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Red Hat Linux7 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) Paperback – November 15, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0764507953 ISBN-10: 0764507958 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd edition (November 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764507958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764507953
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,379,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Complete version of Red Hat Linux 7 on 3 CD-ROMs

Set up Red Hat(r) Linux(r) 7 as your all-in-one workstation

The fun and easy way(TM) to set up, connect to the Net and get to work This friendly guide shows you step-by-step how to install Red Hat Linux on your personal computer - and declare independence from Windows(r). From setting up e-mail to working with Red Hat Linux applications, it delivers just what you need to put Linux to work. all this on 3 bonus CD-ROMs Includes the complete version of Red Hat Linux 7 Plus firewall scripts, Internet utilities, games, tools to create images, and more! System requirements: Intel 486 and higher PC with hard drive, CD-ROM drive, and 3 1/2 floppy drive. See CD Appendix for more information about using the CD-ROMs.

Discover how to: Install Red Hat Linux 7, step-by-step Connect to the Internet Troubleshoot installation glitches Work with files and directories Download and install RealPlayer 7 Get up to speed with StarOffice Secure your computer with a firewall

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About the Author

Jon "maddog" Hall is the author of Linux For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and a frequent speaker at Linux conferences. Paul G. Sery works at the Sandia National Laboratory and is the author of several books on Linux.

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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book sets itself apart from other Red Hat 7 books:
1. It actually contains a Red Hat 7 CD. Most other books, I have looked at, still carry only a Red Hat 6.2 CD.
2. I provides clear instructions on how to create an installation disk from Linux. All other books, I have looked at only explain how to create an installation disk from DOS.
3. It provides step by step instructions on how to burn CDs with Red Hat Linux. It even gives you step by step instructions on how to set up an IDE CD-ROM drive to burn CDs. All other books, if at all, might talk quite some about Linux CD burning, but do not tell you how to do it.
4. It explains how to download, install and use RealPlayer. I have not found this information in any other book.
If you want to get up and running fast with Red Hat Linux 7, this book is your choice. If you want to have a lot of in-depth information about the Linux operating system, look elsewhere.
Thomas Kirsch
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
This title, as it suggests, is great for the complete newcomer to Red Hat Linux, and it focuses on those migrating from Windows operating systems. It teaches basic commands to navigate and very basically run a personal RH Linux machine.
DON'T buy this book looking for a resource that will show you how to administer a Linux machine. DON'T buy this book looking for a resource that will show you how to set up a Web/e-mail/FTP/SSH, etc. server.
DO buy this book if you have never really used a Linux machine, and are looking for an introduction. DO buy this book if you are sick of Windows and are looking around to see what other opportunities are available.
Once again, this book serves as an excellent resource for beginning Linux, but don't expect it to offer any more than that.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 2001
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I'd recommend this book for anyone who wants to install Linux for the first time, as well as set up dial-up web access and e-mail, a printer, word processor, database, spreadsheet, presentation and appointment software (Star Office) without paying hundreds of dollars for it. Very readable and good selection of information. A good complement is Linux Networking For Your Office by Roderick Smith, once you know the basics of Linux and want to set up a network to share files.
This book would have gotten 5 stars if not for one bad omission... it doesn't say enough about dual-boot installations. in particular, it doesn't tell you that if you're installing Linux as a second operating system with Windows NT or 2000, installing LILO in your Master Boot Record will make Windows inaccessible. Since the instalation chapter does talk about non-destructive partitioning (which most people will only do for a dual boot system with windows) this caution should have been mentioned somewhere to keep beginners from making this mistake and losing their Windows partition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aura Rodulfo on March 7, 2002
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This book helps you out on everything, from installing Linux to getting internet on it using applications, listening to music on a very "english" based language writen for everyone to understand. I also found this book very entertaining because of small jokes here and there that made the book better and easier to read. I would really recommend this book to anyone starting to use linux.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 2002
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The main reason I bought the book is that I wanted to learn the basics of system administration-type stuff common to Unix and Linux. If that's what you want to learn, this ISN'T the book you want. The only parts of this book good for that purpose, along those lines, are about five chapters and appendixes (out of 28). If you want to learn to use the X Windows system (overlayed with GNOME or KDE) to make and use a Linux machine for purposes similar to those you'd use a Windows workstation, then this book's for you. However, I doubt most people who want to get deep into Linux really need a zillion chapters about GNOME. I mean, heck--if you want it and can install it, you are probably smart enough not to need a Dummies book to figure out basic productivity software.
I bought this book and used it to install Linux on Gateway Solo 1150 laptop. At first I partitioned the hard drive, but the book assumes you aren't going to use a partition, and the installation (and use of the book) will probably go most smoothly if you have a spare hard drive on a regular desktop workstation. There weren't detailed instructions for the special case of someone wanting to partition a hard drive on a laptop, and there was a serious problem (possibly just a problem with the CD) installing the X Windows system.
Also, the jokes were sometimes a little strained...
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Renee on August 27, 2001
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I don't think anyone actually tried handing this book to a non-Linux user (i.e. a Dummie), giving them a PC, and letting them try it. The instruction step literally at one point said "If you don't already know how to use (a tool), we reccommend you not use it" then went on to another topic. That would have been fine, except the fact was, you couldn't follow the steps in the book as laid out in the book without using that tool. Other instructions were skimpy, missing, or wrong. Seeing as how you can download Linux free on the web and burn your own CD, the only reason to buy this book for 30$ would be easy to follow instructions. Which this book DOES NOT HAVE. An awful book. And I've been using Shell for 9 years, while rebuilding Macs and PC (desktops and servers) for 6 years!
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