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Beginning SUSE Linux: From Novice to Professional 2nd Edition [Paperback]

Keir Thomas
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10 Nov 2006 Expert's Voice in Open Source
Written by award-winning author Keir Thomas, Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition is the comprehensive guide to openSUSE Linux 10.1, the community-created version of SUSE Linux. The book starts with an introduction to the world of Linux and the open source community, and this is followed by an illustrated step-by-step guide to openSUSE installation and hardware configuration. A special edition of openSUSE 10.1 is provided on the DVD-ROM that comes with the book. This version includes several additional items of proprietary software, as well as all the devel software packages, making for a comprehensive package. The book shows how to wield total control over your newly installed operating system. It will guide you through system customization opportunities and common tasks like listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, and performing office- and Internet-related tasks. A large part of the book is dedicated to advanced command-line techniques necessary to maintain your system and become a true Linux master! This second edition of the best-selling first edition has been boosted by 200 pages to over 700 in total, and has been completely revised and updated. Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition is the only print title to cover openSUSE 10.1.

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  • Paperback: 698 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2nd Revised edition edition (10 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596746
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 17.7 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 598,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has written several best-selling beginning-level Linux titles for Apress. A former computer magazine editor, he has been writing about computers, operating systems, and software for a decade. He has also edited many computing titles. Keir currently works as a full-time author and has written four books for Apress. He lives on the side of a mountain in England, and his hobbies include hiking and playing musical instruments.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners 14 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
Great book for beginners. Nice layout and simple explanations. It will certainly help you transition from windows to linux.

It falls down on the detail though and if you have linux background or want specifics on setting up servers etc then you should look at the SuSE bible.

I bought both together (or rather got them as birthday presents). I had some linux experience and have read the bible book cover to cover. I have referred to this one from time to time when I can't get what I need from the bible but the detail just isn't there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Linux for Starters 10 April 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because I was considering breaking the shackles of Microsoft Windows and wanted to learn about a Linux OS initially with a dual boot system and then with a native Linux Laptop.

It soon becomes clear Linux is a very different animal to Windows. It looks different works different and I found I needed a reference book to help with the transition from XP.

This book starts at a low enough level to help you install Linux and understand the system settings. With Linux you have to operate at a command line level sometimes and these commands are not like DOS. Unless you are familiar with Linux or UNIX I would recommend you get this book as it helps with some basic understanding.

The other area this book helps, is providing links to useful sites. For example to maintain compatibility of MS Word/Exel documents you need the MS font set. This book helps to find, download and install those fonts.

Overall a very good reference book, the included DVD is however for an earlier level of SUSE Linux than what is available for download (free) from the web.

If you are wanting to free yourself from costly slow MS operating systems and software, I can recommend both Linux and this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must be the best Linux guide for the beginner 20 Jun 2010
By Swampy
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I've read a few Linux guides but have been frustrated at what has been presumed to be basic knowledge - but coming from a Windows background I have been struggling to get even the most basic tasks done successfully on a SUSE box. I read one of the author's free Ubuntu guides on the internet and decided that I liked his style and the comprehensive nature of his guide, and so bought this book. This is what a beginners guide should be - easy to read, explains what can go wrong and how to fix it, plus is pretty comprehensive in its coverage. I give this book an easy 5 star rating, and as I said in the title - this must be the best Linux guide for the beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Linux for Windows Person A+++ (Vista Alternative) 17 Feb 2007
By Reviewer 00001 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have used Windows since the early 1990s. Went through 3.1 to 95 to 98 to XP (and I have one machine running Windows 2000 right now--I think that is the one place where MS did OK). Now with Windows Vista, it seems as if it will require many people to upgrade their hardware. I have several IBM Thinkpads T21, T30, and T42 and none of them will run Vista Business using its full features (do not have a sufficient graphics card). So, I decided to give Linux a try as a substitute for Windows Vista.

So I purchased Thomas' 2nd edition of his book and with the DVD installed SUSE 10.1 on my Thinkpad T30 laptop in less than an hour. Before purchasing this book I fiddled with some different Linux flavors (Fedora, Ubuntu, and Suse). Problem was while they are easy to install, I did not know what I was doing. Hence, this book is a greater owner's manual for Suse Linux.

