Unlike, say, Windows, Linux practically begs you to understand it. Nothing’s hidden, and -- let’s face it -- if you don’t understand something about the underpinnings, you’ll struggle. That’s why you should read How Linux Works.
This isn’t just a laundry list of features and commands, sprinkled with handwaving about how easy Linux is. It’s a primer on first principles. How the filesystem is organized (so you can actually find stuff). How Linux boots (so you can figure things out if there’s trouble). How to compile programs from source or build your own kernel (because one day you just might have to). What those essential system files do. What your user environment is. Seems like some folks were born knowing this stuff. If you weren’t, this book’s for you. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.