Free E-Book To Learn Linux

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Learn Linux in 5 Days


If you want to learn how to use Linux and level up your career but are pressed for time, read on.

In this eBook, you will learn the most important concepts and commands, and be guided step-by-step through several practical and real-world examples. As new concepts, commands, or jargon are encountered they are explained in plain language, making it easy to understand. The most important material is condensed into five sections, each designed to be consumed in a day.

Here is what you will learn:

  • How to gain access to a Linux server and what Linux distribution is
  • What software is needed and what SSH is
  • The file system layout of Linux systems and where to find programs, configurations, and documentation
  • Basic Linux commands you’ll use the most often
  • And much, much more

If you feel like you don’t have enough time and you’re not sure where to start, this resource will help relieve your frustration and guide you toward the answers you need.

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Books to Learn Linux for Free

 Books to Learn Linux

Learn Linux

There are many ways to learn Linux and in this article I will introduce some free books and a video course.

I found an interesting article recently on the It’s Foss website about books to learn Linux and I have re-published it below for your convenience.


20+ Free Books To Learn Linux For Free

How to learn Linux?

This is perhaps the most commonly asked question in our Facebook group for Linux users.

The answer to this simple looking question ‘how to learn Linux’ is not at all simple.

Problem is that different people have different meanings of learning Linux.

  • If someone has never used Linux, be it command line or desktop version, that person might be just wondering to know more about it.
  • If someone uses Windows as the desktop but have to use Linux command line at work, that person might be interested in learning Linux commands.
  • If someone has been using Linux for sometimes and is aware of the basics but he/she might want to go to the next level.
  • If someone is just interested in getting your way around a specific Linux distribution.
  • If someone is trying to improve or learn Bash scripting which is almost synonymous with Linux command line.
  • If someone is willing to make a career as a Linux SysAdmin or trying to improve his/her sysadmin skills.

You see, the answer to “how do I learn Linux” depends on what kind of Linux knowledge you are seeking. And for this purpose, I have collected a bunch of resources that you could use for learning Linux.

These free resources include eBooks, video courses, websites etc. And these are divided into sub-categories so that you can easily find what you are looking for when you seek to learn Linux.

Again, there is no best way to learn Linux. It totally up to you how you go about learning Linux, by online web portals, downloaded eBooks, video courses or something else.

Let’s see how you can learn Linux.

Disclaimer: All the books listed here are legal to download. The sources mentioned here are the official sources, as per my knowledge. However, if you find it otherwise, please let me know so that I can take appropriate action.

Best Free eBooks to learn Linux for Free

1. Free materials to learn Linux for absolute beginners

So perhaps you have just heard of Linux from your friends or from a discussion online. You are intrigued about the hype around Linux and you are overwhelmed by the vast information available on the internet but just cannot figure out exactly where to look for to know more about Linux.

Worry not. Most of us, if not all, have been to your stage.

Introduction to Linux by Linux Foundation [Video Course]

If you have no idea about what is Linux and you want to get started with it, I suggest you to go ahead with the free video course provided by the Linux Foundation on edX. Consider it an official course by the organization that ‘maintains’ Linux. And yes, it is endorsed by Linus Torvalds, the father of Linux himself.

==> Introduction To Linux


Linux Journey [Online Portal]

Not official and perhaps not very popular. But this little website is the perfect place for a no non-sense Linux learning for beginners.

The website is designed beautifully and is well organized based on the topics. It also has interactive quizzes that you can take after reading a section or chapter. My advice, bookmark this website:

==> Linux Journey


Learn Linux in 5 Days [eBook]

This brilliant eBook is available for free exclusively to It’s FOSS readers all thanks to Linux Training Academy.

Written for absolute beginners in mind, this free Linux eBook gives you a quick overview of Linux, common Linux commands and other things that you need to learn to get started with Linux.

You can download the book from the page below:

==> Learn Linux In 5 Days


The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide [eBook]

This is a free to download eBook for Linux beginners. The eBook starts with explaining what is Linux and then go on to provide more practical usage of Linux as a desktop.

You can download the latest version of this eBook from the link below:

==> The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide

2. Free Linux eBooks for Beginners to Advanced

This section lists out those Linux eBooks that are ‘complete’ in nature.

What I mean is that these are like academic textbooks that focus on each and every aspects of Linux, well most of it. You can read those as an absolute beginner or you can read those for deeper understanding as an intermediate Linux user. You can also use them for reference even if you are at expert level.

