By Allen B. Downey (PDF, Postscript, LaTeX, HTML, EPUB; 234 pages)
Think Python is a concise and gentle introduction to software design using the Python programming language. Intended for would-be developers with no programming experience, this book starts with the most basic concepts and gradually adds new material at a pace that is comfortable to the reader.
This book providing a wealth of information on:
- Variables, expressions and statements
- Conditionals and recursion
- Fruitful functions
- Tuples – ordered list of elements
- Classes and objects / Classes and functions / Classes and methods
- Case studies on interface design, word play, data structure selection, and Tkinter
By Paul Cobbaut (PDF; 740 pages)
Linux Fun: All the Linux basics is targeted at novice Linux system administrators (and may also help home users). This book is not meant as an introduction to Linux desktop applications like text editors, browsers, mail clients, multimedia or office applications.
This book has chapters on:
- The command line
- Shell expansion
- Pipes and commands
- vi editor
- Local user management
- File security
- Process, disk, boot, system, network, kernel, and backup management
- Introduction to Samba
- DNS, DHCP servers
- Iptables firewall
- Apache and Squid
- IPv6 – directs internet traffic
By Greg Kroah-Hartman (PDF, DocBook; 202 pages)
Linux Kernel in a Nutshell is a comprehensive overview of kernel configuration and building, a critical task for Linux users and administrators.
This book covers the entire range of kernel tasks, starting with downloading the source and making sure that the kernel is in sync with the versions of the tools you need. It is current as of the 2.6.18 kernel release.
The book is divided into the following parts:
- Requirements to build and use the kernel, retrieving the kernel source
- Configuring and building the kernel
- Installing and booting from a kernel
- Updating a kernel
- Customizing a kernel
- Kernel configuration recipes: Disks, Devices, CPU, Networking, Filesystems, Security, Kernel debugging
- Kernel boot and build command line reference
By FLOSS Manuals (PDF, EPUB; 125 pages)
Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser developed for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux coordinated by Mozilla Corporation and Mozilla Foundation.
Topics covered include:
- Overview of the interface
- Using the location bar
- Navigating web pages
- Bookmarking sites
- Live bookmarks
- Organizing bookmarks
- Searching the web
- Configuring Firefox including the way it looks
- Using tabbed browsing
- Downloading files
- Customizing toolbars
- Add-ons and plugins
- Using forms on the web
- Internet security, privacy
- Where to get support
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