[Alug] Beginner Reading List

David Freeman david_freeman at rocketmail.com
Tue May 29 13:15:10 BST 2001


Please, it wasn't a flame, it was just a small rant aimed at noone in
particular, I was only Identify a weekness in the documentation of

As for books, the unix programming environment by Kenrighan is worth a
read as are

TCP/IP network Admin  - Lots of info on configuring networks for unix
Unix in a nutshell    - Explains all th commands
A book on PC hardware - useful for understanding how the hardware works
programming with GNu software - good for working out why ./configure,
make make install has failed.

Any more I think of I'll mail you.



"A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power
off and on. 

Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: "You cannot
fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no
understanding of what is going wrong." 

Knight turned the machine off and on. 

the machine worked."

--- Jenny_Hopkins at toby-churchill.com wrote:
> Go on then!  After last night's flame, I thought you could all
> recommend me
> good books to read to tell me how basic things work.  I'll then
> compile a
> little list and we could have it on the homepage for other beginners
> to
> consult.
> Next thing you know I'll run out of questions to ask and will be
> completely
> brilliant.
> I've got O'Reilly Running Linux.
> Any others?
> (Writing Linux Devices Drivers sounds well heavy stuff, David, and
> may well
> go above a newbie's head?)
> Jen.

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