Lynn.Danielson at clue.denver.co.us
Fri Nov 24 18:26:57 MST 2000
Dennis J Perkins wrote:
> Lynn Danielson wrote:
> > > Linux Complete Reference HOWTOs and FAQs
> > > Linux Advanced Reference more of the above
> > Dennis, how up to date are these books? I see that they
> > were published October, 1999. ... Is there more to these
> > books than a reprinting of HowTos and FAQs?
> At one time I think they were published twice a year. I don't
> think they contain anything more than HowTos and FAQs, ... it's
> a lot more compact than printing out even a fraction of the HowTos.
As much as I prefer the printed word I think I'll stick to the on-line
versions of the FAQs & HOW-TOs. They change too quickly. If the
material was current and I knew that a decent portion of the eighty
bucks was going to go back to the authors, I might consider the
purchase worthwhile. Would you mind checking your copies to see if
any mention is made about a portion of the profits compensating the
authors or the LDP?
> > > Linux kernel books
Thanks for your comments, Dennis.
> > Would you recommend these over the K&R books and the
> > C Standard Library Reference?
> ... I would recommend the GNU C Library books over the
> C Standard Library Reference because Linux uses the GNU
> C library. GNU does have function calls that aren't
> part of the standard ... I could bring the GNU books to
> the next meeting if you want to compare them.
Please do. Come to think of it shrink-wrapping is another
reason I haven't purchased GNU books. I know they're not
all shrink-wrapped, but some are.
> The latest editions are better looking than their predecessors.
> Some of them were sprial-bound!
Not even spiral-bound, I can't remember the name for it, but it's
a plastic claw binding. You're right though. I was as Softpro
this afternoon and the GNU books are looking much better. The
type print was fine and most were perfect bound.
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