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From the Back Cover

Feature-rich, fast, and free — what's not to love about Linux?

You're going to love Linux, the open-source operating system that lets you create documents, browse the Web, work with audio and video files, and everything else you need without tossing your wallet out the windows. This easy-to-use guide tells you what you need to know to get a Linux desktop system installed, personalized, and working just for you!

  • Start here — if you're new to Linux, learn what it is, how it works, and how to install it on your computer
  • Get to know the GNOME — and the KDE®, the two Linux desktops

  • Now the fun begins — enjoy music, video, and games; use the GIMP image editor; explore the Internet; and make Skype phone calls

  • Got work to do? — use the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software suite from OpenOffice.org

  • A teeny bit techie — discover how to handle file formats, create and manage user accounts, secure your system, and use virtual servers

Open the book and find:

  • What "open source" means and how it works
  • When to consider a dual boot installation

  • An overview of different Linux distributions

  • How to use the Linux filesystem

  • Tips for adding software to Linux

  • Troubleshooting advice

  • How to burn CDs and listen to Internet radio

  • Cool Google Gadgets and how to add them to your desktop

Bonus DVD Includes
ISOs of Ubuntu Linux 9.04 and Fedora Core 11 Preview Edition for you to try

Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

Richard Blum has been both a systems and network administrator over the past 20 years. He has administered UNIX, Linux, Novell, and Microsoft servers, and has helped design and maintain a 3,500-user network. Richard is an expert in working with and programming Linux.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 9 edition (August 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470467010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470467015
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ellon on November 9, 2009
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I have worked with computers for several years now, with my experience being with Microsoft Windows. I am new to the Linux world and have always been interested in knowing more after hearing such stories as Linux running for years without requiring a reboot as well as having many security systems run on Linux due to its security and wanting to get more into security in my career.
Having not known anything about Linux I can honestly say that Richard Blum did an excellent job in writing this book. The way in which Richard explains things in layman terms makes it easy for just about anyone with some knowledge of computers to understand and feel comfortable learning Linux.
I strayed away from the for Dummies series some years back when I purchased a Network+ for Dummies and it did not meet the usual simple explanations I came to expect from the Dummies series but, Richard Blum and the Linux For Dummies, 9th Edition has restored my faith in the Dummies series books.
For some time now I have not enjoyed reading computer related books and mostly did so because I had to and not because I wanted to but, I have really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend purchasing this book to anyone new to Linux with a bit of computer knowledge looking to tap into what Linux has to offer.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tek on March 3, 2011
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I read this book cover to cover hoping to learn a bit more about Linux than I've learned from just poking around on my own. In all honestly, I didn't learn a ton from this book that I didn't already know. I can't, however, blame the book for that. It is directed at people who are new to Linux. If you aren't incredibly tech savvy and want to jump into Linux (this is probably a minority demographic) then this is the book for you. If you're the average person getting into Linux who can handle booting to a Ubuntu CD and clicking your way through an install with half an ounce of intelligence then you can probably figure out just as much as this book teaches you on your own.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Melvin "Hamburger" on February 21, 2011
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I read this book even before I started with my Fedora 14 Linux, 4-disks DVD Installation and Reference Set, Ed.2011. As another reviewer mentioned, this book deals mostly with Linux graphical interfaces: GNOME and KDE. While I agree that it takes much more than mastering GNOME skills to claim knowledge of Linux, this book actually gives a prospective, explains in very simple language some concepts and serves as a friendly introduction to Linux computer. It provides that basic layer of knowledge that helps not to be overwhelmed by Linux. Can you be without it? Yes, sure, you can get roughly the same info from browsing GUI of installed Linux system, and reading help. But it can be said about almost any other book. If you need an intro to Linux for a complete dummy, this book will provide. I also learned from it some basic ways that helped in my first two days of Linux.
The distros that come on bundled DVD are horribly old and outdated and for this reason I took one star off the rating. It has no drivers for any newer computers and for the reason I purchased Fedora set as mentioned before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 25, 2012
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I read this book after teaching myself how to use the Linux OS. It is a good book and organized very nicely! It seems like it is a great jumping off point for any new user! It explains a bit but not everything. It tells you about Linux itself as an OS not as one of the distros, it comes with two ISO images of two different distros. It comes with Ubuntu 9.04 and I think Fedora 11. Both great Operating Systems but there are many more distros out there too! This book is great for new users but if youre a seasoned user looking for a reference stay away from this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Perdue on November 26, 2010
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I was given new responsibilites at work, which involved learning a new Linux-based software program, but the software training didn't include any Linux training. I was so glad I bought the book Linux for Dummies. I learned how the open-source software came about, learned details about many commands, and learned about the various features and applications that I had no clue existed on my Thin Anywhere Linux client. So now I know what I'm doing and even have a prettier desktop picture for when I'm running my technical application that runs on Linux. I especially appreciated the bits of humor sprinkled throughout the text and the easy reading aspect of the book and its many screenshot illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By frank walker on June 28, 2013
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Hi . I just want to say this is the book all users new to linux need to read it's laid out very simple for all to understand and it will help you navigate your way around your linux operating system what ever it may be so please give it a try it's well worth it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Raba on June 9, 2015
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Rather disappointed with this for dummies as others have been very good. Focuses too much on GUI s and not command prompt (which is what I was looking for).
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Gives information on what Linux can do. Lack information on how to get started using commands such as grep, though.
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