Dave Taylor's book is The Book you need if like me you have always wanted to start with Linux but have been unable to find the book which will teach you from scratch, taking you around the infamous black terminal browsing the many directories and files under /
Because once you leave Windows for Unix/Linux you want to be sure you will be able to find your way in your new system and make yourself at home, what you DON'T want is having to go back to Windows after failing to enjoy the great power and stability of the UNIX system (actually there is even more than just power and stability... you'll discover that yourself)
If like me you want to go further in depth, not just using the desktop icons and the mouse, but want to enter commands in the terminal, then SAMS Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 hours is The Book.
When most of the other books for beginners seem to ignore the beginner, Dave Taylor's book is taking you from scratch to the level of a power user.
You don't need to feel obliged to finish the book in 24 hours, you need to experiment on your terminal (black screen of happiness) and become familiar with the system using only the command, you will not only get more knowledge, but you will feel more clever....... Because discovering what's behind the hood and how it works is more exiting than just driving the car.
And then when you've finished this one, you are ready for SAM Teach Yourself UNIX System Administration in 24 hours, another book from Dave Taylor.
This is the fourth edition dated 2006 (printed 08/2005) the inside page on Amazon shows the third edition, not this one.
Somebody in the review, said 'it was full of errors, and I don't know what else, that experimented users would be bored', the person is obviously talking about another book, as this one is for beginners, and none of his descriptions does refer to this book at all.
This book is a great book for beginners!