Introduction to Linux [eBook]

Introduction to Linux is a free eBook from The Linux Documentation Project and it is one of the most popular free Linux books out there. Though I think some parts of this book needs to be updated, it is still a very good book to teach you about Linux, its file system, command line, networking and other related stuff.

==> Introduction To Linux


Linux Fundamentals [eBook]

This free eBook by Paul Cobbaut teaches you about Linux history, installation and focuses on the basic Linux commands you should know. You can get the book from the link below:

==> Linux Fundamentals


Advanced Linux Programming [eBook]

As the name suggests, this is for advanced users who are or want to develop software for Linux. It deals with sophisticated features such as multiprocessing, multi-threading, interprocess communication, and interaction with hardware devices.

Following the book will help you develop a faster, reliable and secure program that uses the full capability of a GNU/Linux system.

==> Advanced Linux Programming


Linux From Scratch [eBook]

If you think you know enough about Linux and you are a pro, then why not create your own Linux distribution? Linux From Scratch (LFS) is a project that provides you with step-by-step instructions for building your own custom Linux system, entirely from source code.

Call it DIY Linux but this is a great way to put your Linux expertise to the next level.

There are various sub-parts of this project, you can check it out on its website and download the books from there.

==> Linux From Scratch


3. Free eBooks to learn Linux command line and Shell scripting

The real power of Linux lies in the command line and if you want to conquer Linux, you must learn Linux command line and Shell scripting.

In fact, if you have to work on Linux terminal on your job, having a good knowledge of Linux command line will actually help you in your tasks and perhaps help you in advancing your career as well (as you’ll be more efficient).

In this section, we’ll see various Linux commands free eBooks.


GNU/Linux Command?Line Tools Summary [eBook]

This eBook from The Linux Documentation Project is a good place to begin with Linux command line and get acquainted with Shell scripting.

==> GNU/Linux Command? Line Tools Summary


Bash Reference Manual from GNU [eBook]

This is a free eBook to download from GNU. As the name suggests, it deals with Bash Shell (if I can call that). This book has over 175 pages and it covers a number of topics around Linux command line in Bash.

You can get it from the link below:

==> Bash Reference Manual


The Linux Command Line [eBook]

This 500+ pages of free eBook by William Shotts is the MUST HAVE for anyone who is serious about learning Linux command line.

Even if you think you know things about Linux, you’ll be amazed at how much this book still teaches you.

It covers things from beginners to advanced level. I bet that you’ll be a hell lot of better Linux user after reading this book. Download it and keep it with you always.

==> The Linux Command Line


Bash Guide for Beginners [eBook]

If you just want to get started with Bash scripting, this could be a good companion for you. The Linux Documentation Project is behind this eBook again and it’s the same author who wrote Introduction to Linux eBook (discussed earlier in this article).

==> Bash Guide for Beginners


Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide [eBook]

If you think you already know basics of Bash scripting and you want to take your skills to the next level, this is what you need. This book has over 900+ pages of various advanced commands and their examples.

==> Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide

The AWK Programming Language [eBook]

Not the prettiest book here but if you really need to go deeper with your scripts, this old-yet-gold book could be helpful.

==> The AWK Programming Language


Linux 101 Hacks [eBook]

This 270 pages eBook from The Geek Stuff teaches you the essentials of Linux command lines with easy to follow practical examples. You can get the book from the link below:

==> Linux 101 Hacks


4. Distribution specific free learning material

This section deals with material that are dedicated to a certain Linux distribution. What we saw so far was the Linux in general, more focused on file systems, commands and other core stuff.

These books, on the other hand, can be termed as manual or getting started guide for various Linux distributions. So if you are using a certain Linux distribution or planning to use it, you can refer to these resources. And yes, these books are more desktop Linux focused.

I would also like to add that most Linux distributions have their own wiki or documentation section which are often pretty vast. You can always refer to them when you are online.


Ubuntu Manual

Needless to say that this eBook is for Ubuntu users. It’s an independent project that provides Ubuntu manual in the form of free eBook. It is updated for each version of Ubuntu.

The book is rightly called manual because it is basically a composition of step by step instruction and aimed at absolute beginners to Ubuntu. So, you get to know Unity desktop, how to go around it and find applications etc.

It’s a must have if you never used Ubuntu Unity because it helps you to figure out how to use Ubuntu for your daily usage.

==> Ubuntu Manual


For Linux Mint: Just Tell Me Damnit! [eBook]

A very basic eBook that focuses on Linux Mint. It shows you how to install Linux Mint in a virtual machine, how to find software, install updates and customize the Linux Mint desktop.

