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Corel Linux For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) Paperback – June 9, 2000

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ISBN-13: 078-5555023635 ISBN-10: 0764506676

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Discover how to:

Install Corel Linux step-by-step
Customize your system
Use the fabulous File Manager
Apply dazzling desktop themes
Play with pictures and sounds
Send e-mail and cruise the Web

BONUS CD-ROM INCLUDES:

Corel Linux Distribution with its enhanced KDE desktop
Corel Install Express
Corel File Manager
Corel Update
Netscape Communicator Suite
Plus cool themes and more!

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CD-ROM includes Corel Linux Distribution and KDE themes

Easy-to-follow instructions walk you through the installation process

Your friendly guide to the hot new Corel desktop environment Packed with plain-English explanations and timesaving tips and tricks, this fun and easy guide shows you step-by-step how to install Corel Linux on your personal computer — and declare independence from Windows. From customizing your desktop to managing your files and cruising the Internet, it delivers just what you need to join the Linux revolution. all this on the bonus CD-ROM Corel Linux Distribution with its enhanced KDE desktop: Corel Install Express, Corel File Manager, and Corel Update plus Netscape Communicator Suite, cool bonus themes, and more PC with 16MB of RAM (32 recommended), CD-ROM drive (2x or faster). For complete information and system requirements, see the CD-ROM appendix.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (June 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764506676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764506673
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,030,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. on July 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Our office has made a concerted decision to gradually move into Linux. And this is the best book not only for newbies to jump start on the learning curve, but also for those old-hands to refresh their knowledge.
One of the more significant characteristics of this excellent book is that the author wrote it like a diary so that you can install and run the next generation OS with little or no effort, but he also very skillfully interposed the plain English writing with important advanced concepts. So skillful that you may be fooled into believing yourself to have become an overnight Linux expert! But seriously, this book can at least make you walk and talk like a Linux geek in a hurry.
Linux is rapidly evolving. Kernel 2.4 and KDE 2.0 are coming out soon. Both will cause very significant changes in the Linux environment. Everything you have learned now probably will have to be updated in the very near future. Thus, there is no need to get into those thick and supposedly advanced Linux books at the present time. This for dummies book is just right for everyone, including, of course, you and me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "erniedv" on July 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
If you are thinking of trying out Linux - Buy THIS book. If you are thinking of trying out Corel Linux - Buy THIS book. If you are comparing against "Corel Linux OS Starter Kit" and you can only buy one book - Buy THIS book!
I've owned or scanned a lot of Dummies titles over the years. Most of them are so scaled down that they end up collecting dust on my bookshelf. They give me just enough information to be dangerous or they take you just far enough to leave you frustrated with what they don't tell you. Not so with this title from Steve Harris & Erwin Zijleman. I've found their explanations to be quite complete and accurate. They have a very good grasp of what kinds of post-installation tasks a new user will face and have done a wonderful job of making these simple to comprehend and accomplish. They've also managed to make it entertaining without "talking down" to the reader. I read this one cover-to-cover and have been back frequently to work on implementing what I've learned.
As with any "Dummies" book, there are things that aren't there. (I guess that's why Steve is working on "Corel Linux Bible"!) For example, it is presumed that Corel Linux will recognise all of your hardware successfully, so the explanation of Samba presumes that you have a working network card. In my case, I have older hardware that isn't automatically recognised. The good thing about this book is that it made the process of setting up Samba so easy that I actually tried it. Even though my NIC isn't working yet, because of the way Samba is explained I understand where the problem is and I've been able to use resources from the book to work on that problem.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Davon Harrison on August 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been using Corel Linux for some time now, and seriously would like to remove Windows once and for all from my computer and go all Linux. However, being as I am not the only person to use my computer I of course have to consider the needs of my parents. With my mother in mind, a lady who has never quite learned to master even Windows, I got myself a copy of this fabulous book. Funny thing though, my mother hardly got to read it at first, because to my great surprise, I found it to be very informative myself. It's the little things that count. I've learned some of intricacies involved with using KDE that have really saved me time and increased my productivity. While very similar, there are subtle diffrences in the ways you use KDE, verses Windows. This book pays great attention to those details, yet still manages to be brief. Believe me, this is no huge tomb. While this is no mean feat, what is even better is the author manages to present this info in a manor which is not mind numbingly boring. But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Thanks to this book, my mom for the first time truly feels comfortable using a Window based GUI. In fact, she won't touch anything but Linux now, unless I can find her a Steve Harris book for Windows!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Casey on July 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
For those million plus people who have Corel Linux and are feeling a little like it's a foreign land: *buy this book*!
Steve brings the Linux world a little closer with his plain English translations. Another significant point is Steve's relating Linux concepts to the related or similar windows equivilent!
All this technical information presented in a clear and understandable way, interspersed with Steve's 'unique' brand of humour makes this a must-have for the Corel Linux owner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
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I must confess that I am not one of the Linux dummies. I have been using this operating system for years but recently more and more of my friends are switching to Linux and ask me for advice. So I sure know were the obstacles for a newbie typically come up, and I am constantly looking for good reference material. Of all the Linux books I have seen this one is the only one I could recommend without hesitation to a complete Linux novice. It really does not assume any prior knowledge of Linux or operating systems in general. Everything is explained for someone who really does this the first time and needs a helping hand. Clear warnings help users to avoid actions that could cause trouble (esp. during installation). The installation chapter is excellent. What follows is a in-depth description of the Linux graphical user interface (KDE) which looks quite like Windows but nevertheless has many treasures to be "discovered." Also, you learn how to connect to the web and to other computers in your local (Windows) environment. Troughout the book the authors are well aware of the needs of Linux newbies. A quick look at Corel's internet support newsgroups reveals that the same typical questions are being asked over and over again. With this book you won't need to write to a newsgroup and wait for a reply. A quick look in the index will almost certainly direct you to the answer to your question. In addition you will find cool tricks and shortcuts that will even impress some nerds. In good "Dummies" tradition the book is fun to read (great cartoons). Last but not least: it includes a CD with Corel Linux plus a collection of cool desktop themes.
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