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Linux All-in-One For Dummies [Paperback]

Emmett Dulaney
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Book Description

September 14, 2010 0470770198 978-0470770191 4
A complete guide and reference to five major Linux distributions

Linux continues to grow in popularity worldwide as a low-cost, reliable operating system for enterprise use. Nine minibooks in this guide cover everything administrators need to know about the five leading versions: Ubuntu, Fedora Core, OpenSUSE, Mint, and Mandriva. The companion DVD includes full Ubuntu installations and ISO images for the other four, saving hours of downloading time.

  • The open source Linux operating system is gaining market share around the world for both desktop and server use; this soup-to-nuts guide covers installation and everything else administrators need to know about Ubuntu, Fedora Core, OpenSUSE, Mint, and Mandriva
  • Nine self-contained minibooks cover Linux basics, desktops, networking, Internet, administration, security, Linux servers, programming, and scripting
  • Updated to cover the newest versions of the five top distributions, with complete installation instructions and a DVD including the full Ubuntu installations and ISO images for the others

Linux users and administrators will be able to install and sample five popular Linux flavors with the information in Linux All-in-One For Dummies.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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From the Back Cover

New to Linux? Get started now — this handy how-to guide makes learning Linux easy!

No doubt about it, Linux is cool — and free! You can use it to set up a Web server or rejuvenate an old computer. Or use Linux as your desktop OS along with great applications such as This ready reference gives you everything you need to know about installing, configuring, and using Linux, while the DVD gives you five Linux flavors to sample.

  • It's a do-it-yourself thing — learn the essentials of installing and using Linux by checking out Books I and II

  • All about access — connect to the Internet, configure and manage TCP/IP networks, and set up e-mail, newsgroups, and Web surfing

  • Administrative stuff — manage user accounts, install applications, work with peripherals, and upgrade or customize the Linux kernel

  • Safety first — secure the network and the host, and perform regular security audits

  • Serve it up — configure an Apache Web server, set up an FTP server or a Windows® server, and explore Linux programming

Open the book and find:

  • Help navigating the GNOME® and KDE® desktops

  • Linux troubleshooting tips

  • How to set up a LAN

  • Secrets of using Linux to send instant messages and e-mail

  • System administration basics

  • Advice on securing Linux

  • How to run mail, news, and FTP servers

  • All about shell scripting

Bonus DVD Includes

  • ISO image files for five major Linux distributions you can try: Ubuntu Desktop, OpenSUSE, Mint 8, Fedora 12, and Mandriva Linux 2010
  • Complete instructions for installing and using each distribution

Please see the DVD appendix for complete system requirements.

About the Author

Emmett Dulaney has written more than 30 technology books, among them the popular CompTIA Security+ Study Guide. He is an instructor at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and is the former director of training for Mercury Technical Solutions.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 4 edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470770198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470770191
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK!!! July 15, 2011
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I purchased this book primarily as a review of Linux terminal commands as I have switched back to Linux for the first time in nearly eight years.

I love Linux it is my favorite OS. I currently use Ubuntu, but I have used two different distrobutions of Red Hat and two Different distrobutions of Mandrake (Back when it was Mandrake) and also Knoppix Live CD linux which I used on PC's where I could not install Linux.

This book contains a lot of basic information, but also some that is a little more advanced. It comes with some Linux distrobutions which are helpful if you wish to install Linux, but don't have the internet.

Linux is a great OS to learn C or C++ programming on. All the way back in 1973 Dennis Ritchie(Inventor of C) and Ken Thompson(Developer of UNIX in DEC PDP-7 assembly, and the inventor of the B language) together rewrote UNIX in C on (I believe) a DEC PDP 11 - Making UNIX portable to many other systems which had a C compiler available.
Linux as well as many other OSs and System software are also written primarilly in C.

"C all-in-one desk reference for Dummies" by Dan Gookin is good for learning C, but if you need more help with C consider "C for Dummies" by Dan Gookin.
I learned C with C all-inOne Desk Reference for Dummies and various reference books and man pages. There is a little errata mainly typos in the C all in One Desk Reference book but they are all well documented on the authors website and its easy to scribble them in the book.

