Best Linux Books for Beginners 2019

(Last Updated On: March 4, 2019)


Every system Administrator remembers the allure, the frustration and the fun that came with those early days of grappling, messing and rebuilding of their Linux Boxes when the interest arrested them. That exploratory journey of pits and falls enhanced their learning and made them who they are today. For the ones who have that similar calling and irresistible urge to know what goes on in the world of Linux and Administration in general, this article tries to shed some light by exposing some Top Linux Books for Beginners that will really be of help to you. Welcome to the sect.

“From what we get in life, we make a living. From what we give, we make a life.”
– Arthur Ashe

The following are top books that you can check out as you venture into sharpening your skills through acquisition of knowledge

1. Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible, 3rd Edition

This book by Richard Blum serves as a basic and very essential Linux resource that will guide you with plenty of examples. Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible goes right away into the fundamentals of the command line, introduces you to bash scripting which will be very important in your day to day Linux administration and goes an extra mile by providing detailed examples. The third edition being the latest release, it has new updated content and examples aligned with the latest Linux features.

What is attractive about this resource is how the author has gone out of the way to provide sound tutorials that you can easily follow through and actually understand. The examples are apt and relevant. With patience and hard work, this can serve your curious appetite with bliss. Check it out on Amazon:

Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting Bible, 3rd Edition

2. Linux: The Complete Reference, Sixth Edition

Richard Petersen, a Linux Expert has once again relaeased this book that gives the reader an in-depth coverage of all Linux features. As a beginner, you will have the advantage of having a throrough coverage of all aspects of Linux distributions rangng from shells, desktops, deployment of servers, management of applications, understanding security and a good grounding of basic network administration.

Linux: The Complete Reference is the ultimate guide where you will have the chance to learn how to:

  • Administer any Linux distribution by installing and configuring them
  • File and directory administration/manipulation from the BASH, TCSH, and Z shells
  • Understand and use various desktop environments such as GNOME and KDE desktops, X Windows, and display managers
  • Understand how to install essential applications such as office, database, connection to the Internet, and manage multimedia applications
  • Have a good coverage of security by learning SELinux, netfilter, SSH, and Kerberos
  • Get a good grounding of encryption such as encrypting network transmissions with GPG, LUKS, and IPsec
  • Acquire skills of deploying FTP, Web, mail, proxy, print, news, and database servers and many more.

Check it out on Amazon using the link below.

Linux: The Complete Reference, Sixth Edition

3. Introduction to Linux: A Hands on Guide

It can be daunting and confusing when you have installed a Linux distribution for the first time and you wonder where to go from there. With a through and simple guide such as this one that takes you all the way from the history of Linux to the very basic navigation of Linux distributions.

This guide by Machtelt Garrels has been crafted for the total beginner. With the many scattered resources across the web, this resource takes the responsibility of giving a comprehensive overview of the Linux Operating System. There are many exercises at the end of each chapter to keep you challenged and motivated. It also serves as an easy to use reference for the advanced users. This is an excellent foundation builder as you proceed to deeper concepts of Linux and Network administration.

Some of the stuff you will learn include:

  • Installing software, and package management.
  • Initial setups
  • Command Line Interface
  • Files management, and necessary Linux commands
  • Linux files system and partitioning
  • Desktop environment, Graphical User interface,
  • Shell Script, and setup
  • X window system and configuration and fonts set up

The link to Amazon is below.

Introduction to Linux: A Hands-On Guide

4. Linux for Beginners: An Introduction to the Linux Operating System and Command Line

Beginning anything in life is always marred with myriad of hurdles and unprecedented impediments. When it comes to learning a new skill, the same applies especially when it comes to system administration and Learning Linux from scratch. Thanks to Jason Cannon for authoring Linux for Beginners that makes absolutely no assumption about the reader’s background. It therefore holds the learner’s hand from the very beginning and walks them all the way to a comfortable place of expertise. You will get to learn stuff like:

  • What a Linux distribution with the variety there is out there
  • Screenshots of how to connect to Linux from Mac and Windows computers
  • Basics of remote login technologies such as SSH and how to use it.
  • How the Linux File system is designed
  • Where to find programs, configurations, and documentation.
  • Most used Linux basic commands
  • File and directory manipulation
  • Text editing.
  • Permissions of files and directories including how they work.
  • How to use the nano, vi, and emacs editors.
  • How to compare the contents of files and much much more.
  • Check it out on Amazon:

Linux for Beginners: An Introduction to the Linux Operating System and Command Line

5. Linux Bible 8th Edition

Brought to you by veteran bestselling author Christopher Negus and Christine Bresnahan (contributor), Linux Bible brings to you a complete tutorial packed with major updates, revisions, and hands-on exercises so that you can confidently start using Linux today. There are exercises in abundance aimed to make your learning interesting and hence enable it as a better learning tool. Moreover, Linux Bible places an emphasis on the Linux command line tools and can be used with all distributions and versions of Linux.

Check it out on Amazon: Linux Bible 8th Edition

6. Linux Essentials, Second Edition

Authored by Christine Bresnahan (Author) and Richard Blum (Contributor) Linux Essentials has a professional approach that aims at developing one for Linux Administration profession as well as passing the Linux Essentials exam.

It has hands-on tutorials and learning-by-doing style of learning that equip you with a solid foundation as well giving you the confidence to pass the Linux Essentials Exam. For the beginners with a keen interest in joining the IT industry as a professional, this book is highly recommended.

You can check the reviews at Amazon: Linux Essentials, Second Edition

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