Book Recommendations?

I ordered the box version of openSUSE 11.0 (11.1?). In the meantime (being impatient), I downloaded 11.0, burned the DVD and installed it. It seems to be working fine. I muddled around and got internet service (had to change the DNS), Kmail, writer etc working. So, I have the bsics of a fine working computer.

Now, I am so lost. Would someone recommend an online “Getting Started with the Basics” type tutorial that will walk me through the openSUSE OS step by step?

Also, being an old guy, I need a BOOK. On Amazon, they have only one that mentions openSUSE 11 directly. It is “OpenSUSE 11.0 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Bible” by Whittaker and Davies. Is there something better anyone could recommend?

I have messed with computers since the 60s when I was in graduate school and computers occupied whole buildings. I bought an Apple IIe when they first came out, switched to Windows when the 95 version came out and have a layman’s understanding of Windows through W2k Pro. I am through with Microsoft - they have priced and micro-managed themselves out of the home computer market as far as I am concerned.

I want to get a good grounding in Linux. I am retired, have time and enjoy learning new things. I want to be the “go-to” openSUSE Linux nerd in the small community where I live. My friends and family can afford Linux software and I can find free hardware that will run it (Businesses donate when Microsoft comes out with a new version).

But first I have to start somewhere. Advice appreciated!!

Sense & Nonsense

here are some pdf files on opensuse 11 there a good place to start
Novell Doc: OpenSUSE 11.0 - Table of Contents

For general learning about Linux I can recommend this. It’s available online but also as a book.

I found that this recent book was a great help:

Suse Linux Toolbox
by Christopher Negus & Francois Caen
copyright 2008
Wiley publishers
ISBN: 978-0-470-08292-8

This would be great for those who are running the “minimal” installation, since the book concentrates mainly on commandline utilities and such after the first few Suse-specific installation docs.

I think it is comprehensive enough for a starter, although I would definitely supplement it with other books or online resources that delve into the gui aspect.