If you are new to Linux and want to keep Windows with no risk of loosing any files I recomend buying a one or two yearold computer - maybee used and then installing Linux as the only OS on that computer.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the introduction to Linux I was looking for August 15, 2011
By CJochem
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I was looking for an easy intro to Linux to see if I wanted to get deeper into the OS and this fit the bill. The included DVD was very helpful for getting a hands-on feel for the different distributions. Worth the price.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ALREADY OUTDATED February 25, 2012
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Perhaps this volume, with its 2010 copywrite date, bears testimony to how fast computerese falls behind the times. I got the book to get an intro to Linux and it did serve this purpose. But then my problems came when I web-loaded the latest Ubuntu distribution and found that the current version was drastically changed from that included in the book. The new Ubuntu has a different desktop and different user features. Linux All-in-One got me into Linux, but after that I've had to find my own way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Gerry
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It's well written and comes with a disk loaded with several Linux programs and more information. Non computer friends of mine have read through portions though and felt it was far too advanced for them. In my opinion you need to be pretty proficient in computer speak to understand a lot of it. That's OK though. Anyone interested in Linux probably has, or better have, the necessary background.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and very helpful June 21, 2013
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Any book that is entitle "For Dummies," is extremely helpful. Even after reading the entire book, it is a great reference tool and offers great troubleshooting answers for Linux OS'es and servers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start May 7, 2013
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I've always wanted to learn Linux. This is my first step to getting rid of MS and Apple. Free Operating systems, and programs for life. Whats not to like? You need to download a bunch of add-ons, but they are free too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful After Linux Class February 20, 2013
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I took a Fedora 18 Linux class, had purchased this book to get up to speed a bit before class started. It was helpful, to a degree, demonstrating different Linux flavors. But the enclosed DVD and instructions required knowledge of hard drive partitions which I didn't have, and assumed use of a computer with Windows already installed. I was afraid to damage my computer so I stopped. My class installed Linux on flash drives and external hard drives, so much easier! Avoids concerns about overwriting my hard drive or losing data. Now I've got some classroom experience with Linux and external hard drives (wow!) I can use book and DVD to broadened my experience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needed information June 14, 2014
By Paddler
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As of this writing, the book is slightly out of date, but contains much information essential to feeling comfortable with a Linux machine. One of the subjects not covered adequately is why we need tens of different versions of Linux. The book is easy to read and the explanations are cogent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
After XP stopped being supported I decided to replace it on my laptop with Linux. I had used it years ago and was interested to see how it had changed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James W. Ireland
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape plan for when MS no longer supports my XP!
April 2014 comes, Ms no longer supports XP; what to do? My plan is to shrink MS on my harddrive and add Linux. I already have the office version (Open Office) and it works well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. O. Meadows
2.0 out of 5 stars Damage to pages when book arrived maybe asmall thing buy a $25 book...
Book itself not what I expected would Hanover likrd a book more concentrated on the programming and less omn history
Published 6 months ago by Bill Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Linux and the Dummy
Yes, I am reading the book. It is good, but Linux is complex and I am not a programmer, I am a computer user. Hence, Linux will always harbor some unexplained secrets. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ohee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good information in a nutshell.
I needed something to help get me started using the Linux operating system and this book seems to be the ticket. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Gene LeGate Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Good manual
For a noob this helped me get started with Linus quite nicely. I'm no pro yet, but Linux for Dummies is helping me along.
Published 17 months ago by R. White
2.0 out of 5 stars Linux All-in-one for Dummies
Much too technical for this old dummy. Hard to use. I'm simply to old to find useful information from this massive book.
Published 17 months ago by Hugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for everyone.
Good book to help guide anyone interested in learning to program in Linux... Easy to understand and straight forward. I would highly recommend this bok.
Published 17 months ago by Werner
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