10 Free And Helpful Linux Books

Linux distros are known for their free availability so why pay for Linux books! Here we bring 10 amazing and helpful Linux guides for free! Start downloading!

One major reason behind people opting for Linux instead of the proprietary operating system is its free and open source availability, so we wonder when the platform is all about that, why should you pay for its referential documents? So here we bring to you 10 helpful books for Linux references and that too free!

Keeping your interest in mind, we have tried including a wide spectrum of subjects including general introduction, books on specific distribution, books for programmers as well as how to create a FOSS.

Here’s the list:

1. Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Author: Keir Thomas
Format: PDF
Pages: 152

This book is a concise companion for everyday Ubuntu use. It provides a good grounding in getting to grips with the Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10 distributions.


– Provides good grounding on Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10 distributions.
– Installing & Configuring Ubuntu
– Learning how to use the desktop covering logging in, layout, virtual desktops, and useful applications\
– Understanding how user accounts and the filesystem work
– Getting to grips with the command-line
– Software management including an overview of Synaptic, working with repositories, and a basic overview of compiling from source code
– Securing the system, including configuring a firewall, antivirus, and how to encrypt file and folders

Website: www.ubuntupocketguide.com

2. Two Bits

Author: Christopher M. Kelty
Format: PDF
Pages: 400


– The history and cultural significance of Free Software
– Geeks, Recursive Publics, Protestant Reformers, Polymaths, and Transhumanists
– Describes what Free Software is and where it came from, with five chapters detailing the historical narrative of a particular kind of practice: creating a movement, sharing source code, conceptualizing openness or open systems, writing copyright (and copyleft) licenses, and coordinating collaborations
– Modulations

Website: twobits.net

3. The Linux Starter Pack

Author: Future Publishing
Format: PDF
Pages: 130


– The Linux desktop including Compiz desktop effects
– OpenOffice.org Writer, Calc, Impress Base
– Photo editing
– Playing games
– Multimedia including using media codecs, media ripping, disc burning, creating disc inlays
– Internet: Surfing the web, instant messaging, BitTorrent downloads
– Adding software
– Software recommendations
– Printing documents
– Account management
– Security
– Glossary of technical terms

Website: www.tuxradar.com/linuxstarterpack 

4. Producing Open Source Software

Author: Karl Fogel
Format: PDF, XML, Single HTML page, Multiple HTML pages
Pages: 192


– General advice on starting a project: Choose a Good Name, Have a Clear Mission Statement, Make it clear the Project is Free, Scope the Project
– Technical Infrastucture such as Mailing Lists, Version Control, Bug tracking, Web site
– Social and Political Infrastructure
– How to bring funding into a free software environment
– The art of good communications
– Packaging, Releasing and Daily Development
– Managing Volunteers
– Licenses, Copyrights and Patents

Website: producingoss.com 

5. Bash Guide for Beginners

Author: Machtelt Garrels
Format: PDF, HTML
Pages: 165


– Bash scripts
– Writing and debugging scripts
– The bash environment: Shell initialization files, Variables, Quoting characters, Shell expansion, aliases
– Regular expressions
– sed stream editor
– awk programming language
– Conditional statements (if, if/then/else, if/then/elif/else, Nested if statements, Boolean operations)
– Writing interactive scripts
– Repetitive tasks
– Functions
– Catching signals

Website: tille.garrels.be/training/bash 

6. Put Yourself in Command: 

Author: Free Software Foundation
Format: PDF, Multi-page HTML
Pages: 136


– Basic commands, including sections on permissions, manipulating processes and redirection, Absolute and relative paths
– Globbing
– Auto completion
– Piping commands
– Command History
– Command & Parameter Substitution
– Customizations
– Installing Software
– Exploration of text editors including nano, vi, vim, emacs, kedit, kwrite, kate, and gedit
– Scripting
– Programming languages including Perl, Awk, Ruby, and Python
– Command Quick Reference

Website: en.flossmanuals.net/command-line/

7. The Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial

Author: James Mohr
Format: PDF
Pages: 614


– Linux basics
– Shells and Utilities
– Editing files
– Basic system administration
– X Windowing system
– Networking (TCP-IP, DHCP, NFS, Samba, Firewalls, Technologies)
– System Monitoring
– Solving Problems

Website: sourceforge.net/projects/linkbat

8. Linux Device Drivers, Third Edition: 

Author: Jonathan Corbet, Allesandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Format: PDF, HTML, DocBook
Pages: 615


– All significant changes to Version 2.6 of the Linux kernel
– Building and running modules
– Char drivers
– Debugging techniques
– Concurrency and Race conditions
– Time, Delays and Deferred Work
– Allocating Memory
– PCI & USB Drivers
– Memory Mapping and DMA
– Block & Network Drivers

Website: oreilly.com/catalog/9780596005900

9. LINUX: Rute User’s Tutorial and Exposition: 

Author: Paul Sheer
Format: PDF, HTML
Pages: 660


– Learn how to become a skilled Linux user
– Become proverbial with the command line
– Learn about core utilities like sed and useful related skills like C programming, shell scripting, and regular expression creation
– Coverage of server software including HTTPd, Sendmail, Exim, and PostgreSQL
– Basic system administration
– Advanced shell scripting
– Networking: IP, TCP, UDP, DNS and Name Resolution, NFS

Website: rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

10. The Easiest Linux Guide You’ll Ever Read: 

Author: Scott Morris
Format: PDF
Pages: 160


– How to get Linux
– Learn about the Desktop
– How to install applications
– The command line
– Explains where Linux is similar to Windows
– Explains the key differences between these two operating systems
– Dispels many myths about Linux

Website: www.math-linux.com 

Source:EFY news network


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