You can download the eBook from the link below:

==> Just Tell Me Damnit!


Solus Linux Manual [eBook]

Caution! This used to be the official manual from Solus Linux but I cannot find its mentioned on Solus Project’s website anymore. I don’t know if it’s outdated or not. But in any case, a little something about Solu Linux won’t really hurt, will it?

==> Solus Linux User Guide


5. Free eBooks for SysAdmin

This section is dedicated to the SysAdmins, the superheroes for developers. I have listed a few free eBooks here for SysAdmin which will surely help anyone who is already a SysAdmin or aspirs to be one. I must add that you should also focus on essential Linux command lines as it will make your job easier.


The Debian Administration’s Handbook [eBook]

If you use Debian Linux for your servers, this is your bible. Book starts with Debian history, installation, package management etc and then moves on to cover topics like LAMP, virtual machines, storage management and other core sysadmin stuff.

==> The Debian Administration’s Handbook


Advanced Linux System Administration [eBook]

This is an ideal book if you are preparing for LPI certification. The book deals straightway to the topics essential for sysadmins. So knowledge of Linux command line is a prerequisite in this case.

==> Advanced Linux System Administration


Linux System Administration [eBook]

Another free eBook by Paul Cobbaut. The 370 pages long eBook covers networking, disk management, user management, kernel management, library management etc.

==> Linux System Administration


Linux Servers [eBook]

One more eBook from Paul Cobbaut of linux-training.be. This book covers web servers, mysql, DHCP, DNS, Samba and other file servers.

==> Linux Servers

Linux Networking [eBook]

Networking is the bread and butter of a SysAdmin, and this book by Paul Cobbaut (again) is a good reference material.

==> Linux Networking

Linux Storage [eBook]

This book by Paul Cobbaut (yes, him again) explains disk management on Linux in detail and introduces a lot of other storage-related technologies.

==> Linux Storage

Linux Security [eBook]

This is the last eBook by Paul Cobbaut in our list here. Security is one of the most important part of a sysadmin’s job. This book focuses on file permissions, acls, SELinux, users and passwords etc.

==> Linux Security


Your favorite Linux learning material?

I know that this is a good collection of free Linux eBooks. But this could always be made better.

If you have some other resources that could be helpful in learning Linux, do share with us. Please note to share only the legal downloads so that I can update this article with your suggestion(s) without any problem.

I hope you find this article helpful in learning Linux. Your feedback is welcome 🙂


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How to Learn Cobol for the IBM i (AS/400)

Why Should You Learn Cobol?

Cobol ProgrammingCobol is one of the oldest language that is still used to power up a large number of applications for finance, production, distribution and many other industrial sectors.

Cobol has been used on the IBM i mainly by large companies that use or had used it with mainframe applications.

Since it is so widely used, you would increase your chances of finding a good employment by adding it to your baggage of skills, even if currently most people want to learn more modern languages such as Java, PHP etc.

According to Wikipedia “COBOL (/?ko?b?l/, an acronym for common business-oriented language) is a compiled English-like computer programming language designed for business use. It is imperative, procedural and, since 2002, object-oriented. COBOL is primarily used in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments. COBOL is still widely used in legacy applications deployed on mainframe computers, such as large-scale batch and transaction processing jobs. But due to its declining popularity and the retirement of experienced COBOL programmers, programs are being migrated to new platforms, rewritten in modern languages or replaced with software packages. Most programming in COBOL is now purely to maintain existing applications.

COBOL was designed in 1959, by CODASYL and was partly based on previous programming language design work by Grace Hopper, commonly referred to as “the (grand)mother of COBOL”. It was created as part of a US Department of Defense effort to create a portable programming language for data processing. Intended as a stopgap, the Department of Defense promptly forced computer manufacturers to provide it, resulting in its widespread adoption. It was standardized in 1968 and has since been revised four times. Expansions include support for structured and object-oriented programming. The current standard is ISO/IEC 1989:2014″.

According to a Microfocus article theTop 10 Reasons to Learn COBOL are mainly  the following:

1. COBOL is easy!

2. You can run it anywhere you like

3. It will work tomorrow as well as it does today

4. It gets the numbers right!

5. You can use it with your favourite IDE

6. You can get to your data fast

7. You don’t need to spend hours on documentation

8. It’s fast!

9. It integrates with everything

10. COBOL is everywhere!


The IBM i (AS/400) Cobol

IBM i (AS/400)Cobol on the AS/400, which is now known as IBM i is a standard Cobol 85 with some extensions that use the advantages of the AS/400 integrated environment and of the files external definitions.

