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9 books in 1– one great price for nine handy, quick reference guides! Your one–stop guide to the latest release of this popular Linux distribution Get ready to tip your hat to the latest version of Fedora! From installing Fedora on your PC and using OpenOffice.org to securing your system and setting up servers, the nine minibooks show you how to make the most of the new Fedora Core 2. Fedora Core 2 is the second release with the new product name, which is the result of the merger of the Red Hat Linux distribution with the Fedora Project. The DVD contains all the software and source code of the 9–CD full Fedora Core 2 distribution Discover how to: Build cool installation and networking projects Set up a Local Area Network (LAN) Run Internet servers on Fedora Perform basic system administration Upgrade and customize Add a wireless Ethernet LAN

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Naba Barkakati is an electrical engineer and a successful computer–book author who has experience in a wide variety of systems, ranging from MS–DOS and Windows to UNIX and Linux. He bought his first personal computer — an IBM PC–AT — in 1984 after graduating with a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park. While pursuing a full–time career in engineering, Naba dreamed of writing software for the emerging PC software market. As luck would have it, instead of building a software empire like Microsoft, he ended up writing successful computer books. Currently, Naba is a Senior Level Technologist at the Center for Technology and Engineering in the U.S. General Accounting Office. Over the past 15 years, Naba has written over 25 computer books on a number of topics ranging from Windows programming with C++ to Linux. He has authored several bestselling titles, such as The Waite Group’s Turbo C++ Bible , Object–Oriented Programming in C++ , X Window System Programming , Visual C++ Developer’s Guide , Borland C++ 4 Developer’s Guide , and Linux Secrets . His books have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, French, Polish, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Naba’s most recent book is Red Hat Linux 9 Professional Secrets , also published by Wiley.

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850 Pages on Linux For Dummies 19 Sept. 2004
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Although this titles clearly says that it's For Dummies, you'd best not be too terribly stupid to expect to tie into an 850 page book on Linux and come out knowing everything there is to know about Linux.

Having said that, this is still a For Dummies book. It starts off making the assumption that you at least know how to turn the computer on. One thing I particularly liked was the idea of you can put this on your main PC, but you might do better (that means less chance of screwing it up) if you put it on an old retired PC. I happened to find a PC at a local thrift store for $75 that I could dedicate to the Linux OS so the family doesn't get upset when I leave the thing in a mess. The software included with the book comes on a DVD. Or if you want you can order this software from the publisher on 9 CD-ROMs for a nominal fee.

The book is advertised as being 9 books in one. And I agree. The section on open office is clearly enough to get you started on using the integrated office package that comes with the software. And the section on programming is as good as any that I've seen. It's not enough to make you a professional programmer, but it will get you through the installation, setup and first programs. All in all, quite a book.
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Perfect Place to Start 6 Feb. 2005
By Teresa A. Wilkeson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The short of it is -- if you're the type of person who can install MS Windows on a machine, then there's no reason you can't install Linux on a machine. And I think this book is probably the fastest way you can get started.

While the typical computer geek can wade through the websites and find documentation and get help from newsgroups, I think this book is the best way for "regular folks" to go about it.

Confession: I'm a computer programmer who got into the habit of buying "For Dummies" books during college when I wanted to learn the basics really, really fast without having to think too much.

My goal was NOT to be able to program in Linux. I just wanted to see how close Linux has gotten to be a viable alternative to MS Windows. I wanted to install it on my laptop, but didn't want to spend more than a weekend on the endeavor.

I started out by downloading Mandrake Linux and installing it. All went really well. It was sort of anti-climactic. But then I wanted to go into it a little deeper. For example, adding users, reading files off my windows machine (I have a home network), downloading and installing programs that didn't come with the distribution.... But I just didn't have the patience to wade through the documentation. I just wanted the steps for doing the basic stuff right in front of me. Okay, I'll be honest -- I didn't want to think, I just wanted to do it.

Red Hat Fedora....For Dummies was the answer. After installing the Fedora distribution (the book explains "distributions"), I was customizing the desktop, reading files off my windows machine, browsing the web, printing from the printer connected to my windows machine, etc., in no time -- I'm talking the first day. It was so easy, I wanted to delve further. So I followed the directions in the book and was compiling programs and upgrading the Kernal.

If computers are sort of a hobby for you, meaning you like to dink around on them, can set up a network, can install MS Windows and stuff like this, you HAVE to try installing Linux on a machine. Try and find a used P3 or better machine with more than 128 MB RAM. (The book goes through how to install it on the same machine as your windows system, but I wouldn't do it.) Use this book and go for it. You will be AMAZED. If you mostly use your machine for e-mail, word processing, MP3's and photo/video manipulation, you may find that you can say goodbye to Windows and "HELLO!" to affordable (often free) software of equal, if not better quality than what you find on MS Windows.

Good Luck!
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