
Is it all text type Unix or Linux?
I assume it is good old text type Unix, and... let me recall... I used to read a book from O'relly. Can not remember exact title though, Tech books from O'relly are usually quite good, covers basics and depth at the same time. I am sure someone else will recommand you a nice book or two, but I want you to check those books from that company in your local bookstore and see for yourself if its for you or not. Good luck with that.
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Text only for now please. I'll check into O'Relly.

Edit: O'Relly didn't get me very far, but O'Reilly has a nice Unix collection!
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Sorry, couldn't resist.

That's all I got. Sorry I couldn't help.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by AuroraProject View Post
Text only for now please. I'll check into O'Relly.

Edit: O'Relly didn't get me very far, but O'Reilly has a nice Unix collection!
+1 I've always looked for O'Reilly books for Unix/Linux, Networking, Programing books.
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Originally Posted by lmilhan View Post


Sorry, couldn't resist.

That's all I got. Sorry I couldn't help.

LOL!
post #7 of 10
Believe it or not, the "UNIX for Dummies" book is actually pretty good. The UNIX book I wish I had when I was starting out is "The UNIX Programming Environment" by Kernighan & Pike.
post #8 of 10
I learned UNIX by getting Linux, a "linux bible" and trying to make it work. At the time there was an O'Reilly book called Learning Red Hat Linux that helped a lot too.

Google "linux how-to" and you'll find articles on how to do damn-near everything on linux.

GAD
post #9 of 10

Here are some ....

I like the following books about Unix (or Solaris):

For beginners: Sobel: UNIX or Sobel: UNIX System V

For those who know some Unix: O'Reilly

For those who know Unix and the C language: Kernighan <== !!!



P.S.
Many books on Unix, C, C++, Java, etc. are just trash and should never be published!
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Believe it or not, the "UNIX for Dummies" book is actually pretty good. The UNIX book I wish I had when I was starting out is "The UNIX Programming Environment" by Kernighan & Pike.
x2 on the UNIX for Dummies. It's the only tech book that I didn't want to put down. It's incredibly funny. It's a good intro. It's what I started with. It's a decent reference for the basic stuff, and the first place I look for answers. Unfortunately, I don't always find the answer in it. My other Unix books are at work, so I don't know off the top of my head which ones I have. I think I have a O'Reily Nutshell book, but I could be wrong. The other books I have, you need to know what you're looking for to find it, which is not great for me since I'm only an occasional user of Unix.

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Originally Posted by GAD View Post
I learned UNIX by getting Linux, a "linux bible" and trying to make it work. At the time there was an O'Reilly book called Learning Red Hat Linux that helped a lot too.

Google "linux how-to" and you'll find articles on how to do damn-near everything on linux.

GAD
The first time I encountered Unix was in the early 80s. The next time, I tried the method suggested by GAD. At the time, Borders had 3 Linux books. I picked a SAMMS book if I recall correctly. I think the author or editor used Word to write the book, or at least some word processor that had auto correct turned on. If a command started a sentence, it was capitalized. as well as things like misspelled commands being added to the dictionary. I spent a very frustrating 2 weeks trying to get it to work. I got the basic command line up pretty quick, but X was pretty bad.

It should be a lot easier now. It would be a lot easier for me now since I work with a lot of Unix geeks. Then, I was the senior Unix geek with all of 4 months experience on workstations doing word processing with nroff.
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