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Linux Made Easy: The Official Guide to Xandros 3 for Everyday Users

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ISBN-13: 068-9145705775
ISBN-10: 1593270577
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"It's a comforting and super helpful read, and is a real confidence builder. And, it contains the Xandros distro!" -- Free Software Magazine, March 23, 2006

...captures an energy and enthusiasm for Xandros Linux that is clearly instructive, enlightening and enthusiastically energetic. -- Kickstart News, September 2005 (

A good book and a good flavor of Linux. -- On Computers, September 2005 (

A great way to get installed and get comfortable using Linux in everyday life. -- InfoWorld, September 7, 2005 (

A must have for every public library. -- Linux Librarian, September 25, 2005 (

An excellent starting point for Linux users. -- Midwest Book Review, October 2005

Easy to read while containing a lot of information. Even for a long-time Linux user a lot can be learned. -- Writer’s Perspective, July 21, 2005,

If you're needing to get started with Linux, then settle in with Linux Made Easy. -- Blogcritics, September 14, 2005 (

It’s a good book and a good flavor of Linux. -- Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, September 14, 2005 (

Readers will learn how to do everything on their Linux machine that they used to do with Windows--perhaps even more. -- Planet Utica, September 22, 2005 (

About the Author

Rickford Grant is the author of Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been a computer operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is currently working as a teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press (August 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593270577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593270575
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,760,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Linux Made Easy is one of the most user friendly books on working with the Linux desktop around. Part of the reason is the choice of the Xandros distribution of Linux as the included distribution. For those not familiar with Xandros it is one of the most popular of the desktop versions because the focus is on a user-friendly implementation. The author provides the details on installation and goes into much more detail than most similar books. He follows that with the basics of how to use the various included programs as well as how to download and install other popular ones. This book contains lots of good, detailed information on customizing your system, adding printers, interfacing with your PDA, using the contact manager, surfing the Internet, setting email, working with music files, working with DVDs, working with the office productivity suite (OpenOffice), and even playing games. Because of the attention to detail and very non-technical writing style this is probably one of the best choices for the completely new user who wants to install and use Linux as their primary desktop OS.

These days one of the first questions people ask about a book with a Linux distribution included is whether it is a LiveCD that can run without installing to the hard drive. That is not the case with this Linux distribution. It must be installed to the hard drive but can be installed in a dual boot configuration. In my case I had a problem installing it but contacted the publicist who was very helpful and sent another copy of the disk. Xandros provides no support for the Open Circulation edition and so it was necessary to contact the publisher.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. F. Borman on November 7, 2005
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If you are a mainstream computer user, tired of the cost and vulnerabilities of the Microsoft Windows operating environment and ready to switch to Linux, this book and the included CD with the Xandros Linux distribution will give you the means and show you how. Pick up a copy and go for it. End of review - the rest is detail.

I installed the single Xandros Desktop 3.0 Open Cirulation CD on my old desktop computer that already was loaded with Windows ME and Linspire 5.0. I expected Xandros to overwrite Linspire, but it snugged up next to it in sisterly harmony. On reboot it offered a choice of Xandros, Windows, or Linspire, making it easy to compare the three. Xandros automatically recognized my router and broadband connection and allowed access to the Windows partitions on the computer as well as on my Windows XP laptop connected via Wi-Fi. It accessed all three partitions on a USB-connected external hard drive and recognized my Wacom Tablet as soon as I plugged it in. I also managed to install my network printer.

The basic Xandros Open Circulation distribution includes many Linux productivity programs, such as the Mozilla-Firefox browser, office suite, a paint program, a vast collection of multi-media tools, a calculator, personal organizer programs (including a Palm Pilot tool), some games, in short, most everything you need in daily computer use.

The book provides valuable guidance in getting the most out of the included programs. What is not obvious, until you read the book, is the inclusion of a utility called the Xandros Networks that makes it easy to find, download, and painlessly install a large number of additional programs on the Web.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kalwisti on December 22, 2006
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I agree with the other reviewers' positive comments about this book, and would like to point out that the material carries over well to Xandros 4 (with some minor exceptions). I did not order the book because of the Open Circulation Edition (OCE) CD-ROM but because I had purchased -- and installed -- Xandros version 4 (Home Edition - Premium). I first checked out a copy of "Linux Made Easy" from the local public library, and was pleasantly surprised that almost all of the instructions apply in Xandros 4 as well. So I ordered a personal copy from Amazon.

Although my boxed set of Xandros 4 includes an approx. 400-page, bound User Guide (admittedly a nice bonus), its writing style is terse and a bit dry. Grant's book is livelier and includes tips and tricks not found in the official User Guide. I especially like that he has hands-on, step-by-step mini-projects in almost every chapter. He holds your hand some without being condescending.

As an example of a minor difference, the first project in Chapter 10 involves scanning a photo using the scanning application known as Kooka. My version of Xandros did not have Kooka pre-installed, so I had to sidetrack and download the program from Xandros Networks (XN) -- a painless operation. Once I had Kooka installed, the remainder of the project worked exactly as he describes ...

I still have much to learn about Xandros but as I explore this operating system and get my feet wet with Linux, I am grateful to have "Linux Made Easy" as a resource. I think it has already saved me enough time to pay for itself.
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