Debian book for complete newbie?
I may have my first opportunity in a long time to turn someone on to Free
I showed my brother in law my Slackware laptop, and he thought it was
pretty cool. I suggested I install Linux on his PC for him, and he wants
me to do that.
I've decided to install Woody. I use both Slackware and Debian, but I
think Bruce would get better support from the Debian community than the
Slackware one. I think once its installed, Debian's much easier to keep
maintained. Slackware never came up with any way to handle upgrading
either - Patrick Volkerding's recommendation is to wipe your partition and
reinstall from scratch!
I'm only going to be here for a month, and while I can do the installation
and teach Bruce the basics, I think it would be very helpful to get Bruce
a printed book. The online doc only works if you know enough about Linux
to find it and use the whatever tool is required to read it.
Bruce knows nothing about Linux or Unix. He's not a programmer. He's an
intelligent and curious fellow, and he can run a Windows machine. Is
there a book you would recommend I get him?
It would be helpful if it covered Woody and kernel 2.4. But mostly I want
something that will help him feel comfortable operating his machine, help
him do basic administration, learn to edit text files and help him find
more advanced documentation installed on his disk or on the Internet.
It would be OK if I had to get more than one book, but I don't want to
overwhelm him. Maybe I could get a book on Linux basics and another on
Debian administration, but I think he would find it least intimidating if
I could give him just one book to refer to.
Michael D. Crawford
GoingWare Inc. - Expert Software Development and Consulting
Tilting at Windmills for a Better Tomorrow.
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