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SUSE Linux 1st Edition
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The book is very practical, giving detailed instructions for a range of key tasks in the installation and use of SUSE 10.1. But the information given goes beyond this, and is of use with other versions and distributions. For example, the "why" of the tasks is explained in some detail, and there is also a significant amount of command line usage shown.
Beyond the explicit content, the author gives pointers to URLs and more dead tree resources for those that want to explore the topics further.
In short, this book is worth buying, even if you have already have the printed documentation from a Professional version of SUSE.
I read this book from cover to cover and learned a lot in the process. It is approachable and well written. It is technical but good at explaining and teaching.
Like the install section, the rest of the book is basics only. Not much in the way of troubleshooting, either.
I'm not saying it's not a good book. It may be perfect for the transition user, someone going from Win to linux and primarily interested in using desktop applications and doing simple admin tasks. Perhaps for that user segment, this is a five-star book. I wanted a bit more and for that, it doesn't deliver.
An example is during the install section. There's no info on dual-booting a machine. I don't want to speak for others, but I imagine that's a common install of linux. It's certainly what I wanted to do. No info was contained on how to do it, however. The install that is done in the book offers little in explanation of 'why' you would do things - just do them. Again, perhaps only a fault if you want something other than a vanilla single-boot machine installation.
Lastly, the book references version 10.1 and shipping version is 10.2. Some things have changed although not enough to say the book needs updating.
It did get me started allocating space, partitioning and help somewhat in the first overall installation. However, even that was not completely as described and I am now at a point where I must seek elsewhere. Not a happy position after the cost of this book.
If you are looking to work with SUSE Linux now or in the future, pick up this book, you'll be glad you did!!