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About the Author

Arturo Fernandez Montoro

Arturo Fernandez Montoro is a software architect specializing in design, development, testing, and deployment of high-traffic web applications.

Since 2002, he often writes for different Linux and Open Source printed and online magazines, such as Todo Linux, Linux+, Linux Magazine, and Free Software Magazine. Also, he has written the iPhone JavaScript Cookbook for Packt Publishing.

His professional experience includes technologies such as Django, Ruby on Rails, J2EE, PHP, web application servers, relational and NoSQL databases, JavaScript, HTML5, and CSS. He spent the last three years working as a software architect and a Python/Django lead developer.

Currently, Arturo lives in Madrid working as a software architect for QDQ Media, the biggest online marketing agency in Spain. He can be reached at arturo@bsnux.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (December 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849519609
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849519601
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By just being Frank on June 30, 2013
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Though I've been running Linux Mint for a number of years, and like it considerably over many other Linux distros out there, there is only one reference I've found... and this is it.

This is a beginner's only reference, but useful. The text is based on Mint "MATE", a single window desktop, and does not include Mint "Cinnamon", a multi-window desktop. Cinnamon is little more complex, more robust, more interesting purely because of the desktop features and options. It's not overwhelming, and would be easy for the authors to cover in it's own separate chapter, but they did not. I recommend Cinnamon, and a sprinkling of curiosity on your part to give this option a try. This book will still apply.

The "installation" section describes downloading an ISO image and... stop there, go buy a cd/dvd for a few bucks and make things easy on yourself. Throw it into your optical (cd/dvd) drive, and boot, ensuring first you can boot from your optical drive, as described in this book (useful beginner info). Good grief. Moving on...

Some of the examples refer to server options.... wait, this is a beginner's admin book, so get real: if you're into servers, you're no longer a beginner. 'nuff said on this point.

Some examples are shallow, not much detail on why you'd want to do "x", and not much on how to do "x", and NO info on when "x" doesn't work as believed. Some context could be improved. Some fallback methods or explanations would be helpful to anyone.

Mint is based on Ubuntu (which is based on Debian), a very popular Linux distribution. But Ubuntu seems to have catered recently to ... who knows who, but their new desktop is strange to old Gnome or KDE users like me. And I tried Mint as an alternative to Ubuntu and liked it immediately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2013
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i found it gave very simple commands and did not fit my needs as far as an admin goes. i wish it offered more along the lines of the command line prompts for more serious inquiries.
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By A H on April 28, 2014
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I am new to Linux. After reading this book, I was able to download and use all features of Mint.
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A good book if you use Mint, user friendly Linux book with a lot of good info. Great for new and seasoned Linux admins!
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