The most difficult part was configuring a wireless network card to work. Very frustrating experience in Linux. Wireless networking is so important these days and with the frustration you encounter some people might throw their hands up in the air, give up, and return to Microsoft Windows. This book may prevent that from happening. At least it did for me.

Good Thing: With Thomas' book, I followed the instructions in Chapter 8 and was able to get my wireless connection up and running in about 15 minutes. This involves the use of ndiswrapper to work with the Windows driver. (BTW: I have the Linksys WPC54G Version 3 wireless card). Author wallks through this process and it was not as frustrating had I followed what people posted in forums. I am brand new to Linux.

The book is very readable and enjoyable. I am learning about the various features of Linux and how it operates. It is not Windows, it takes some getting used to, but in the amount of money you save, I think it might be a worthwhile investment. Less of a need for anti-virus software (which can save money) and if you have a broadband connection, you can always download the latest version of Linux, burn the image to a CD or DVD and then install it. Also, this distro comes with Open Office. This saves me a lot of money.

With Windows, Vista Business goes for about $200 and another $350 or so for Office 2007. Antivirus software can cost $50 and then you have pay $30 per year to subscribe to updates. Alternatively, I purchased this Suse Linux book for $39 at my university and have everything I need in a stable operating system.

The author does bash Microsoft from time to time, but that should not bother you because most people give Linux a try after dissatisfaction with Microsoft anyway. With open-source software people have donated their programming skills, time, and energy to advancing this software. So many people can look at the code and find bugs and then these can be repaired swiftly.

Author explains how to secure computer with a firewall. Also, there are a few anti-virus options for Linux and author mentions them. But they are for the most part unnecessary because most virus writers want to inflict the most damage and most people use Windows so they write viruses for Windows. A study by Sophos in 2003 indicated about 40 Linux viruses compared to 1,000 new Windows viruses per month (p. 164). That is why with my Windows machines I was always obessing over Windows updates and scanning for viruses once per day. I was looking around on the internet and noticed that the Defense Department in the United States uses Linux--guess that says something about its potential for security.

Thomas does a great job of explaining how to secure your computer and how to do tasks that a Windows user might need to know in making the switch. I highly recommend using this book to get into Linux as I have been very successful in doing nearly every task I did in Windows. To the extent that you run into any snafus, Thomas' book is great to have on the shelf to solve the problem.

I have a feeling that I am going to be sticking with Linux instead of purchasing Microsoft Vista.

Thank you Mr. Thomas for this superb introduction to Linux.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Beginning Suse Book.. 29 Dec 2006
By B. Turney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I am a Linux newbie, and went with SUSE Linux on the recommendation of a friend. You can tell this author is VERY anti-Microsoft... which is fine, I certainly don't think Windows is the best operating system available, but I almost gave this book 3 stars just because all of the Microsoft bashing got pretty annoying. If you can get past that, this is a really good SUSE book, especially for beginners
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book and distro for Linux. 9 Mar 2007
By D. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Install was easy. I do have a problem with the DVD player and the codex instructions, but other than that everything installed easily. My install was dual boot with XP. The partition and dual boot tools worked fine. The book is clearly written and easy to follow. If you are looking at LINUX for the first time I would recommend this book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Look elswhere 24 April 2009
By Latro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this hoping to get some insight into SUSE 11.1. I was very dissapointed. There are three major annoyances with the book.

The first is the constant bashing of Microsoft Windows. Lines like "...and it puts the features in a similar Microsoft product to shame." Or words like, "this works just like windows only much better". This becomes irritating after a while especially when most applications written for MS Windows work damn well.

The second problem is that nothing he explains works the way Keir says. Part of this is due to changes in SUSE; the other reason may be documenting from memory rather than actual practice. So you spend a lot of time re-reading the explanations because they don't jive with what is happening on your screen.

The third is that the material is either oversimplified or is lacking sufficient explanation. The stuff most people are familiar with is covered in depth and the things you don't know about are sketchy.

Do yourself a favor while saving money and just use the online documentation at suse.org. Here is the link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best SUSE Linux book I've seen. 30 May 2007
By Mark Neal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Unlike other SUSE books I've read, this has answered all my questions so far.

There is even advice on improving Linux fonts and an entire chapter on the BASH shell (with an appendix of BASH commands). Also, a short history of Linux and OSS. Book has a somewhat pro-Linux anti-MS tone. Makes a handy reference for looking things up.
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