- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (November 30, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 059651493X
- ISBN-13: 978-0596514938
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knoppix Hacks: Tips and Tools for Using the Linux Live CD to Hack, Repair, and Enjoy Your PC 2nd Edition
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About the Author
Kyle Rankin is a system administrator for QuinStreet, Inc., the current president of the North Bay Linux Users Group, and the author of "Knoppix Hacks", "Knoppix Pocket Reference", and "Linux Multimedia Hacks" (all from O'Reilly). Kyle has been using Linux in one form or another since early 1998. In his free time, he either writes or does pretty much the same thing he does at work: works with Linux.
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The Knoppix version 5.1.1 DVD is included with the book. Since Knoppix is a live-boot DVD, arguably the premier live-boot DVD, you don't have to modify your system's hard disk in order to try out most of the ideas in the book. This makes for a great environment for experimentation and learning. You have a sandbox in RAM where you can play with new concepts and commands without messing up your hard disk.
In this reviewer's opinion, Knoppix Hacks 2nd edition is one of the very best computer books available, and belongs in the library of every technically-inclined PC owner.
Full Disclosure: The publisher, O'Reilly, gives many books to Kernel-Panic Linux Users Group for review. I am a founding member of the group and am currently serving as its treasurer. The review copy of Knoppix Hacks went to another member, and I purchased my own copy. A more complete review and errata is available on my website.
This book is well-organized, well-written, and has both depth and breadth. It is an excellent resource for learning Linux. Although many of the recipes cover advanced topics, they are relatively easy to follow in part because they start with the system in a known state -- booted from the included Knoppix DVD.
Knoppix Hacks covers everything from familiarizing you with the KDE desktop, to mastering your own customized Knoppix DVD. Two examples: Do you want to learn the basics of Linux system administration? Read Chapter 5, "Put Knoppix in Your Toolbox". Do you want to use free software for Windows system administration -- possibly saving hundreds of dollars? Read Chapter 7, "Rescue Windows".
There are a lot more pros I could list, but you get the idea.
I found a few cons, but they are very minor:
The included version of Knoppix is not suitable for really old PCs that lack DVD drives. But, the text explains how to download and burn your on copy of the Knoppix CD version.
On the copyright page, my copy shows a printing date of November 2007 and a copyright date of 2008 -- that seems odd.
The book contains a few terms and phrases that the editor probably should have changed. In the in forward they say some "forged new ground" instead of "broke new ground". They talk of "MD5sum" rather than "md5sum", the command, or "MD5 sum", the algorithm.
It says right here on the Amazon page: Publication Date: November 20, 2007
That's almost exactly 6 years back as I write this.
So please do not expect the book to contain as much about the current (7.2) version of Knoppix! Fortunately there is now a fairly decent selection of information on line.
This -could- be useful to somebody researching historical aspects of Knoppix, but not that much help with today's release.
Only recommended for students of old software.
I was able to get my Nvidia card synced up to my SyncMaster at 1680x1050 with depth of 24...AND...it is persistent. For that alone, the book paid for itself.
At the moment, I'm finding, with the help of this book, that Knoppix may be the do-all system I've been searching for. Currently, I'm running Ubuntu 7.10 and LinuxMint. What I want is a thin streamlined Linux and I think I've found it with the help of this book.
BTW, some of the files pointed to in the book do not exists but can be found on the net.