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Accessible Introduction to Linux,
This review is from: Linux in Easy Steps (Paperback)
When I first installed Linux on my computer back in the late 1990s the whole experience pushed me to the limits of my understanding of computers and operating systems. Were it not for advices from a few of my ueber-geek friends, I would have probably thrown my hands in despair and stayed well within the Windows realm. Fortunately, I persisted with improving my Linux skills, and have benefited tremendously from several powerful software tools that are still best when used within the Linux environment.
This book aims to take out as much of a pain as possible from switching to Linux for those who are not necessarily tech savvy. The book is very nicely formatted on a glossy paper with many useful images and screen-shots. It covers most of the basic Linux functionality and focuses almost exclusively on Ubuntu distribution. Nonetheless, most of the material is applicable for most distributions of Linux or Unix.
Despite this book's accessible style and easy to follow step-by-step instructions, the fact remains that Linux (especially in its command-line mode) is not the most user-friendly operating system environment. This book manages to simplify things as much as possible, but there are still many pieces of background information that need to be understood well before one becomes more comfortable with working in Linux. However, if you are willing to expand your knowledge on an ongoing basis, then this book would be a perfect first steps on that journey.