The language has moved from the Original Program Model (OPM) to the Integrated Language Environment (ILE) that instead of producing runnable  programs creates object modules that can be bound together to create a program.

If you already have some knowledge of Cobol and want to learn the IBM i (AS/400) version, I suggest that you consider an e-book that I have written with the aim to use some actual Cobol programs to support the learning process, as described below:




Retail Value: 14.97

AS/400 (iSeries) CL and RPG ILE Training by Example
by Mario Pesce  

This e-book offers a progressive training on the AS/400 (iSeries) CL and RPG languages. It uses a real life application to investigate the latest ILE options and develop your skills..

It starts with simple programs and then examines more advanced concepts such as subfiles programming, use of message subfiles, use of embedded SQL, development of ILE modules and binding into programs and service programs .



The e-book assumes that you have already some knowledge of Cobol.

If you haven’t, I suggest to start by reading some good books on Cobol such as those available  at Amazon that you can see below:


An Introductory Video to Cobol


College students who learn COBOL make more money …

ILE COBOL Programmer’s Guide – FTP Directory Listing

WebSphere Development Studio: ILE COBOL Reference

ILE Cobol/400 Hints and Helps | RPG Programming content



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How to Learn RPG for the IBM i (AS/400)

How to Learn RPG

IBM iRPG is an old language that has been used recently especially on the IBM AS/400 eventually renamed as IBM i. It is not a widely known language today, but there are lots of applications written in RPG that require maintenance, support and enhancements.

Recently I read an interesting article on the IBM Systems Magazine with the title Who Knew RPGers Were So Important? that starts with the following considerations:

“Now we all like to think we are vital to the well-being of our companies, but according to CSC a shortage of RPG coders was partially responsible for a revenue shortfall of $230 million last year. Yes that’s “million.” While “only” $25 million to $40 million was specifically associated with the company’s RPG skills shortage, that still strikes us as a huge number. Hopefully upon reading that, all of CSC’s current RPG staff immediately demanded a pay raise. Clearly they are much more valuable than they had previously imagined!”

If you want to add RPG to your skills, you might consider purchasing one e-book that I wrote to present how RPG is used in a real application that I have developed in the past.

The IBM i CL and RPG Training by Example


Retail Value: 14.97 Euros

IBM i (AS/400/iSeries) CL and RPG ILE Training by Example
by Mario Pesce  

This e-book offers a progressive training on the IBM i (AS/400/ iSeries) CL and RPG languages. It uses a real life cross reference application to investigate how to use the latest ILE options and develop your skills..

It starts with simple programs and then examines more advanced concepts such as:

  • subfiles programming,
  • use of message subfiles,
  • use of embedded SQL,
  • development of ILE modules
  • binding modules into programs and service programs
  • CL utilities


The E-Book does not teach the basics of the language and is addressed to people who have already some RPG programming experience and want to learn more how to use all features of the RPG language.

If you want a complete overview of the language, I would advice to consider reading some good books such as the following available at Amazon:



A Video Course on RPG

I noticed on YouTube a video course on RPG and you can see below the first video



In the e-book I tried to write about some of the techniques that I have successfully used to develop well written and efficient RPG programs and I hope that they might be useful to other people interested in this language.

If you want to apply them and do not have an available IBM i (AS/400) machine, you might consider accessing some time sharing system that would allow you to use an IBM i accessed over the network for free or for a relatively small payment.

Some possibilities are the following:

==> PUB1.DE – Public AS/400

==> TimeShare 400

==> Rikas Communications


Steve Will on Finding RPG Programmers

RPG Academy: BIF UP Your Code! Get Rid of Those File Related Indicators

How to Learn RPG

How to Learn RPG by Scott Clement

RPG Programming I

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How to Learn PHP

Learn PHP

Php programming

Php programming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHP is a popular scripting language that can be embedded into HTML and used to develop web applications.

Currently PHP and Java are probably the most on demand computer languages. Generally PHP is the preferred choice if one wants to work on the web whereas Java is preferred for desktop applications, enterprise applications and mobile apps.

I made some investigations on good options about how to learn PHP and you will find below some results of my investigations.


