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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (10 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470770198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470770191
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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New to Linux? Get started now — this handy how–to guide makes learning Linux easy! No doubt about it, Linux is cool — and free! You can use it to set up a Web server or rejuvenate an old computer. Or use Linux as your desktop OS along with great applications such as OpenOffice.org. This ready reference gives you everything you need to know about installing, configuring, and using Linux, while the DVD gives you five Linux flavors to sample. It′s a do–it–yourself thing — learn the essentials of installing and using Linux by checking out Books I and II All about access — connect to the Internet, configure and manage TCP/IP networks, and set up e–mail, newsgroups, and Web surfing Administrative stuff — manage user accounts, install applications, work with peripherals, and upgrade or customize the Linux kernel Safety first — secure the network and the host, and perform regular security audits Serve it up — configure an Apache Web server, set up an FTP server or a Windows® server, and explore Linux programming Open the book and find: Help navigating the GNOME® and KDE® desktops Linux troubleshooting tips How to set up a LAN Secrets of using Linux to send instant messages and e–mail System administration basics Advice on securing Linux How to run mail, news, and FTP servers All about shell scripting Bonus DVD Includes ISO image files for five major Linux distributions you can try: Ubuntu Desktop, OpenSUSE, Mint 8, Fedora 12, and Mandriva Linux 2010 Complete instructions for installing and using each distribution Please see the DVD appendix for complete system requirements.

About the Author

Emmett Dulaney has written more than 30 technology books, among them the popular CompTIA Security+ Study Guide . He is an instructor at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, and is the former director of training for Mercury Technical Solutions.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By RJP the Book Boy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2011
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I have really got into Linux recently and this book has everything you need to get it downloaded, up and running and take advantage of the various software for Linux. My only problem is that it is a big book with many pages (620) and the layout is not always logical depending on what you are looking for. It's all there but sometimes items are dificult to find and many items have many links in the index, this can be a blessing or a pain. I have never been a fan of the origial dummies layouts, newer books now have colour and better graphics. I do own a few of them and reference them quite often (Photoshop and Dreamweaver titles) so I knew what I was getting. The book is written by Emmett Dulaney from Anderson University in Indiana.

There is a great deal of information in this book. It's easy to work with around but it can be hard work sometimes. However, in its defence all you ever want to know is there with examples and tips. Maybe try a smaller intoductory book first if you are new to Linux before buying this one. I have found it very useful overall espechially the networking part. I think the book tries to do too much in one volume and the long winded explanations can be tedious (16/07/12 now with hind sight they do help with the very technical stuff like secutrity issues) but stick with it and it will get you there.

After 6 months using the book - update 16/07/12

It's saved my system from problems many times. I now use it as a reference book when I need to find something out, so far it has always had the answers so I have upped my star rating to 4 stars. The index is brilliant and cross references the many sections in the book. I still think the layout could be improved but that's my own opinion after growing up with UNIX books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aldebaran on 22 July 2013
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I found this book hard going. There was very little mention about installing Linux on a second hard drive and dual booting which apparently is a good way to start (No mucking about with disc partitioning) - at least you have your Windows or Mac system to fall back on. A lot of the software (Distros) on the supplied would not work on my Asrock socket 'A' Mobo, in spite of what Mr Dulaney says in the book, the one that did work to some extent was 'OpenSuSE' 11.2 but apparently this version is now out of date. Where are the ISO's on the DVD My CD/DVD burning software cannot find any although I have burnt similar from the Net.
Mr Dulaney goes on far too much about the Command line rather than the Graphics Desktop which is more familiar to Linux Newbies.
If you are an absolutely novice then a better book would be in my opinion Mike McGrath's "Linux in Easy Steps" and available from Amazon at the bargain price of £8.99.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs E on 9 April 2013
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Bought as a gift for my brother who was very pleased with having one book instead of several smaller versions
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LiamTaylor93 on 21 Mar 2012
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Although I am not new to Linux and I wanted something that jumps into the more advanced parts of the operating system I was quiet surprised about certain simple things I had missed before which were in the first part of the book, it starts off with simple things but eventually dives into some of the heavier stuff like programming. Its definitely a book I would recommend. The page layouts may be a little annoying but nothing is perfect. It also comes with a CD containing 5 Linux distributions to install including Ubuntu so I'd say its a book for people who are sick of Windows full stop. Once I have finished reading I will make everyone I know read it and use the installation CD.
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I have problems with book learning, and "For Dummies" range really helps. This is no exception, great book, and you don't have to start at the beginning, you can pick up right in the middle.
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For a used book it was in excellent condition. A very comprehensive book, actually three books in one, the CD was also included. Just what I wanted!
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