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Red Hat Linux 9 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) Paperback – May 23, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0764539909 ISBN-10: 0764539906

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??entertainingly covers all the essential bases for getting started.?(Linux Format, August 2003)

From the Back Cover

Install and configure Red Hat Linux 9 – no experience needed!

Interface with GNOME,TM connect to a wireless network, and build a firewall

Put the power of the penguin in your PC with this handy, plain-English guide to Red Hat Linux 9. In no time, you can have Red Hat Linux installed, get connected to the Internet, play media files, work with Word documents, set up a Web server, customize your own flexible, powerful workstation, and do it all for peanuts!

All this on 2 bonus CD-ROMs

  • Publisher’s Edition of Red Hat Linux 9
  • Includes Apache Web Server, GNU™ compiler, GNOME and KDE Desktop, and more!
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (May 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764539906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764539909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,669,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Ramos on June 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
I cannot thank and commend the authors enough (John "Maddog" Hall and Paul G. Sery) for their outstanding job in writing Red Hat Linux 9 for Dummies (RHL9D). I have been looking for a quick and comprehensive book for Linux beginners like this one for a long time. This book may say it's for dummies, but after you are done with this, you will feel like a genius. Trust me, you NEED this book like Osama bin Laden needs a good shower and a fat missile to the arse!
I bought the boxed set (personal ed.) of Red Hat 9, and was able to get by with the manual included there for installing Red Hat (since it is pretty easy), but using the Red Hat desktop features is another story because the boxed set does not give you a user's guide (well, you do get a CD ROM that has the user's documentation, but who wants to wade through that??)! RHL9D will expertly guide you through the install and then show you how to "use" Red Hat 9. After all, if you are like me, the very first thing you want to do after installing an OS is to use music CDs (including burning CD's and watching DVD's), MP3's, games, e-mail, and surfing the Internet. RHL9D does it all and fast too!
Coming from the crash-prone, pay-for-everything MS Windows world, I was very skeptical in thinking RHL9D could quickly replace Windows. Red Hat spanked Windows plus a whole lot more (except crash)! Besides including a myriad of "free" utilities and games, you also get OpenOffice that is the equivalent of MS Office, and it can open your MS documents!! I have been waiting for the day when I could lose Windows for Linux. That day is here and I cannot be happier!
Don't worry, you can still use MS Windows because Linux partitions a section of your hard drive for it's own use, thus giving you a dual-boot system (Windows+Linux).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Murray on August 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is great for getting the newest version of Red Hat and getting step-by-step installation instructions, but the rest of the book does not get heavily into using Linux other than for connecting to the internet and using some basic programs. I was hoping for some stuff on shell programming, for example, but nothing at all like that appears in this book. Still, I would've been lost as far as partitioning and installing without this book. It just became a bit useless afterward.
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By A Customer on June 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I spent alot of time trying to get the included disks to install on various computers, but none of them would boot off the included CD. I finally went to the Dummies website, and found that the CDs are MISLABELED - Disk one is actually disk 2, and disk 2 is actually disk 1. To install, you therefore need to place the second CD in the drive first and boot off that DVD. It would be nice if Amazon would place that info near the top of the listing so customers would know when ordering.
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This started off for the newbie but quickly assumes you have run Linux before. Not a lot of detail in the area of text commands which is like old DOS and the core of the system. It did help in setup of the included CDs which I did not have a problem installing. All of the Linux distributions are quickly being snatched up by corporations making them more controlling just like the Microsoft empire. What every happened to Free or the idea of open source?
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