Learn PHP with PHP Online Tutorials


I found some good online tutorials such as the following:


Learn PHP on Good PHP Books


There are many good books on PHP and you will find below an initial choice from Amazon UK:



PHP Magazines

Another way to learn PHP or improve your PHP expertise is to read some magazine dedicated to PHP such as the following:



Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

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Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Android Smartphones

I noticed an interesting article on TechCrunch about Android Smartphones and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner

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Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung. Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million. With the number of mobile handset sales up by a mere 0.7% on a year ago, it’s clear that higher-end devices are very the much growth engine for the mobile industry at the moment.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting figures from Gartner.

Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. The widening gap, and Samsung’s growth, will continue into the quarter ahead, it seems, led by the popularity of the company’s newest flagship model.

“We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

On the other hand, the fact remains that at least some appear to still be holding out for the next iPhone rather than going for the iPhone 5; and Apple meanwhile is still holding back from releasing new, low-cost models that might help it along more in emerging markets and compete more comprehensively against the huge range of Android devices out there.

The gap between the two biggest brands and number three continues to be a big one, with Samsung very much taking the lead here. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” Anshul writes.

Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 49 million handset sales. This is down by 1.1 million from a year ago, and as the smartphone market continues to grow, the players who are vying to be the next big challengers continues to churn. LG swapped places with Huawei, and is currently at number-three at 4.8 million units (with a strong showing from some of its newer 4G handsets and its lower-cost smartphone range). Huawei’s 4.4 million, however, shows that it continues to press ahead, as does fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE, which rounds out the top-five:

gartner smartphone vendors q1 2013

Samsung, unsurprisingly, is also leading in the overall mobile category, which also counts sales of lower-end feature phones. Its share there is now 23.6%, topping 100 million units.

Just as Samsung is widening the gap against Apple in smartphones, it’s doing the same with Nokia in the overall rankings. The Finnish giant is still number-two but with a 14.8% share, a drop of 5 percentage points on last year.

mobile phones overall gartner q1 2013

Looking at mobile platform prominence in smartphones, Android’s current 74.4% market share is nothing short of astounding in terms of its increase, particularly considering that at this point there is no sign of it slowing down.

Gartner’s numbers, it should be noted, are some 10% higher than those from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech that were released at the end of April: a sign of the margin of error between different analysts’ estimates resulting from different counting methods. Here are yet more numbers from IDC, which claims that smartphones outshipped feature phones, and Canalys, which was also more bullish than Gartner on smartphone numbers at a 300 million estimate.

Back to Gartner: the 156 million units sold in the quarter is actually almost double what was sold in the same period a year ago. Android is without a doubt riding the very crest of the smartphone wave: Gartner points out that smartphones accounted for 49.3% of sales of mobile phones worldwide, up from 34.8% in Q1 of 2012, and 44% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple continues to grow but at a slower pace, managing to increase its share by a “mere” 5 million. BlackBerry (still called RIM by Gartner: hello rebranding!) continues to drop, indicating that at least so far, its big BB10 attack has yet to bear significant fruit. Microsoft is showing a respectable doubling of growth to nearly 6 million units, but that is pretty tiny when you look back to Android and its 156 million. It shows that a significant amount of work remains to be done by Microsoft and partners like Nokia if it expects to get anywhere within spitting distance of Android, or even Apple.

Still, the cautionary tale of Symbian remains a sign of how fast a handset maker can fall from grace. It’s now at 0.3 percent of sales now that Nokia has discontinued its production of the once market-leading devices — although its share was falling fast even before that.

gartner q1 2013 smarthones

Gartner points out that Asia is currently the market driver for mobile phone sales worldwide, accounting for more than half of all sales, with China remaining the biggest single market.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 per cent year-on-year,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5% in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 per cent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

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New CrunchU Computer Courses

CrunchU  Computer Courses

CrunchU is the result of a partnership between TechCrunch and Udemy which initially offer 30 computer courses including some courses from DeitelBuzz ! You can view the full list of courses at:

==> http://techcrunch.com/crunchu/

I have re-published it below the official TechCrunch CrunchU announcement.

  • Main Event Page

Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open


That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was  CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses that we are offering to TechCrunch readers in partnership with Udemy, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to “democratizing education by making top quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere.”

We like the sound of that, because we all have a lot more to learn, and keeping it real and affordable is what education should be all about. Our initial course line-up includes offerings from TechCrunch friends, like 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on “Raising Money for Startups” and Eric Ries on “The Lean Startup,” as well as experts Gagan Biyani on “Introduction to Growth Hacking” and Russ Fradin on “Startup Hiring.”

We have a certain bias for startups, no surprise, but there is lots of other brain candy in the course mix too, like starter courses on Android and iOS, Ruby and jQuery, as well as gamification, programming for non-programmers, SEO, and in case you just want to have fun, digital photography.

