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Linux, beanbag - John C. Kirk

Mar. 24th, 2008

01:35 am - Linux, beanbag

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From:pozorvlak
Date:March 24th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
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Bits that are Red Hat-specific will be out of date. Bits that talk about graphical applications may well be out of date, but probably not seriously so. Stuff that deals with the packaging system will be applicable to any other RPM-based distro; there are now easier ways of doing that stuff, though (using yum), and why would you want to use an RPM distro anyway? :-)

Anything involving the underlying Unix system, or classic Unix apps like Emacs, vi, Perl, sed, troff etc will still be useful. *nix systems evolve in two ways: the outer layers of the system change in discoverable ways, and the internals change in largely invisible ways. The basic structure and core concepts change very slowly, and the constant turnover of the Windows world is alien to us. My Dad has a Unix book by Steve Bourne (of Bourne shell fame) from the seventies, almost all of which is still relevant to modern Linux distros.

As for distros, I (and many others) like Ubuntu, which is very easy to set up and administer, and seems to have momentum behind it. The choice of distro isn't all that important, though.
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From:johnckirk
Date:March 24th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
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My Dad has a Unix book by Steve Bourne (of Bourne shell fame) from the seventies, almost all of which is still relevant to modern Linux distros.

"The Unix System V Environment"? I've got a copy of that here (from when I was an undergrad), so it's nice to know that's still useful.
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From:pozorvlak
Date:March 24th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
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I think it was just called "The Unix System". But yours will still have a lot of good stuff in, I'm sure.
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