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4.0 out of 5 stars has a bootable linux CD, August 16, 2005
This review is from: Moving to Linux, Second Edition: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! (2nd Edition) (Paperback)
[A review of the 2ND EDITION, August 2005.]

A nice feature of the second edition is that it comes with a BOOTABLE CD. Another linux enthusiast, Klaus Knopper, came up with a popular variant of linux, now named Knoppix, that can be booted from a CD. Gagne uses this approach so that you can "test drive" much, though not all, of what he shows in the book. In other words, on your Microsoft computer, you can boot off the book's CD and try the various linux applications and environment for yourself. Without having to install linux or do anything to your existing Microsoft installation. Cool.

The utility of this is hard to overstate. If you have no background in linux, you might naturally be trepid in converting to it. But now, you are not limited to just reading the text and admiring the screen shots. You can actively try out the Knoppix linux desktop. And the OpenOffice applications that come with it. These have much of the functionality of the Microsoft Office suite. But OpenOffice is free. Gagne stresses this. A very capable free word processor. Ditto for a spreadsheet. Etc.

Linux even has a portfolio of games. Gagne describes a bunch of them. Poker. Mahjongg. Solitaire and others. Comparable to the default games that come with a Microsoft operating system. Though, in fullness, you should be aware that the latest non-Microsoft games, especially the twitch ones, tend to be written for the Microsoft platform. There are not really that many powerful, popular games for linux.
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