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Linux For Dummies [Paperback]

Dee-Ann LeBlanc
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25 Feb 2005 For Dummies
Previous editions of Linux For Dummies have garnered rave reviews. However, there’s one scary term applied to them—outdated! The 6th Edition remedies that with easy–to–understand information on the latest version of the most popular Linux distributions, including Fedora Core, SuSE, Mandrake, Xandros, Linspire, and Knoppix. This guide walks you though installing, configuring, tuning, and using each version of Linux, the low–cost, secure alternative to expensive operating systems. You’ll discover how to:
  • Prep your computer for Linux
  • Boot and stop Linux
  • Connect to the Internet, e–mail, surf the Web, and access and use cool Internet tools
  • Manage files and directories
  • Do word processing and more with Open
  • Updated material includes:
  • Info on the wireless Internet connection
  • Coverage of the new SELinux infrastructure, an important new security feature
  • Updated GNOME and KDE coverage

Written by Dee–Ann LeBlanc, award–winning author of numerous books and articles and author or coauthor of the popular previous editions of Linux For Dummies, this edition not only guides you step by step, it also includes an appendix of common Linux commands and a comprehensive index so you can find what you need to know without taking extra steps.

The bonus DVD includes:

  • The full, installable version of Fedora Core 3 and Knoppix
  • ISO images (that will save hours of downloading time) for SUSE live, Mandrake full version, Xandros Open Circulation version, and Linspire full version

If you want to explore the different distributions of Linux, this is the guide for you!

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  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 6th Edition edition (25 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764579371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764579370
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…don’t know where to start, look no further…” (PC Utilities, June 2005)

From the Back Cover

Pick your favorite flavor and install Linux today!

Configure Linux, set up your Internet connection, and start getting things done

Get ready to explore the wonderful world of Linux! This plain–English guide covers six of the most popular Linux distributions — Fedora™ Core, SUSE™, Mandrake™, Xandros®, Linspire™, and Knoppix — and shows you how to install each of them. Secure your system, find your way around the Internet, manage your files, use cool multimedia tools and, and even go wireless!

Discover how to:

  • Prep your computer and Install the six Linux distributions covered
  • Work with the six most popular distributions
  • Set up your Internet connection and get online
  • Compare GNOME™ and KDE™ desktops
  • Manipulate files and directories

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1.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmm I think not 22 April 2006
I have never reviewed a book before in my life. So it may be a measure of the strength of feeling about this one that I take the time to review it.

However this book is a mass of confusion. It attempts to cover Linux by covering a number of its distribution types. But what you end of with is little coverage of anything. The structure of the book is ill thought out and the cross refrencing is at best inadequate and at worst induces deep deep frustration. Often you are told to go to such and such chapter for the next bit of advice only to find the advice so well hidden that Sherlock Holmes would be left scratching his head, or you eventually arrive to find that there is another reference and so it goes on.

If you ever get close to installation you find that the installation instructions are, surprise surprise, confusing and inadequate.

The instructions on the different desktops are o.k and give an overview.

It is obvious that the author is very skilled and knowledgable in the linux field. Unforetunately they have attempted to cover too much. More is less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book 4 Nov 2011
Good book which I needed at time for college course I was doing.

Probably dated now however, but if author has anything recent would be worth taking a look!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for getting started with Linux... 5 Mar 2005
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Once you've made the decision to give Linux a try, you face a tough second decision... which distribution do I use? To help you out, you should get a copy of Dee-Ann LeBlanc's Linux For Dummies (6th Edition). There's some good information in there to help you choose...

