Recommended Reading

There is a wealth of information available on Linux in printed form.

Not only are there a substantial number of books written that address Linux specifically, but because of it's close ties to UNIX a great deal of the information published concerning UNIX is applicable to Linux also. The titles below are GNHLUG's own member's recommendations, divided by category and with a brief description of each.

General Infomation

Running Linux 2nd Edition
by Matt Welsh & Lar Kaufman Published by: O'Reilly & Assc., 1996 ISBN: 1-56592-151-8

O'Reilly and Associates are widely regarded as the best publisher of UNIX and Linux related books on the market today. Running Linux is generally regarded as the universal "must-have" when it comes to Linux related tomes. Although a bit out of date, reflecting it's 1996 publishing date and the rapidly changing nature of Linux, Running Linux provides an extremely solid foundation of information in an informative and non-threatening manner. Not specific to any distribution, Running Linux is a book that you will probably find yourself returning to again and again.

Linux Companion: The Essential Guide for Users and System Administrators
by Mark F. Komarinski Published by: Prentice Hall Computer Books, 1996 ISBN: 0132318385

This book is particularly good for DOS users who would like to make the move to Linux. This text covers a multitude of commands and relates them to their DOS counterparts. It also explains tasks such as system administration and connecting to the Internet.

A Practical Guide to Linux
by Mark G. Sobell Published by: Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1997 ISBN: 0201895498

This popular book features a forward by Linus Torvalds himself. It covers all the basics of how to use Linux and does so in an interesting manner. The book uses "Caution" and "Optional" subsections interspersed throughout the chapters that relay extra information quickly and clearly. The "Caution" sections are just that,reminders of what NOT to do, relating to the subject at hand. The "Optional" sections are for people who would like to work a little more in depth, as opposed to learning "just enough to get by". The last section of this book is a reference for the most widely used Linux commands, including the proper syntax and the various command line switches.

Installation and Setup

Linux Configuration and Installation (3rd Edition)
by Patrick Volkerding, Kevin Reichard and Eric F. Johnson Published by: IDG Books Worldwide, 1997 ISBN: 1558285660

Patrick Volkerding is the creator and principle maintainer of Slackware Linux, a popular distribution. The authors cover installation and configuration of Linux in depth, more so than many other tomes. Some caution must be used though, because many people new to Linux/UNIX find the book a bit intimidating at first. Nonetheless,it remains a useful, informative publication.

System Administration

Essential System Administration : Help for Unix System Administrators
by Aeleen Frisch Published by: O'Reilly & Associates, 1996 ISBN: 1565921275

Highly recommended, as are many other O'Reilly books. It covers day-to-day tasks that systems administrators can expect to be faced with. This book is especially useful for those running multiple "flavors" of UNIX, as it covers SunOS, Solaris, AIX, Linux, Digital UNIX, OSF/1, SCO UNIX, HP/UX, and IRIX. The extensive "hands-on" examples have been tested on all the platforms covered. It also offers some advice on system administration strategies and procedures.

Unix System Administration Handbook
by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Scott Seebass, Trent R. Hein Published by: Prentice Hall, 1995 ISBN: 0131510517

This is a book written BY system administrators. It covers the day-to-day stuff, and hardware too. Contains many humurous illustrations and a wealth of practical advice and information. Covers multiple versions of UNIX specifically. Also contains an appendix detailing real world problems and cases that really happened and the solutions to them.


Beginning Linux Programming
by Neil Matthew and Richard Stones Published by:Wrox Press Inc, 1996 ISBN: 1874416680

An excellent book both for those new to C and those with some knowledge of C on other platforms. It covers Linux programming in a clear, concise manner that will have you up and running quickly. Topics include sockets, database structures, inter-process communication and more. It also touches on other development systems such as Tcl/Tk, Java, and CGI.

The UNIX Programming Environment
by Brian W. Kernighan, Robert Pike Published by: Prentice Hall, 1984 ISBN: 013937681X

Brian Kernighan is one of the original developers of the C programming language and knows programming for UNIX. This book covers the UNIX®programming environment and philosophy in detail. It provides an understanding not only of how to use the system, its components, and the programs, but also how these fit into the total environment. Highly recommended.

Command Reference

Linux in a Nutshell
by Jessica Perry Hekman and Andy Oram Published by: O'Reilly & Assc., 1997 ISBN: 1565921674

Possibly the seminal reference book for Linux users and administrators. Not a tutorial, but a very complete index and explanation of the commands available on the typical Linux system. It also covers various GNU tools. This is one you're likely to find yourself reaching for again and again.

Compiled by Chad Henry