Putting off that New Year's resolution to get started on Linux? Here's a combination of book and distribution that will lay a strong foundation for Linux projects.
It's at Linuxworld.com:
Lately, though, there's been a catch. The most helpful introductory books for beginners, Mark G. Sobell's “Practical Guide…” series, cover Red Hat Linux and its descendants Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but many of the participants in user groups and mailing lists that offer the best help for new users are running Ubuntu. Sobell's new A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux closes the gap.