Our  plan is to introduce new courses each quarter, based on what we learn about TechCrunch readers’ likes and dislikes. We also have the option of creating courses on our own, with the help of Udemy’s awesome course-creation tools. If you have an idea for a course, or want to teach one yourself, learn more here.

So if you have a minute, check out the CrunchU course catalogue and find some educational itch you want to scratch. The tuition sting is teeny, but it will be automatically discounted 50% off from today until May 18.



For a limited time, DeitelBuzz offer big discounts on many of their LiveLessons computer courses. These discounts are for only the first 100 sold of each course. If you click the link and it’s not discounted, the discounts are gone for that course! For links, please visit:

==> Deitel LiveLessons Discounts

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The Desktop Linux – Is it Winning?

The Desktop Linux

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Linux has always been strong about choice and offers a great variety of Linux desktops such as Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu Unity and many more.

There have been many discussions about replacing Windows with Linux and about toppling  Microsoft’s desktop monopoly, but Desktop Linux has never reached a widespread user base.

However I recently read an interesting article on the Infoworld.com website about how a desktop revolution has already begun with mobile devices and applications. I have republished the article below for your convenience.

The Linux desktop is already the new normal

We’re so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us

By | InfoWorld

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A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it’s time to give up hope on the “year of the Linux desktop” ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it’s been here a while, but we haven’t even noticed. We just didn’t know what it would look like.

I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza’s controversial post “What killed the Linux desktop” famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development.

At the heart of his argument is the idea that overly frequent updates led to a lack of compatibility, which in turn put off third-party developers. This is not to say he’s surrendered to Windows; he recently explained why he uses a Mac. Now that the world has seen the example of the Apple OS X App Store, products that struggle with compatibility issues feel like a big step backward, regardless of any great features.

Chromebook to the rescue
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google’s Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions — which is what Torvalds does — but out of the box, it’s running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that’s easily maintained and secured centrally.

I’ve been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it’s the Linux desktop I’ve been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows — and without the constant patronizing lock-in that’s manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we’d expect from a raw Linux distro.

The reason it’s worked so well may surprise you. It works for me and my business because — wait for it — Linux has already won on the desktop.

The Linux desktop is called “the browser”

While we were all waiting for the open source community to topple Microsoft’s desktop monopoly by replacing the operating system, we missed the real revolution. There’s still plenty of money in both operating systems and in desktop apps, and Microsoft will be milking that legacy monopoly for a good while. It’s certainly been the target of competitive attention from open source software; indeed, the productivity suite now epitomized by LibreOffice has over its long history done an effective job in opening up that part of Microsoft’s monopoly.

But most enterprise expenditure doesn’t happen on the desktop. Maybe it’s software Stockholm Syndrome making us all love our captor, but the focus on desktop applications, coupled with the idealistic expectation that Windows will be displaced, has led many to overlook or even dismiss the category where Linux actually has taken over the desktop.

That’s in the browser. Think about it: When did a new process or service you wanted to use last come as a Windows application download? When it did, what actually was that application? An increasing number of desktop applications are just containers for HTML5 Web apps. The real powerhouse behind those apps is usually Linux, accessed over the Internet, along with other elements of the modern LAMP stack. In a very real sense, the applications many use daily for email, documents, presentations, and more are Linux desktop applications. A fanatical obsession with replacing Windows made for interesting discussion, but while that debate was happening, all the work on the desktop moved inside the browser window.

In turn, that desktop revolution has fueled — and been fueled by — Linux in portable devices. In that space, Linux is definitely winning globally, both by powering multiple device platforms such as Android and Kindle and by powering many of the applications found on those devices. Tools like PhoneGap allow the developer to take the same Linux-powered back end and use it for both desktop/browser apps and for device-specific apps. The result? Linux is everywhere, even on iOS.

It was natural to assume the wedge to displace Microsoft’s desktop monopoly would be something that did the same thing. Futurists have long made their predictions by describing the present wearing Spandex. When it comes along, the new reality often looks different from the future we expected. So we still have no flying cars, food still doesn’t come in pill form — and the Linux desktop is actually running in your browser.

The year of the Linux desktop came long ago and we missed it. We were expecting it to displace Windows; instead, it has displaced the Windows desktop application, powered the reinvention of the mobile market, and in the process done more for us all than the revolution we expected could ever have delivered.

