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Linux Annoyances for Geeks: Getting the Most Flexible System in the World Just the Way You Want It 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0596008015
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Book Description

Includes Desktop Management, System Setup, and Server Configuration

About the Author

Michael Jang, RHCE, Linux+, LCP, specializes in books on Linux and Linux certification. His experience with computers goes back to the days of jumbled punch cards. He's written or contributed to more than a dozen books on Linux, Linux certification, and Red Hat Linux, including "RHCE Red Hat Certified Engineer Linux" (McGraw-Hill), and "Mastering Red Hat Linux 9" (Sybex).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596008015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596008017
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,257,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Damewood on May 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book makes a handy quick refference for Linux setup and customization. The audience for this book is the experienced Linux user, but the reader doesn't have to be an advanced Linux user (though, it helps). As someone who's been using Linux for 7 years, there are some things explained in this book that are new to me, some things that I can do blindfolded, and some that I remember, but need to refresh when I actually need to do them.

This book explains how to do such things as customizing the GUI and the user's ability to modify it, setting up removable media to mount/unmount automaticly (or not for a server), switching from/sharing with Windows, making backups, emergency system recovery, kernel customization, and a whole bunch of other things that it would fill an entire book (this one) to list them all. There's also information on setting up Linux servers, laptops and network devices (routers and firewalls).

This book generally asumes that the the main installation work has been done, and focuses more on post-installation customization and emergency recovery. For example, it doesn't explain how to install GNOME and KDE, but it does explain how to customize them. It also doesn't assume that the user is using a specific distribution, but it does focus more on Red Hat/Fedora, Debian, and SUSE, as these distributions are the ones best suited for a bussiness office.

If you are the administrator for a bussiness office using Linux, this book is a must-have. If you are a hobbyist, this book is still reccomended. I personally have made refference to it to solve an annoyance already, and I've only had it for 3 days.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C. Williams on May 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
Prior to reading this book, I was a little skeptical at how much it could help me as I feel very comfortable working with Linux. This book however hit on many issue that I have, and continue to encounter, while administering and using linux boxes (many of which I didn't even realize). Not only does Michael discuss the problems, but he identifies the solution, and provides clear instructions on how to implement the solution. I am definitely adding this book as one of my reference guides on my desk.
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott Beamer on July 28, 2006
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This is another book that implies it's for power users, yet most of what's in here can be found in any garden variety book on how to run Linux. Only part of this book is aimed at "geeks".

The promotional text on the back cover implies that it's aimed at sysadmins. And while *some* of it is, most of it is stuff that a system administrator would already be familiar with.

Much of what's in this book is the same stuff aimed at beginning to intermediate Linux desktop users. It's not for real "geeks" or sysadmins by any means.

If only the truly useful stuff for sysadmins/geeks were included, the book would be 1/3 it's size.

It's not that it's a bad book; it's just not marketed well at all and has a very misleading title.

I found it a complete waste of money. It's hard to find books for "intermediate to advanced" users. I figured this would be one of them. It's not.

I was quite disappointed.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let's face it... as much as we'd like Linux to be an oft-chosen alternative to Microsoft Windows outside of IT environments, the fact remains that you still need to be a geek to get everything to work "just right". Michael Jang has written a very nice book to help both you and the users you support overcome the Linux annoyances with his book Linux Annoyances For Geeks.

Contents:

Configuring a Desktop Environment; Configuring User Workstations; Optimizing Internet Applications; Setting Up Local Applications; Installation Annoyances; Basic Start Configuration; Kernel Itches and Other Configuration Annoyances; System Maintenance; Servicing Servers; User Management; Administration Tips; Index

In some ways, this feels a bit like one of O'Reilly's Recipe books. Each chapter has a series of "problems" (in this case, annoyances) that are dissected and resolved based on the author's knowledge and advice. The writing is very person-to-person, with problems like "My CD/DVD Is Locked", My Hard Drive Is Too Slow", and "I Can't Boot Because of a Kernel Panic". You get the feeling that the author is talking *to* you, not *at* you. As a result, some problems that could be very intimidating (like kernel panics) are treated in a calm and rational manner. The information is also not restricted to a single distribution. He covers solutions in the major distros, like Debian, SUSE, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. And the solutions for desktop issues in most cases cover both KDE and Gnome. You should be able to find *something* in here that relates to your particular setup...

Like many books that try to cover a range of issues or scenarios, your impression of the book is going to be dictated by whether he covered the annoyance(s) that bother you the most.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Flanders on July 14, 2006
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This book isn't for a beginners but for those who already have experience with linux. I consider myself a moderate geek. Although the book doesn't explain everything in detail, it does have good references to other links that go into detail. For examples it explains how to install kerberos, but doesn't go into much detail on the hows or whys. I like the fact that it's not a bible!!!. It's pretty up to date on distros, SuSE 9.3-10, Debain Sarge, Fedora/RHEL 4. I consider this book a wrapping of all the google and forum anwsers I have been looking for. Overall I enjoyed the book.
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