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Useful Linux and Unix books

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General Linux

  • "Linux in a Nutshell" by Ellen Siever, Jessica P. Hackman, Stephen SPainhour, Stephen Figgins, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 0596000251
  • "Running Linux" by Matt Welsh, Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, Lar Kaufman, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 156592469X
  • "Linux Unleashed" by Tim Parker, Bill Ball, David Pitts, Sams, ISBN 0672316889
  • "When You Can't Find Your System Administrator" by Linda Mui, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565921046


  • "Learning the Vi Editor" by Linda Lamb and Arnold Robbins, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565924266
  • "GNU Emacs Manual" by Richard M.Stallman, iUniverse.Com Inc., ISBN 0595100333
  • "Learning GNU Emacs" by Debra Cameron, Bill Rosenblatt and Eric Raymond, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565921526
  • "Perl Cookbook" by Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565922433


  • "Unix Shell Programming" by Stephen G.Kochan and Patrick H.Wood, Sams Publishing, ISBN 067248448X
  • "Learning the Bash Shell" by Cameron Newham and Bill Rosenblatt, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565923472
  • "The Complete Linux Shell Programming Training Course" by Ellie Quigley and Scott Hawkins, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN 0130406767
  • "Linux and Unix Shell Programming" by David Tansley, Addison Wesley Publishing Company, ISBN 0201674726
  • "Unix C Shell Field Guide" by Gail and Paul Anderson, Prentice Hall, ISBN 013937468X

X Windows

  • "Gnome User's Guide" by the Gnome Community, iUniverse.Com Inc., ISBN 0595132251
  • "KDE Bible" by Dave Nash, Hungry Minds Inc., ISBN 0764546929
  • "The Concise Guide to XFree86 for Linux" by Aron HSiao, Que, ISBN 0789721821
  • "The New XFree86" by Bill Ball, Prima Publishing, ISBN 0761531521
  • "Beginning GTK+ and Gnome" by Peter Wright, Wrox Press, ISBN 1861003811
  • "KDE 2.0 Development" by David Sweet and Matthias Ettrich, Sams Publishing, ISBN 0672318911 (better see the KDE web site for up to date info on KDE 3.0(.1)).
  • "GTK+/Gnome Application Development" by Havoc Pennington, New Riders Publishing, ISBN 0735700788

General Unix

  • "Unix Made Easy: the Basics and Beyond!" by John Muster, Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1996, ISBN 0078821738
  • "Unix in a Nutshell" by Arnold Robbins, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565924274
  • "Unix Powertools" by Jerry Peek, Tim O'Reilly and Mike Loukides, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565922603
  • "X Window System User's Guide" by Valerie Quercia and Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565920155


  • "DNS and BIND" by Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu, Mike Loukides and Deborah Russell, O'Reilly & Associates, ISBN 0596001584
  • "The Concise Guide to DNS and BIND" by Nicolai Langfeldt, Que, ISBN 0789722739
  • "Implementing LDAP" by Mark Wilcox, Wrox Press, ISBN 1861002211
  • "Understanding and deploying LDAP directory services" by Tim Howes and co., Sams, ISBN 0672323168
  • "Sendmail" by Brian Costales and Eric Allman, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 1565922220
  • "Removing the Spam : Email Processing and Filtering" by Geoff Mulligan, Addison Wesley Publishing Company, ISBN 0201379570
  • "Managing IMAP" by Dianna & Kevin Mullet, O'Reilly UK, ISBN 059600012X
  • "TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1 : The Protocols" by W. Richard Stevens, Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series, ISBN 0-201-63346-9

System Specific References


  • "The AIX Survival Guide" by Andreas Siegert, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0201593882


  • "True64 Unix File Systems" by Steve Hancock, Digital Press, ISBN 1555582273


  • "HP-UX 11.x System Administration Handbook and Toolkit" by Marty Poniatowsky, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0130125148


  • "Solaris 8: The Complete Reference" by Sriranga Veeraraghavan, Osborne MsGraw-Hill, ISBN 0072121432
  • "Solaris Solutions for System Administrators" by Sandra Henry-Stocker and Evan Marks, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0471348104
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