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The Linux Command Line by William E. Shotts Jr.

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Prerequisites

To use this book, all you will need is a working Linux installation. You can get this in one of two ways:

  • Install Linux on a (not so new) computer. It doesn’t matter which distribution you choose, though most people today start out with Ubuntu, Fedora, or OpenSUSE. If in doubt, try Ubuntu first. Installing a modern Linux distribution can be ridiculously easy or ridiculously difficult, depending on your hardware. I suggest a desktop computer that is a couple of years old and has at least 256MB of RAM and 6GB of free hard disk space. Avoid laptops and wireless networks if at all possible, as these are often more difficult to get working.

  • Use a live CD. One of the cool things you can do with many Linux distributions is run them directly ...

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