This article, “The Linux desktop is already the new normal,” was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of the Open Sources blog and follow the latest developments in open source at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on




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Read Amazon Kindle eBooks Without a Kindle

Read Amazon Kindle eBooks Without a Kindle

I often find interesting titles published by Amazon as Kindle eBooks and I often wondered whether I really needed to buy a Kindle in order to access this interesting set of books.

Then I found an interesting article on the ComplicatedtoSimple website that explains how you can read Amazon Kindle eBooks also with other devices and, since I think that the subject could be useful to many more people I have re-published it below for your convenience.

How to Read Kindle eBooks Without a Kindle

by Robert Seth on August 25, 2011

Picture of Amazon KindleThe Amazon Kindle is the bestselling eBook reader in the world. It’s also the bestselling item on Amazon.com. But did you know that you don’t need a Kindle e-reader to read Kindle eBooks?

Before I tell you about this, let me explain a few things. First of all, Kindles can read books in the Kindle, PDF, and a couple other formats. They cannot read books in other eBook reader formats. This is done intentionally in an attempt to prevent you from reading the competition’s eBooks. Amazon does not want you buying Barnes and Noble eBooks. They only want you to buy Amazon eBooks.

This is the same for Barnes and Noble and Apple and pretty much anybody that sells eBooks. Their e-readers will read the standard PDF format and some other formats not specific to anyone else’s e-reader. But nobody wants you buying the competition’s books

What I find amusing about this whole issue is the fact that you don’t even need an e-reader to read these eBooks. Amazon tries so hard to keep you from buying the competition’s books. They also try hard to keep you from reading your Kindle eBooks on anyone else’s e-reader. They do this by publishing their eBooks in proprietary formats that only their devices can read.

But then what do they do? They turn around and write an app (software program) called the Kindle App, that can run on any device except the competition. This Kindle application can run your Kindle books on your computer, smart phone, tablet, iPad, or any other device; just as long as it’s not the competition’s device.

What does this mean to you? It means that if you don’t want to buy a Kindle, or just don’t want to buy one now, you don’t have to. You can buy all the eBooks you want from Amazon without laying out the cash for the Kindle. This is very handy if you don’t like the current model of Kindle or you have some other device that will work already.

Personally, I’m waiting for a color Kindle. Not like the Nook with the color LCD screen. I mean one that uses color e-paper, just like the current Kindle uses black and white e-paper. Color e-paper has been invented and works, it’s just not in production for low priced consumer models yet. Anyway, back to the point at hand.

Now here’s another thing you might not have known. Pretty much everybody else has an App too. So if you have some Barnes and Noble eBooks, you don’t need a Nook to read them. You can download the Barnes and Noble app and read those books anywhere you want. Except of course, on the competition’s e-reader.

I have an iPad as my eBook reader. Prior to buying it, I tested the Kindle and the Nook. I purchased eBooks for both of them. Now I have the Kindle and the Nook apps on my iPad so I can read all my eBooks regardless of where they came from.

Now here’s my last treat for you. Did you know that you not only don’t need to spend money on a Kindle, there’s a good chance you don’t even need to spend any on the books! I’m not suggesting theft, piracy, or anything illegal here. The truth is, there are millions of free eBooks.

The last official count I was able to find was in 2008 when there were over 1.8 million free eBooks. These were not all Kindle books but the total of all free eBooks available online. There are many free eBooks available offline too. Like at your public library. Many e-readers have the ability to read the format used at public libraries.

According to Amazon, there are over 950,000 free kindle items just on their site. This includes books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs. That’s enough to keep you busy for a long time! Many of the free eBooks on Amazon are publications in which the copyrights have run out. This makes them public domain works which is why Amazon can give them away for free.

Another source of free, public domain books is Project Gutenberg. They have over 36,000 free eBooks. These are old classics that were originally published by reputable publishers. Since the copyrights have run out, they have been able to scan the original books and offer them online. They offer their books in many different formats so you can use just about any e-reader you want. You can visit their website by clicking here.

Going back to Amazon for a moment, I should mention one more thing. Amazon’s free eBooks are not just limited to public domain works. They constantly have specials where they offer books by today’s authors for free. For example, I wanted to purchase Steven Pressfield’s book “Do the Work.”

When I arrived at Amazon I was surprised to see that the Kindle Edition was actually free. The hardcover edition was around $13.00. As of this writing, they are both around $6.00. So if you visit Amazon fairly often and watch closely, you could accumulate quite a library for not much money

So there you have it! Now you can have an entire eBook library without having to spend a dime on an e-reader. Or, in the case of this article, an entire Kindle library without having to own a Kindle

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About Robert Seth

Robert Seth is a CPA in the Clark County, Washington area who has been serving individual and small business clients for the last 25 years. His business includes a growing number of remotely serviced customers throughout the United States. He’s also a writer and technology expert. He has a passion for improving the lives of others by helping them simplify the complicated stuff in their lives.




