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Free Linux Books — Linux on the Desktop

The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use
The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use This book takes a different approach than most books. It presents “recipes” for preparing or accomplishing a specific task. It is a hands-on guide to getting things done on a Linux system. Shows everyday users how to use Linux tools and applications to get everyday things done such as viewing text and images, playing and recording audio, performing mathematic operations, printing, formatting text, accessing the Internet, checking grammar, etc.

Designed for the everyday user who is not necessarily a computer programmer.

Newer version available for purchase at amazon.com
Linux in the Workplace
Linux in the Workplace From the book's intro: “This book is different in that we assume you don’t want to install Linux, don#146;t want to learn how to be a system administrator, and aren’t concerned with doing some of the more complicated tasks. We assume you already have a working Linux system on your desk and need to use it to get your work done. That work probably involves email, the Web, working with documents, and performing general office tasks. Additionally, we assume that, in most cases, you will want to use the KDE graphical user interface (GUI) that comes with Linux to perform these tasks. (Of course, once you become proficient at all these tasks, you may want to learn what the command line is and how to do some tasks more efficiently from it.”

Available for purchase at amazon.com
The Easiest Linux Guide You’ll Ever Read — an Introduction to Linux for Windows Users (PDF)
This book is geared towards Windows users who want to take a look at Linux on their desktop computer. Provides a gentle introduction into using Linux, and help easing into it. No technical skills required.
Linux From Scratch
Linux From Scratch How to build a Linux system from scratch. Benefits of building LFS vs. just downloading an existing Linux distribution:
  • LFS teaches people how a Linux system works internally, how things work together and depend on each other and how to customize it to your own tastes and needs
  • Building LFS produces a very compact Linux system
  • LFS is extremely flexible
  • LFS offers you added security

Older version available for purchase at amazon.com
Beyond Linux from Scratch
Follows on the Linux From Scratch book (item above). Introduces and guides the reader through additions to the system including networking, X support, sound support, printer support and scanner support.

Mainly aimed at those who have built a system based on the LFS book. It will also be useful for those who are using other distributions, but for one reason or another want to manually build software and are in need of some assistance. Can be used to create a range of diverse systems and so the target audience is probably nearly as wide as that of the LFS book. If you found LFS useful, you should also like this.
Brian and Tom’s Linux Book
Published in 2001, this book is written to help every Linux user, from the newbie who’s just getting started, to someone who’s been around the block once or twice and wants to have a handy broad reference to all the capabilities of this solid distribution. Included in this title are all of the tips, tricks, shortcuts, and hidden features that we’ve come across in our extensive travels with Linux in general, and especially as they apply to OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4.
  • Linux introduction and and installation
  • Linux GUI: the KDE desktop environment
  • Basic Linux Command Line including utilities, text editors, programs, tools, writing scripts using many of the popular environments, including Bash and Perl
  • System Security
  • Working with the Linux Server including Sendmail, Apache, and Samba
Introduction to Linux — A Hands On Guide
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide An overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples.

Additional file formats of this book:     PDF     txt.gz

Available for purchase at amazon.com
Linux Newbie Administrator Guide
A complete reference for new Linux users who wish to set up and administer their own Linux home computer, workstation and/or their home or small office network. It is meant to be simple, with just sufficient detail, and always supported with a readily usable example. The topic ranges from Linux installation to some more advanced and useful commands and tools.
Ubuntu Linux Essentials
Essential knowledge required to use and maintain an Ubuntu Linux system. From the basics of installing, configuring the desktop and implementing wireless networking to tasks such as configuring firewalls, setting up a web server and providing remote desktop access via an SSH tunnel, A step by step approach to installing, using and administering Ubuntu Linux.
Linuxtopia Technical Library
This site has lots of free Linux books. Nice that they are even grouped by category:
  • Linux for Beginners  (10 books) including “GNU/Linux Command-Line Tools Guide, ” “Ubuntu Linux Starter Guide,” “Introduction to Linux” and others.
  • General Linux System Administration  (5 books) including “The Linux Printing How-To” and others
  • Linux Installation  (7 books)
  • Linux Tools & Utilities  (5 books)
Free for All: How Linux and the Free Software Movement Undercut the High-Tech Titans
Free for All The story of how Linux and the free software movement undercut the high-tech titans by writing their own software and giving it away. This book covers the ups and downs, failures and successes, the struggles and teamwork.

Available for purchase at amazon.com

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