Linux Mint Essentials Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jay LaCroix

Jay LaCroix is a Linux Administrator with over 12 years of experience and nine certifications. He is a technologist who enjoys all things tech, including (but not limited to) hardware, software, servers, networking, and development. When Jay is not buried in a plethora of computer books, he enjoys photography, music, gaming, and writing. Jay is passionate about open source software, especially Linux, and its longterm adoption. Jay is also the proud author of the selfpublished Scifinovel, Escape to Planet 55.


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  • File Size: 13649 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (May 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KJX441E
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Packt Publishing ([...]) is a technical book company based in Birmingham in the UK, although some of their employees appear to be located in India. They produce a wide range of books, mainly focused on Internet technologies. Their previous Linux-based productions include books on CentOS, shell scripting, Kali Linux, Arch Linux and Linux Mint administration. At 329 pages, Linux Mint Essentials is one of their longer efforts. The book is aimed at new users of Linux and Mint, It’s priced on the website at $A25.49 for an ebook edition in Mobi or EPUB, and $A49.99 for a print version with the ebook version included. Print and Kindle versions are also available through Amazon, and a print version through Barnes & Noble. I used the PDF and EPUB versions in writing this review.

The layout of the book is unimaginative but clean, and largely text-based. There are graphics – usually screenshots – every few pages, but not always at the most helpful points. The EPUB version makes better use of colour than the PDF and printed versions, but as usual it seems to have been regarded as a by-product of the printing process rather than a valuable format in its own right – straight quotes appear rather than smart quotes, for instance. Both versions have a hyperlinked tables of content and an index. The usual typographic conventions are used to indicate tips, tricks and terminal commands.

The book begins with an overview of Linux and distros in general, making a few of the usual odious comparisons disparaging Microsoft Windows and the Apple Macintosh system. I know this is a common tactic, and I’ve done it myself, but perhaps it’s time the Linux community just let it stand on its merits. There’s a tip of the hat to Ubuntu, but not to Debian.
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The book consists of 12 chapters, plus three appendixes and additional front material. Its general layout is rather pleasant.

The first chapter, “Meet Linux Mint,” contains the customary self-advertisement about one’s distribution, found in all similar books. Mint is advertised as more popular than Ubuntu, but counting the number of questions asked about these distributions on some news website is certainly not a reliable technique. Also, presenting a distribution with only screen copies of its desktop is disappointing.

Chapter 2, “Creating Boot Media and Installing Linux Mint,” assumes that the reader knows Windows; everything is explained with reference to this system. Planning the partition scheme is often not explained at all in Ubuntu books, as this is considered too complicated for a beginner. However, this book demonstrates that this concept can be explained clearly and simply.

Chapter 3 presents Cinnamon, the desktop environment of Linux Mint, or rather one of the available desktop environments. One of the major goals of the people who developed Linux Mint was to provide an alternative to Unity, the new desktop environment defined for Ubuntu version 10.10, which was much criticized by Ubuntu users. In fact, Cinnamon can be used with Ubuntu in place of Unity.

One of the most useful though almost hidden features of all Linux desktop environments is the possibility of having several workspaces. This allows for several different screens with different applications running on them. Thus, you no longer need to minimize your current application in order to maximize another one. But several desktop environments, including Unity and Cinnamon, underemphasize this capability.
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Truthfully I haven't loaded this distro yet but I certainly intend to in the near future. I have already read this book and refer back to it as I progress in my understanding of Linux's various systems. I'm learning on LUbuntu first and then will switch over to Linux Mint Mate and Cinnamon as these two are what I really desire in my computer after Windows XP PRO.

Since this Book is up to date currently, it IS very interesting to me and easy to understand for the most part. Yes, I know that it is a costly Book but specialized information generally is. I certainly feel that its High cost is well worth the price. Thank you.
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For anyone who is using Windows and want to try out Linux. The book covers the basics of the Cinnamon desktop environment for common tasks. Later chapters introduces the reader to more advanced administration scenarios (eg. user, firewall, file permissions) as well as the Linux command line.
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Its a very in-depth book with quite a bit of information, and the author put a a lot of effort into writing it, but I found a large portion of the content about Linux Mint was not correct and some instructions did not follow core Mint philosophies. I also was not sure if it was meant to be a book for new users or technical users, it was in a grey area of both. I'm glad people are wanting to write about Linux Mint, and spreading the word, but I hope in the future, they do some more research.
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Half way through the book currently. Somewhat poorly written. Unclear.
Often poor or incorrect phrasing/word choice. Very wordy.
A single 1-page diagram with captions would be better than several paragraphs of words that span multiple pages that refer to some text output several pages before.

Take e.g. one section:
When describing "ls -l," he assumes you already understand it, by assuming you know what the date/timestamp means.
Because he just calls it a date/timestamp of the file. Yes, it pertains to the file. But what is it? Creation date/time? Modified date/time? It's modified date/time, but he thinks it's a good idea to leave it a mystery.

Purposely tries to plump up the # pages in the book when explaining the "." and ".." directories for no good reason.
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