I don't recommend any books on Linux. The best information you will find is freely available online. You are better off to be distribution specific if you buy a book or seek information online though, because not all of them are implemented the same and generic information you'll find isn't all applicable for you, and you may waste considerable time not realizing that. Generic Linux information is more useful when you already have a firm grasp. Google is a very useful tool in addition to collections of links, like the site Slohands posted. Google even has a specific search for Linux information: http://www.google.com/linux
If you're going to purchase a Linux book though, ensure that it's written by the authors of the distribution or software. If anyone deserves to make money it is those that actually did the work.
>>>(1) can you run linux with w2k & win '98 as programs inside of linux..
When you get GNU/Linux up and running, and use it for awhile, you will one day discover that you don't want windoze anything running in Linux.
But you will have to use Linux for awhile to really understand this.
Or to put this another way, why would you want to run a bug infested, virus friendly, BSOD, application designed by negligent engineers, and constantly under attack (Code Red, Lion, NIMDA, etc) on the internet, in a well behaved, stable Linux enviroment?
Thanks for the link SloHands, looks decent to me.
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