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"If you are already a Linux user and want to know more about the technical aspects mentioned above, or want to experiment with other distributions than the one you are familiar with, then this book is for you. It will help you avoid buying a dozen different books with very similar content." (Computing Reviews, October 2010) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

If Linux can do it, you can do it, too ...

Welcome to the free-range world of Linux! This unique reference will guide you through installing, configuring, and running more than a dozen different flavors of the versatile Linux operating system. You'll learn the essentials of Linux graphical interfaces, shell commands, and basic system administration, enabling you to set up a home desktop computer, a server, or a professional workstation. And because Linux is all about freedom of choice, this book lets you experiment and select the version that works best for you.

Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Linux

  • Understand what Linux is and where it comes from
  • Try KNOPPIX, Damn Small Linux, or other bootable versions on the CD or DVD
  • Use Linux to manage your desktop, perform routine word processing and spreadsheet tasks, listen to music, and watch videos
  • Take Linux online, browse the Web, and set up an e-mail account
  • Configure Linux to act as a router, a firewall, or any of several server types
  • Connect to the open source software movement or any of the separate high-quality software projects included with Linux

Bonus DVD and CD include ten Linux distributions!

Bonus DVD contains complete Red Hat Fedora Core 3 install packages and KNOPPIX 3.6 bootable Linux. Also contains SUSE 9.1 and Slackware 10.

Bonus CD contains Debian network install CD and bootable Damn Small Linux. Also contains Gentoo, INSERT, Feather, and Coyote Linux distributions.


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Product Details

  • Series: Bible (Book 337)
  • Paperback: 829 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2005 edition (February 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764579495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764579493
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,940,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
It seems like a lot of the Linux books out there right now pick a single distribution and teach you that one. Wiley's Linux Bible (2005 Edition) by Christopher Negus takes a different approach that may be valuable to you.

Chapter List:

Part 1 - Linux First Steps: Starting With Linux; Running Commands from the Shell; Getting into the Desktop

Part 2 - Running The Show: Learning Basic Administration; Getting on the Internet; Securing Linux

Part 3 - Choosing and Installing a Linux Distribution: Installing Linux; Running Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux; Running Debian GNU/Linux; Running SUSE Linux; Running KNOPPIX; Running Yellow Dog Linux; Running Gentoo Linux; Running Slackware Linux; Running Linspire; Running Mandrakelinux; Running a Linux Firewall/Router; Running Bootable Linux Distribution

Part 4 - Running Applications: Paying Music and Video; Working with Words and Images; E-Mailing and Web Browsing; Gaming Alone and Online

Part 5 - Running Servers: Running a Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) Server; Running a Mail Server; Running a Print Server; Running a File Server

Part 6 - Programming in Linux: Programming Environments and Interfaces; Programming Tools and Utilities

Appendix A: Media; Appendix B: Entering the Linux Community; Index

The main difference I see in this book is the lack of focus on a particular distribution. The different chapters (with the exception of Part 3) are all designed to teach you the basics of Linux apart from any flavor. This allows you to learn core skills that can transfer between whatever distribution you might be using at any given time. Part 3 gives a short coverage of each major distribution available on the market.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David L. Manning on October 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
The back of the book claims it's recommended "Beginner to Advanced." That's a bit of a stretch. This is probably a good book for someone new to the glories of Linux who wants to be told what and when to type. It also provides a decent overview of what specific applications are out there. This book answers questions like, "Are there any applications that'll let me hook up my digital camera?" If you're looking for a tome-like reference book that'll be there when you need to find out how to configure some obscure daemon or interpret cryptic dmesg output, then you should probably look elsewhere. (And if you find it elsewhere, let me know!)

The book comes with alot of linux distros on a DVD and CD, but most of these are several versions out of data at this point and you'll probably end up downloading newer ISO's and burning your own CD's anyway. If you already know which distrubution you're going to use, get a book specific to it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Max on January 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
While the Linux world develops by the day, and new advances and Kernels are constantly being updated, this book remains a helpful and near essential tool for a beginning Linux user. From the absolute basics to a moderately advanced approach, this book offers a huge amount of tips as to which direction to approach Linux. I would suggest that anyone reading this book actually download and install the most recent distributions rather than installing the outdated ones on the disks.

The author definitely has a strong presence throughout the book, giving a tone of guidance necessary to those new to the operating system.

Though this book is excellent in it's own respect, never rely solely upon it, and stock up on Linux books. This book seems to wax over the command line, among other small facets of Linux that need to be explored in greater detail, so I would Suggest Linux in a Nutshell, or any of the other fantastic O'Reilly books as a companion to this book

Content: 4/5

Exploration: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Completeness: 5/5

Overall: 5/5
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chris Negus on March 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've listed some of the ways that the Linux Bible helps people have a good first experience with Linux or with a Linux distribution that's new to them. If this stuff sounds cool to you, you should consider buying the book.

The Linux Bible includes a DVD that boots to a live Linux (called KNOPPIX), where you can test that Linux works BEFORE you touch your hard disk. If it does, you can reboot and install Red Hat's Fedora Linux from the same DVD. If you only have a CD drive, the book also includes a CD with a small, bootable Linux and a Debian Linux installer. (Six other Linux distributions are included as well.)

If you only have one computer and it's dedicated to Windows, you can resize your hard disk to allow Linux to coexist with it. Linux Bible tells you how to resize Windows partitions and gives you tools for doing it.

Because security is critical to any computer connected to the Internet, Linux Bible describes how to set up firewalls, watch incoming ports (with Portsentry), scan incoming mail, and monitor log files.

Linux Bible describes how to connect to the Internet, do email and Web browsing, play music and video, and write documents. It also introduces how to set up Web, mail, print, and file servers.

Any introductory Linux book you buy should have a good tutorial on the shell and at least an overview of major administration tools (such as YaST and system-config tools). Linux Bible has those things.

Because Linux is represented by several Linux distributions, Linux Bible describes how those distributions are different, communities surrounding them, and where you can go to get help (forums, mailing lists, etc.) for each of them.

-- Chris Negus

Author: Linux Bible
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