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openSUSE Linux Unleashed 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 067232945X
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DVD Includes openSUSE 10.3

 

openSUSE Linux Unleashedpresents comprehensive coverage of the community version of SUSE Linux, one of the most popular and most complete Linux distributions in the world.

 

This book provides detailed information on installing, using, and administering openSUSE. You'll learn how to unleash the vast array of software products included in openSUSE so that you can use it as a desktop computer, as a professional workstation, or as a powerful server.

 

openSUSE Linux Unleashedincludes a broad range of coverage: from using software you need everyday-such as email clients, web browsers, and productivity software including the OpenOffice.org productivity suite-to configuring and administering a wide range of network and server products, such as the Apache web server, and MySQL database.

 

Additionally, this book provides details on openSUSE's acclaimed YaST administration tools, web programming, networking, and choosing from a wide selection of graphical interfaces and desktop environments, including both KDE and GNOME.

 

  • Plan your openSUSE installation based on your computing needs
  • Configure and use the X Window System-the Linux graphical interface-and the two primary desktop environments for Linux-KDE and GNOME
  • Run OpenOffice.org and other productivity tools
  • Create your own websites and weblogs
  • Manage the kernel and its modules
  • Set up networks
  • Run the Apache web server
  • Use the LAMP web programming suite: Linux, Apache, MySQL, and the scripting languages Perl, Python, and PHP
  • Play music, video, and games
  • Preserve an existing Windows installation for dual-boot launching

 

DVD-ROM includes:

  • The complete openSUSE 10.3  binary distribution-the equivalent of five CDs-packed with thousands of applications and utilities
  • The latest Apache web server
  • Samba for Windows-based file and printer sharing
  • The OpenOffice.org office productivity suite
  • Games for the desktop
  • Hundreds of additional programs, utilities, and development tools

 

Register your book at www.samspublishing.com/register for convenient access to updates and other resources related to this book.

 

Michael McCallister has been making computing easier for the full spectrum of users for more than a decade. Currently a technical writing consultant with Compuware, he is also a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication and the National Writers Union. He has run a SUSE Linux installation since version 5.3 and knows firsthand how far the distribution has come over the years. BesidesSUSE Linux Unleashed, he is the author ofComputer Certification Handbook(Arco Press), and has had articles published inLinux Journal, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com,Java Developer's Journal,Internet Voyager, andIsthmus.

 

Category: Operating Systems/Linux

Covers: openSUSE Linux 10.3

User Level: Intermediate—Advanced

 

$49.99 USA / $56.99 CAN / £35.99 Net UK (inc. of VAT)™

 

About the Author

Michael McCallister has spent all of this century and a part of the last making computing easier for the full spectrum of user levels and experience. He is currently a technical writing consultant with Compuware.

 

Michael has run a SuSE Linux desktop at home since version 5.3 and knows firsthand how far the distribution has come over the years. Besides SUSE Linux 10 Unleashed, he is the author of Computer Certification Handbook, published by Arco Press (2000), and his technology stories have been published in places such as Linux Journal, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, Java Developer’s Journal, Internet Voyager, and Isthmus. He is a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication and the National Writers Union. He blogs about working, writing and open source at Notes from the Metaverse (http://metaverse.wordpress.com).

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067232945X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672329456
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,644,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book to help me get a feel for Linux, which I recently decided to install on my PC to dual-boot with Windows. Although reviews online seemed to suggest this book is for intermediate to advanced users, its actually a fairly good beginner's guide to SUSE Linux. If you already use Linux, you'll probably find this book useless. If you consider yourself an intermediate to advanced **Windows** user, and are thinking about migrating from Windows to SUSE Linux, you will probably find this book helpful in explaining the differences between Windows and Linux and how to overcome them.

That being said, there isn't much in this book that isn't already available for free online (including the Linux install DVD in the book, which can be downloaded from opensuse if you have a decent internet connection.)
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This title proved a disappointment for me.

First of all, most of the value of a book of this type is found in the fact that the enclosed installation DVDs match the directions in the book. Otherwise, one might as well use internet documentation. The chief problem in internet documentation is that it never quite fits the version of the distro you are using. However, this book does NOT match its DVD; as the author notes, the book was written before SUSE 10.3 came out, and the differences are annoying and, at times, important. An expert would not be troubled, but an inexperienced Linus user like myself can be stymied.

Which brings me to my second issue. I am not sure who the author intends as the audience of this book. The above problem, combined with background chattiness, makes this tough for a newbie, but the depth is not sufficient for medium or expert users. In my case, I needed some in-depth info regarding the apache server and regarding partitioning, and found in both cases that this text did not begin to give the necessary detail.

Third, the value of the book certainly depends on the installation disk. Downloading Linux on the net can be challenging and time consuming. (It's quite a large and slow download, for most distros, needs to be burned onto a DVD as an .iso, and then often fails a checksum check, meaning you need to start all over.) So buying the book takes the place of buying boxed disks. However, I wonder what percentage of the disks enclosed with this book are corrupt. By accident, I got two copies, and, of the two, one turned out to be good and one bad. Hmmm... Maybe just incredibly bad luck, maybe not.
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To start with, the book is outdated and shallow. It serves as a general intro for a beginner, assuming that you can get around differences between what is written in the book and an actual system.
I purchased OpenSUSE 11.3 Linux, 4-disks DVD Installation and Reference Set which is great and comes bundled with many books. Any of these freely included books totally eclipse this volume. Not to mention that you get a complete system with all included reference.
Today, when some best info on Linux is freely available online on web or as ebooks, this "unleashed" can't compete.
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This book is very nice, about every question that I had about Open SUSE is answered in this book, from configuring bluetooth to programing in C. I recomend this book to anyone interested in learning open SUSE
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As a user of SUSE Linux 10.0, I was hoping that this book would be a good addition to the information available online, and also allow convenient upgrade (on one PC) and a new install (on another PC). Sadly fails in both regards. I have already went through two books with corrupted/scratched DVD media. Let's see if the third time is the charm. At least Amazon is good about defective returns. On the print side, the book is all over the place. For installing openSUSE, it offers no useful information over what I already knew. The first three-quarters of the book is written at a very basic level (example: chosing a web brower, advising that difficulty in reaching the internet may be from using a "winmodem"). The last quarter of the book gets into advanced topics like kernal hacking and script programming without doing much more that just stating what those things are.
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OpenSuse Linux Unleashed isn't for the casual computer library, but for the college-level collection strong in openSuse installation, configuration and website management. Programmers receive an excellent overview on the program's applications, administration tools, functions in web programming and networking environments, and more, and come from a technical writer well versed in explaining the program to novices. An accompanying DVD includes openSuSe10.3, making it an excellent blend of tutorial and program.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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