- Series: Bible (Book 100)
- Paperback: 912 pages
- Publisher: Wiley (December 27, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076454778X
- ISBN-13: 978-0764547782
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,309,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Red Hat Linux 7 Bible
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About the Author
Chris Negus has been working with UNIX systems, the Internet, and (more recently) Linux systems for nearly two decades. Over that time, Chris worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, UNIX System Laboratories, and Novell helping to develop the UNIX operating system. Features from many of the UNIX projects Chris worked on at AT&T have found their way into Red Hat and other Linux systems.
During the past few years, Chris has written several books on UNIX and the Internet, including the Internet Explorer 4 Bible and Netscape Plug-ins for Dummies for IDG Books Worldwide. He also co-authored several books for Que Corporation, including the Complete Idiot's Guide to Networking (second edition) and Using UNIX(second edition). Chris' other writings include articles for Internet World, NetWare Connection, and Visual Developer magazines.
At home, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife Sheree, and his boys, Caleb and Seth. His hobbies include soccer, singing, exercising with Sheree, and hiking the Wasatch mountains near his home in Salt Lake City, UT. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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But now not anymore! I wanted to give Linux another try and I shopped around for a good basic guide to Red Hat Linux. From the fair and honest reviews that this book, Red Hat Linux Bible, received on this page, I thought that this would be the best book to help me install the operating system and be able to configure and work with it.
Installation was much easier this time around. I think it was due more to my previous experience and being super cautious, but Mr. Negus' explanations and advice on what to expect during installation and the various types of installations helped out a bit.
But what is the most helpful feature of Red Hat Linux Bible is that it's an extremely good reference. There are so many features in Linux and the amount of programs included as part of the Red Hat Linux distribution, that I'm quite amazed that the author was able to cover as much as he did! The layout of the book is quite easy on the eyes. He gave good descriptions to many of the programs and features of Linux, and provided some of the most useful commands for each program or feature to get the beginner started. Of course, if he went on into an indepth treatise on *each* and *every* program or feature, the book would no longer be a "bible", but more like an encyclopedia, so he points the reader to the corresponding man pages (Linux' manual or information system) or web sites (so far I haven't found any dead links!) for more information on a particular package and for downloading newer versions.
I have to admit, though, that sometimes it IS a bit hard to find the information that you're looking for. But if you persist in your research, you WILL find it. It IS there! For example, I had a hard time finding out how to change the resolution of my monitor. I find the index at the back of the book quite helpful for the most part, but didn't find that particular topic there. As it turns out, Xconfigurator is the program you need to execute to change your resolution anytime after installation, but I found this information hidden away in Appendix A, which is the section on the programs (RPM packages) that come on the CD.
But other than that, I think Red Hat Linux Bible is a wonderful reference! I'm no longer intimidated by the technicalities associated with Linux and this book freed me to try out many of the packages that came on the CD without fear of messing up my computer.
Right now, I'm downloading Red Hat Linux 6.2 free and can't wait to install it! The book is worth buying!
I looked at the install section of the book to see if anything had changed. There were a lot more packages available than in the previous releases, but the basic install was the same, and went without a hitch from the bootable CD accompanying the book.
Upon closer reading, I wished I had stumbled across this book two years ago. Just about everything that I had laboriously gleaned from 4 other Linux/Unix books, including "RH Linux Unleashed" was contained in the first 180 pages or so of this book. In my opinion, this is a great 'kickstart' type of book. It doesn't cover everything, or cover anything in deep detail, however, it sure puts you on the fast track to getting familiar with linux.
The information is presented in a logical, step by step manner, that takes one comfortably through the installation, through the explanation of the where and the why of the RH filesystem structure, and the use of practical commands. The book got me through the ppp configuration files and isp dialup, (which has changed from 6.whatever), and the sound card configuration, (which never did work under 6.whatever), and my printer setup. (which also never worked under 6.whatever)
The book gives practical instruction on navigating the Gnome and KDE desktops and what applications are available and the click by click instructions on where to find them and brief descriptions of what they will do for you. (The bulk of the book is definitely Xwindows oriented as opposed to command line text oriented. That may or may not be an issue to some folks)
It also covers setting up a LAN, Multimedia,(including digital cameras -- my Nikon now downloads under Linux), Servers, System Administration and Security issues.
So far, everything that I have tried to do as mentioned in the book has worked, but, admittedly, I haven't tried everything yet.
All in all, well organized, clearly written and explained, and a very pleasant find.
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