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Linux All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) 1st Edition

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8 books in 1 — your key to exploring and running Linux!

Your one-stop guide to installing, using, even programming five Linux distributions

Here's Linux in eight handy minibooks — plus a DVD with Fedora Core 3 and Knoppix ready to install! This helpful reference walks you step by step through installation and setup for each distribution covered, navigating the desktop, networking, getting online, managing administration and security, working with Linux servers, and even programming. Choose your favorite flavor and get going today!

Discover how to:

  • Install and use Fedora™ Core, SUSE™, Debian®, Xandros®, or Knoppix
  • Configure and troubleshoot Linux
  • Set up a LAN
  • Transfer files with FTP
  • Perform security audits
  • Run Samba and NFS

About the Author

Naba Barkakati is an electrical engineer, expert programmer, and software developer. He's the author of more than 25 books, including Red Hat Linux 9 Professional Secrets.
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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Computers)
  • Paperback: 803 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764579363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764579363
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Matlock on May 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really only have one complaint about this book. Other than that, it's excellect. The book is intended for the almost newbie. That is someone who knows how to turn the machine on, knows that a mouse is a plastic thing with buttons instead of a furry thing in the pantry, and so forth.

The book is divided into eight major subsections, or as the book says, 8 mini books. These are intended to be self standing so that if you want to set up an internet server you really only to read that particular book (but you may want to read a couple of others like the ones on administration and security).

Like a lot of Linux books, this one comes with a DVD disk, filled with lots of software (the DVD can hold a lot more data than a conventional CD). Or for $11 you can order a set of CD's that contain the Fedorea 3 Core distribution.

One point about the book I liked, he tells you how to make a partition to dual boot Windows and Linux. But he also comments that you might want to set up your experimental Linux system on a separate freestanding machine. This is clearly the way to go. I bought a computer at a thrift shop recently - 1 GHZ AMD Athlon - certainly not the hottest iron on the market, but it was only $75, including a 17" monitor. I've seen too many people screw up an installation and wipe out a hard drive to suggest that the newbie do a dual boot.

The problem I have with the book. He includes five flavors of Linux on the disk. In the first part of the book he goes a bit into the various distributions, but he never makes a solid recommendation. (There is a hint that this was the editors recommendation to get one book that would please the fans of any distribution.
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Clear and well-organised dissection of Linux in its various flavours. Although it leans to GUI usage more than many Linux books, it does not shy away from the command-line approach, which it does in an entirely unintimidating way - in fact, it made it quite enjoyabe.

Included is a CD with several Linux 'distros' and tools, which is all you need to get up-and-running with Linux. A true time-saver for the uninitiated wishing to evaluate the remarkable potential of Linux.
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Decent book decent price
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Good start for beginners who want to learn to explore the free world of Linux operating systems.
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