Chapter List:

Part 1 - Getting Your Feet Wet: Getting Acquainted With Linux; Prepping Your Computer for Linux; Installing Fedora Core; Installing Other Linux Distributions; Booting and Stopping Linux; Checking Out Those Desktops; Configuring Linux

Part 2 - Internet Now!: Connecting to the Internet; Using the Internet

Part 3 - Getting Up to Speed with Linux: Manipulating Files and Directories; Checking Out the Linux Filesystem; Adding Software to Linux; A Secure Linux Box Is a Happy Linux Box; Working without the GUI; Gettin' Gooey with the GUIs

Part 4 - Getting Things Done: Putting the X in Text; Word-Processing and More with; Multimedia Wow!; Windows-Only Media Formats and Programs

Part 5 - The Part of Tens: Ten Troubleshooting Tips; Ten Cool Uses for Knoppix

Part 6 - Appendixes: Common Linux Commands; About the DVD-ROM

There are obviously a large number of books you can buy that deal with Linux. But before you get too far down the road, you need to figure out which distribution is right for you. The main thing I really like about Dee-Ann's book is that she relates the basics of Linux back to the top six distributions: Fedora Core, SuSE, Knoppix, Linspire, Xandros, and Mandrake. So if you're learning about how the Linux file system works and can be navigated, you'll see that done in all six Linux flavors. Want to know how to install Linux? Once again, you see instructions and tips on all six. Most Linux books pick a single distribution and focus exclusively on that. While that's not bad at all, it may mean that you choose a type of Linux that may not be the best choice given your situation. This book can help you understand the fundamentals before making that commitment. There's even a DVD included that contains the install files for Fedora Core 3, Knoppix 3.6, Linspire 4.5, Mandrake 10.1, SuSE 9.2, and Xandros 2.5. You don't even have to go searching for the latest ISO downloads! You've got it all right here.

Like all Dummies titles, this is written in a very conversational, non-threatening way. It's a perfect "first step" for anyone wanting to join the Linux movement but isn't quite sure where to start. Once you've gone through the book, picked a distribution, and installed it, you'll be ready to push on and start learning even more about Linux. But at least by then, you'll have narrowed down your choice of books based on the distribution you chose.

Good book, and definitely recommended for people looking to get started...
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Very nice introduction book 13 Sep 2005
By Alex Vox - Published on
This book is well written and useful as a first book on Linux or UNIX in general. Many subjects have been covered with much attention to the details and overall impression of the book is very positive.
I also found it to be useful to pair this book and Linux and UNIX for a beginner training suite, 4DVDs + 2CDs includes 4 Unix Academy Certifications ed.2008 as they contribute very well to one another. It gives you ability to discover whole workflow as you read. Don't be fooled by the title of the book, despite it is for "dummies" it goes throughly over many subjects.
I can say it is a decent and friendly book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must have for the future 18 May 2005
By Michele R. Cook - Published on
Im a high school student and I was taking a A+ certification class and learned about all the faults and problems occuring with windows. I heard about linux but never understood it. I learned that linux is FREE! Well most versions and that viruses and spy/ad ware dont exsist in Linux. I thought who wouldnt want to have Linux. After buying this book and doing more research I found that Linux is so much better and they make it so you can do everything plus more in Linux than you can in Windows. I started reading this book and was a little bored at first because I had learned much of the basics in my A+ class but in the later chapters I found myself stopping every 5 minutes to try the new learned things out in Linux. I'ver almost finished the book and I just bought Linux Programming for Dummies to get more in depth knowledge on Linux. Linux is the future. More and more people swiitch from windows everyday. I still use windows for minor things but Linux goes above and beyond windows capabilities. So get this book and learn all the great things you can do with a better Operating System. Also check out [...] to learn about all the different linux distrobutions and which one will fit you best. Good Luck
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Linux Jump Start 19 April 2006
By P. Pham - Published on
If you are new to Linux like me and would like to learn Linux in a week then this book is a must have along with "Linux Pocket Guide".

LeBlanc made learning Linux easy. The intructions and tips in this book are clear, concise, and very easy to learn. I actually have fun reading it too! After a week of getting my hands dirty with a Linux (Red Hat Fedora) box, I am starting to appreciate Linux more and more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linux for dummies 29 Jun 2006
By Paul Ziehl - Published on
Like all the other Dummies series, the Linux for dummies is another great way to learn Linux. With this book you don't need to have a geek live with you to use and understand the powerful and useful computer enviroment. I have used Linux for several years and the book taught me a few things I didn't know about Linux.
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