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linux-penguinSo you have heard of all the advantages and geeky babble about how Linux is better and you have finally decided to try it?  Just one thing, you don’t know an awful lot about Linux to get you started. If you’ve already checked out our guide to Linux and still need more, how about some free ebooks to teach yourself Linux, that you can download today? Would that help?

Free – you ask? Yes, free. Welcome to the world of Linux where things are free both as in free speech and also as in free beer (mostly)!

If you are starting out on your journey towards Linux awesomeness, here are a few free downloadable ebooks to teach yourself Linux that should help you along nicely:

Getting Started Guide to Linux

MakeUseOf’s very own Newbie’s Guide to Linux, tells you how to choose a distribution and then teaches you how to perform a basic Linux install. You can then use the guide to familiarize yourself with the Linux desktop and some basic commands.

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Stefan did a great job in keeping it simple and to the point, the way beginners want it. Also don’t forget to check out our other MakeUseOf Manuals.

Introduction to Linux – A Hands on Guide

Takes you from the absolute basics to basics. This hands on guide tells you everything right from logging in, basic file management, backup techniques up to basics of networking. It is what you need if you are having difficulty figuring out how to get to that resume file you saved just now. The guide explains Linux file structure and introduces to basic commands and text editors as well.

GNU/Linux Command line tools Summary


One important aspect of working in Linux is that you have to familiar with the command line. This book shows you how to use the command line in Linux to your advantage. Apart from the ins and outs of the shell, this book also introduces various commands and the situations where you would use them. There are chapters that deal with specific tasks and list various commands you can use to achieve the task. If you can study online, there is another excellent manual you can refer to.

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference


Ubuntu is one of the most popular distributions, new users look up to when trying out Linux. If it is Ubuntu specific information that you are after then you should definitely check out Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. The guide takes you from installing and configuring Ubuntu to adding and managing software and securing your system. A must read book if you use Ubuntu.

Rute User’s Tutorial and Exposition


This one is not for the faint hearted! There is enough Linux juice in this book to keep even the intermediate to advanced users interested. The book begins humbly by presenting the basic commands and tools, however before you know it, you are learning everything from regular expressions to shell scripting to C programming to networking.

There is plenty of great material out there if you are trying to learn Linux, similar to these downloadable ebooks to teach yourself everything you ever wanted to know about Linux. If you have read a book or a tutorial that you found particularly useful, feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.

  1. kanth
    October 28, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Hi varun,
    I am begineer in linux I want to practice it's in windows. which linux is good to install in my pc
    plz mention link also

  2. Oscar J
    December 22, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    These books are great, but I think you have missed some of the best. For example Linux Bible. I have put together my own list of Linux books as well. You can find it here:
    Great post, thx :)

    February 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Thanks for the informative, yet free eBooks! These are great for beginners to even experienced users. I recommend everyone taking a peak at these.

  4. danny0085
    January 11, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Try this new books

  5. Dhiraj Saini
    August 20, 2009 at 9:23 am

    This is good

  6. Chris Chinchilla
    August 12, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Great post, putting a link up on my blog :-)

  7. jraz
    August 10, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing those are pretty cool.

  8. ap9ofj294e
    August 9, 2009 at 1:08 am

    bloggers are the white trash of the net. You are a bloated piece of shit.

  9. Linux Dude
    August 7, 2009 at 12:54 am

    Thanks for the wonderful list.

    Another great free eBook: LINUX 101 HACKS

  10. Arjun Pakrashi
    August 6, 2009 at 6:04 am

    Good for beginning

  11. Chad
    August 5, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    This one is easily my favorite for the basics

  12. Van
    August 4, 2009 at 4:38 am

    Thank for sharing!

  13. pedro
    August 4, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Excellent. We will need this type of information to advance in our learning process.

  14. exn
    August 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Thank you MrSelf for mirroring of ebook !

  15. robb
    August 2, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    newbie's book is a must read.
    i've read that one.
    thx for sharing.

  16. Jeff
    August 1, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Good article, but please, Varun, don't abuse the question mark! It's painful to read statements that end with a question mark but aren't questions. Are you asking a question? Ask it then! Don't be coy or clever with the intent of your statement. Good grammar should be the standard, not the exception!

    Your article is a wonderful map for the Linux noob. Good job!

  17. MrSelf
    August 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Thank you Varun!

    If anybody is having trouble with the download link for "LINUX: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition",

  18. MrSelf
    August 1, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    The download link for "LINUX: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition" did not work for me. But I found this one.

    Thank you soo much for recommending these books. Perfect timing for me.

  19. adrian
    August 1, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Thanks, these should be useful since I just installed Ubuntu!

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