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Amazon Kindle Fire – More Than an E-Reader

Amazon Kindle Fire

Amazon Kindle Fire

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Amazon has been very successful with the Amazon Kindle e-reader and recently they decided to offer new more powerful models with the Amazon Kindle Fire that actually has many more features than the e-reader and can compete with the best tablets.. Amazon actually describes it as the world’s most advanced 7″ tablet

I have read many reviews on the different models of Amazon Kindle Fire and I try to summarize the main points.

Amazon Kindle Fire Models

There are different configurations and the main ones are the following:

  • Kindle Fire 7″ LCD screen 8 Gb
  • Kindle Fire 7″ HD 16Gb
  • Kindle Fire 7″ HD 32 Gb
  • Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD 16Gb


The HD models offer a better screen resolution on a display that’s easy to view, even in overhead light. Kindle Fire HD features a new 1280×800 high definition LCD display that brings your content to life..You will have Rich, HD video. Beautiful, vivid photos. Crisp, detailed text. Moreover the Kindle Fire HD features a front-facing video camera for free high-definition video calls at home or abroad. and you will be able to find a free Skype app in the Amazon Appstore.

Amazon Kindle Fire Features

Some useful features of the Amazon Kindle Fire are the following:

  • new dual core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. The processor according to Amazon outperforms the Tegra 3
  • Android 4.0 operating system
  • 8/16/32 GB on-device memory, so you can download your favourite titles to view offline, anytime. You’ll also get free, unlimited Cloud storage
  • a longer battery life, with almost 9 hours’ worth of mixed use
  • small enough to fit in a bag and light enough to hold in just one hand, Kindle Fire is perfect for browsing, playing, reading and shopping when on the go.
  • Kindle Fire is seamlessly integrated with Amazon’s content stores so you can shop new books, movies, games, and apps with a single tap
  • Amazon Silk, our cloud-accelerated browser, for ultra-fast page load times.
  • Kindle Store for over 1 million of the most popular books, or explore millions of free, public domain books such as Pride and Prejudice, A Tale of Two Cities and Oliver Twist.
  • over 150 magazines with beautifully detailed illustrations and glossy full-colour layouts.
  • over 180,000 Kindle exclusive titles from best-selling authors including Michael Ridpath and Phil Rickman.
  • thousands of popular films and TV series, including Gnomeo & Juliet, Unknown, Desperate Housewives and 24.
  • over 20 million songs from thousands of artists, Amazon MP3 is home to one of the largest music libraries on earth.
  • the new email app on Kindle Fire makes sending mails, viewing attachments, and syncing contacts simple.
  • Kindle Fire features full support for Exchange-based accounts making it easy to stay connected when you step away from the office.
  • In addition to the free Facebook application found in the app store, Kindle Fire is fully integrated with Facebook
  • email spreadsheets, PDFs, Word docs and more directly to your device or upload from your PC or Mac using Amazon Cloud Drive.
  • dual Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
  • integrated bluetooth connectivity
  • USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Video Review




Like the new Kindle Paperwhite to the original Kindle, the Kindle Fire HD is an upgrade to the Kindle Fire in every way.

More than anything, it continues to provide an easy-to-navigate gateway to Amazon’s massive content library, and now more than ever before, everything is in the cloud.

The 7-inch tablet, which means that it’s half as big as an iPad, and way closer in size to a paperback book could be a little easier to grip. As far as screen quality goes, it’s on par with the iPad. In other words, as an opening move, hardware-wise, Amazon’s getting it right.

Amazon’s Appstore is a huge asset. Because it is tied to Amazon’s own purchasing system, it’s easier for you to buy apps from a trusted source. And because Amazon went with quality over quantity, it lacks the feel of Google’s Android Market.

According to some reviewers the Kindle Fire can handle about 80 percent of what one wants to do on an iPad, for 40 percent of the price

It would be nice to have GPS as well, but that currently is missing.


You can easily order the Kindle Fire to Amazon

Click here for the Kindle Fire offers at Amazon UK

Click here for the Kindle Fire offers at Amazon US

Click here for the Kindle Fire offers at Amazon IT



Amazon Kindle Fire HD Review by Techradar
Amazon Kindle Fire 2, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite Review by Techradar
Kindle Fire Review by NBCNews




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