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Linux(R) Desktop Garage

4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 0131494198
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From the Back Cover

Enter your Linux Desktop Garage

Don't just survive with Linux: thrive

Find tools & info to do practically everything, such as:

Ripping your CDs (&DVDs)

De-Spam-ifying your email

Capturing, editing, organizing your digital photos

Chatting with your Linux-deficient IM pals

Tracking your contacts, appointments, life

Transforming Firefox into easy blogware

Finding great substitutes for your Windows apps

Diving into a veritable plethora of games

Where you get the truth (unvarnished)

Where you get productive (quick)

Where Linux is fun (honest)

Your guide: Susan Matteson, real user, real expert

She reveals the fun stuff (from MP3s to desktop wallpaper)

Demystifies the essentials (from file management to passwords)

Simplifies the tasks they said were easy, but weren't (until now)

Where there's even more (plenty)

  • Step-by-step instructions for both Mandrake & Fedora Linux

  • Zero-hassle tips for managing & personalizing your PC

  • Gnoppix Linux on CD-ROM (run Linux without touching Windows)

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About the Author

Susan Matteson is an avid Linux user, Web developer, and creative writer in Portland, Oregon. Susan has contributed to Cold Fusion Developer's Journal and designed hundreds of websites. If you ask her what she does for a living, she will tell you that she is a super secret agent spy for the government working to interpolate Linux into every element of society, but that is when we just smile and try to ignore her.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (February 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131494198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131494190
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,105,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B.L. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
The major good point of this book is that it's organized in a way that's extremely logical for its purpose. Essentially each chapter focuses on a particular type of task you might want to do (play music, browse the internet, etc) and then goes over your options for that task. This makes it a simple matter to jump to the right section for the kind of software you need, and then read the information as help to figure out which specific program you want to try.

Another good point is that the author makes an effort to cover good options for both KDE and Gnome (focusing on Mandrake and Fedora as her example distributions, though anything using these desktop managers should behave in a similar way). This means the book covers the software that's likely to be available to the majority of users who might decide to try Linux.

An especially pleasing point is that she makes some effort to include information about what it'll be like to switch for former users of both Windows and Mac OS X. There's more information for Windows, but it's nice that she made the extra effort to be a little more complete.

On the other hand, if you want to give this book a try I'd suggest getting it as soon as possible. The author does a poor job of making the version numbers clear when she discusses particular pieces of software. As time goes by and the software evolves, it'll get more and more difficult to figure out whether the information this book gives you on a given program is still valid.

The software they chose to include is... odd. Though the book focuses on Fedora and Mandrake, the included CD houses a copy of Gnoppix. This is nice in the sense that Gnoppix is a type of Linux that you can put into your CD drive and run it on your computer without actually installing it.
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I was trying to learn how to use Linux, so I bought this book. Wow, this book was so easy to follow and learn from! I love that it was not a dry humorless procedure manual. I really learned so much from this book, and I am not really too computer savvy. I highly recommend this book.
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I've been looking to try out Linux for years. Most Linux books talk about servers and commands. This book gets right to the things that real people want to do. I loved that the chapters were organized by stuff like Getting Email, Browsing Online, Playing Music, etc. It makes it easy to turn to right what I need to know.

The introductions to the chapters are funny and the book never really gets dull. the author looks at the boring system parts like most of us would and helps get through it. I loved this book and am now running fedora core 3.
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Rocking book if you are just looking for a good time with some tasty uh...wait. Yeah! It's basic stuff, but for those of you in search of a gentle baptism into the spooky scary halls of Linux, look no further. There be great examples on doing the day-to-day stuff, and said stuff is laid out so you can do it all Windows style.

Not a book for those who are already cooking in the Linux world. Don't expect more than the basics. It's just a friendly way to rock the Linux with a GUI. Not as powerful as learning all the command line stuff, so *nix purist and wannabe monster *nix gods will want to steer clear. Also, even I can't say much for the included distro but if you have intertrons you can download the recommended Fedora or Mandrake. In fact, you will need to have some sort of internet access to take full advantage of this or any other Linux guide. We are dealing with constantly evolving open source software here. Of course just the fact that you can see this must mean you have a connection to the WWW.

Anyhow, I gotta say, I generally dislike technical manuals. Okay, I hate them. This one however I can get behind, for serious. Besides, the chapter introductions make me smile. Really, that's all that should matter. Right? At least for a guy like me who just wants to make his computer get internets and play video games.
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