Best Linux Books


On this page you will find the best Linux books available today. If you are a developer chances are that you have encountered Linux in your work. Linux is a UNIX based operating system that is wildly used in software development. Many developers prefer Linux as their main operating system. Even if you like me use OS or Windows when working, knowledge about Linux is very valuable.

In cloud computing Linux is the most used operating system for your environments. So if your application uses for example a database hosted on a different server that server often uses Linux as its operating system.

If you want a fast way to learn Linux you can check out How I learned Linux in one month.

Best Linux books – Linux bible

If you only want one book you need something that covers a lot of ground. It should teach you the command line, how Linux works and how to use it properly. It is also good if it can be used as a reference that you can go back to when needed.

If this is the case I would recommend Linux Bible, by Christopher Negus. This is the Linux book I used when I started out. It covers everything you need to go from beginner to professional and gives you a solid foundation of knowledge. Christopher Negus is great at giving detailed explanations. To make the most out of this books you should have a Linux system on your computer. You will learn how to fix that as well.

Best Linux books - Linux Bible

Best Linux books – how it works

When dealing with something highly technical such as operating systems it is important to understand how it works. If you can build a solid foundation of knowledge you are on your way to mastery. Spending the extra time to learn will pay off.

The best technical linux book I have read is How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know,  by Brian Ward. As a system administrator you get an understanding that will minimize the risk of you doing something wrong.

Best Linux books - how it works

Best Linux books – command line

Using Linux with a graphical interface is just wrong. Everything will take longer and loose out on what Linux is really about. Mastering the command line is what makes you good. The command line is your tool. You will use it for everything.

There are two books about the command line that I really like. I only want to pick one so it’s easy for you to start learning. My number one choice is The Linux Command Line: A Complete Introduction, by William E. Shotts Jr. It is well written and fun to read. I strongly recommend it.

Best Linux books - command line

Best Linux books – beginner

Since Linux is highly technical it can be hard for a beginner to learn. To make it easier you need a good teacher. What a good teacher can do is explain very difficult concept in an easy way.

Jason Cannon is one of the best teachers I have come across. I started learning Linux from video tutorials created by him. His book Linux for Beginners: An Introduction to the Linux Operating System and Command Line, by Jason Cannon is very good if you are just starting out.

Best Linux books - beginner

Last words of guidance

As a software developer knowing Linux is very valuable. There is a new type of job called DevOps. A DevOps work with both programming and system administration. At the moment that is what I work as.

If you decide to learn Linux I promise that it will be time well spend.

Good Luck!