- Series: For Dummies
- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 5 edition (July 8, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118844351
- ISBN-13: 978-1118844359
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Linux All-in-One For Dummies 5th Edition
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From the Back Cover
8 BOOKS IN 1
- Getting Started with Linux
- Linux Desktops
- The Internet
- Linux Certification
Get up and running with the popular Linux operating system
Are you a Linux user looking to take your skills to the next level? Linux All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition is the ideal, user-friendly resource for anyone looking to get familiar with Linux, and includes a test-prep section for those studying to pass the Level-1 Linux certification. Everything you need is right here at your fingertips!
- Boot up with the basics — find out how to successfully install, troubleshoot, and configure Linux distros
- Keep it secure — get a high-level view of how to use security to keep your overall framework protected
- Get connected — discover how to connect your Linux system to the Internet, whether you have a DSL or cable modem
- Know the GNOME (and more) — learn all about desktops, including GNOME’s common features, GNOME panels, Unity, and Cinnamon
- Be a programming pro — start programming in Linux, write shell scripts, edit text in vi, and become a champion of programming in C
Open the book and find:
- An easy-to-understand introduction to Linux
- How to install and configure peripherals
- Ways to work with the shell and try out basic commands
- Helpful screenshots and plain-English descriptions
- How to set up Ethernet networking on your Linux system
- The latest on virtual machines
- A primer on TCP/IP
- Working with files, folders, and permissions
About the Author
Emmett Dulaney has authored over thirty books, including the CompTIA Security+ Guide, 3rd Edition. He is the former Director of Training for Mercury Technical Solutions, and is currently an instructor at Anderson University.
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This book, however, is massively out of date, and appears to have been sloppily edited. I'm only a few chapters in and here are a few of the things that I noticed right out of the box:
> Dulaney (author) recommends purchasing commercial software on your Windows computer in order to partition your hard drive, or using the "QTParted" (long-since renamed to the "KDE Partition Manager"; "GParted" is the one that 99% of distros has come with since 2009) available on the "few distributions available with a live CD" (EVERY single major distribution has a live CD). This is also ludicrous since the installer for EVERY SINGLE MAJOR LINUX DISTRIBUTION contains a partition manager that will set up the partitions for you - and does a good job. In fact, almost every major distribution has had an easy-to-use (not to mention, free) partition manager built into their installers since before 2008 - how out-of-date is this book?
> Dulaney doesn't even mention Linux Mint, the most popular distribution of Linux. Seriously?
> Dulaney says that Ubuntu uses the GNOME desktop, which it hasn't since 2009.
> Dulaney talks about the limited "online support" available for most mainstream distros. One has to assume he's referring to the online documentation pages, since every major distribution has a well-maintained support site (such as askubuntu.com) which he fails to point out to his readers.
> Dulaney doesn't even mention any of the major issues that Linux users will face in 2014, such as setting up a dual-boot with Windows 8 (which is extraordinarily difficult, especially considering the uEFI module), support for hiDPI screens (FHD and above), support for proprietary software (such as flash - necessary for a lot of web browsing, including YouTube), and support for newer hardware that might require proprietary drivers. In fact, he doesn't even include useful information to help one decide between distributions - just a bit about the history of the various companies. Somehow he manages to mention Ubuntu without mentioning Mark Shuttleworth or Canonical - a big no-no in my opinion.
> Dulaney recommends Xandros, a distribution that hasn't had a release since 2006.
> Dulaney claims that you're going to have to decide between GNOME and KDE, despite the fact that both Unity and Cinnamon are more popular than either GNOME or KDE, with MATE, XFCE, LXDE, SoS, and many other desktop environments becoming increasingly popular.
That's just a few of the biggest issues I noticed in the first two chapters alone. There's also a lot of inconsistencies in his writing; sometimes he will do something like recommend using "QTParted", then later in the chapter tell you that you should use "GParted" without acknowledging the discrepancy. Perhaps the rest of the book will change my mind, but from what I've seen so far, this book does not provide a remotely useful guide to Linux in 2014.