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1.10. Sources of Linux Information

As you have probably guessed, there are many sources of information about Linux available apart from this book.

1.10.2. Books and Other Published Works

The bibliography at the end of this book points you to a wealth of sources that will help you use your system. There are a number of published works specifically about Linux. Most noteworthy are the books from the Linux Documentation Project (LDP), a project carried out over the Internet to write and distribute a bona fide set of "manuals" for Linux. These manuals are analogs to the documentation sets available with commercial versions of Unix: they cover everything from installing Linux to using and running the system, programming, networking, kernel development, and more.

The Linux Documentation Project manuals are available via the Web, as well as via mail order from several sources. The Bibliography lists the manuals that are available and covers the means of obtaining them in detail. O'Reilly & Associates has published the Linux Network Administrator's Guide from the LDP.

Aside from the growing number of Linux books, there are a large number of books about Unix in general that are certainly applicable to Linux--as far as using and programming the system is concerned, Linux doesn't differ greatly from other implementations of Unix in most respects. In fact, this book is meant to be complemented by the large library of Unix books currently available; here, we present the most important Linux-specific details and hope you will look to other sources for more in-depth information.

Armed with a number of good books about using Unix, as well as the book you hold in your hands, you should be able to tackle just about anything. The Bibliography includes a list of highly recommended Unix books, for Unix newcomers and wizards alike.

There are at least two monthly magazines about Linux: Linux Journal and Linux Magazine. These are an excellent way to keep in touch with the many goings-on in the Linux community.

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