- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 9 edition (August 10, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470467010
- ISBN-13: 978-0470467015
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Feature-rich, fast, and free — what's not to love about Linux?
You're going to love Linux, the open-source operating system that lets you create documents, browse the Web, work with audio and video files, and everything else you need without tossing your wallet out the windows. This easy-to-use guide tells you what you need to know to get a Linux desktop system installed, personalized, and working just for you!
- Start here — if you're new to Linux, learn what it is, how it works, and how to install it on your computer
Get to know the GNOME — and the KDE®, the two Linux desktops
Now the fun begins — enjoy music, video, and games; use the GIMP image editor; explore the Internet; and make Skype phone calls
Got work to do? — use the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software suite from OpenOffice.org
A teeny bit techie — discover how to handle file formats, create and manage user accounts, secure your system, and use virtual servers
Open the book and find:
- What "open source" means and how it works
When to consider a dual boot installation
An overview of different Linux distributions
How to use the Linux filesystem
Tips for adding software to Linux
How to burn CDs and listen to Internet radio
Cool Google Gadgets and how to add them to your desktop
Bonus DVD Includes
ISOs of Ubuntu Linux 9.04 and Fedora Core 11 Preview Edition for you to try
Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
About the Author
Richard Blum has been both a systems and network administrator over the past 20 years. He has administered UNIX, Linux, Novell, and Microsoft servers, and has helped design and maintain a 3,500-user network. Richard is an expert in working with and programming Linux.
Top customer reviews
Having not known anything about Linux I can honestly say that Richard Blum did an excellent job in writing this book. The way in which Richard explains things in layman terms makes it easy for just about anyone with some knowledge of computers to understand and feel comfortable learning Linux.
I strayed away from the for Dummies series some years back when I purchased a Network+ for Dummies and it did not meet the usual simple explanations I came to expect from the Dummies series but, Richard Blum and the Linux For Dummies, 9th Edition has restored my faith in the Dummies series books.
For some time now I have not enjoyed reading computer related books and mostly did so because I had to and not because I wanted to but, I have really enjoyed reading this book. I would recommend purchasing this book to anyone new to Linux with a bit of computer knowledge looking to tap into what Linux has to offer.
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