Here's a collection of books I've read and software I tried, things you may not have heard about but might find useful. It's very personal, filtered through my experience.
- The Art of Unix Programming
- So, you want to be a real programmer? Then you'd better read this. Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs
- Thinking Forth, by Leo Brodie
- A classic book on how to think like a programmer. Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs.
- Excellent programming manual by Marijn Haverbeke. Creative Commons Attribution.
- Impatient Perl
- Brief overview of the core language by Greg London. GNU Free Documentation License.
- Programming Ruby
- A most comprehensive Ruby book. The 2001 edition is freely available.
- Thinking in C++ 2nd Edition by Bruce Eckel
- Freely available e-book on using C++ the way it was designed.
- Bruce Eckel's Thinking in Java, 3rd Edition
- Same as above, only for Java. Both recommended.
- Practical Common Lisp, by Peter Seibel
- Good Lisp book, freely available online.
- A Linux-based operating system with a good balance between user-friendliness and expert-friendliness. Cutting edge, yet very stable. Community-driven; dedicated to software freedom.
- Arch Linux
- A Linux distribution for knowledgeable users. Exceptionally well documented. Bleeding edge, with a vibrant community.
- Linux Mint
- Elegant GNU/Linux destkop distribution with an excellent live CD, useful both for day-to-day tasks and basic data rescue.
- Mandriva Linux
- Developed by a commercial enterprise; very friendly; equally good as a live CD and an installed system.
- SliTaz GNU/Linux
- A new operating system in a very small package. Equally good as a live CD and an installed system. Low requirements.
- A modern, friendly Unix under a liberal open source license. Lightweight, supports old hardware well. Base distribution requires some expertise; derivatives such as PC-BSD are suitable for anyone.
- The open source successor to BeOS is a friendly and very lightweight operating system. Unfinished; development is steady, but slow.
- A modern, open source revival of Amiga OS. Still in development. Distributions are available.
- Lightweight but feature-rich wiki in PHP with flat-file storage. Originates in academia. Batteries included. Some assembly required.
- Large, user-friendly wiki in PHP with flat-file storage.
- Single-file wiki in Perl with flat-file storage and built-in blogging support.
- Moin Moin
- Wiki written in Python; can run stand-alone, via the built-in webserver. Easy to get started with; just unarchive and run the main script.
- Large, complex wiki in PHP using an SQL database for storage. Originally written for Wikipedia; very complex administration.
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