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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2004
I own or have read several of the 'for Dummies' series and have always found them good value. This new (5th) edition is an exception. For a start there are too many instances of poor proof-reading e.g. du becomes ls on P185 and there is no consistency over what to call Fedora/Red Hat Enterprise/Linux 10.
My other main gripe is the tedious repetition. Because this book tries to cover several distros (although concentrating on Fedora) the same paragraphs are repeated again and again for each distro. I'm sure there must be a better way.
Having said all this, the book was not completely bad. The installation chapters are very good for beginners, there are some very useful tips and the introduction to OpenOffice.org is very helpful to anyone migrating from MS Office.
Perhaps I was expecting too much from this book, but I really cannot recommend it except to a complete beginner who is looking to convert from Windows.
Come on, 'Dummies' - I know you can do better than this! Perhaps a 6th edition?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 1999
One of the other earlier reviewers (scotto123@earthlink.net from Brooklyn). Was wrong saying that the author is opinionated. His quote " the author states that you cannot use the included cd for an AMD or Cyrix cpu (Intel only)." The reviewer obviously did not understand what the author had written. What the author says is that the Linux OS was written for Intel systems & clones of the system i.e. AMD, Cyrix etc. What he is saying that you might have problems with non-Intel type systems that use a different type of architecture. With regards to the book, I first borrowed it from a library & enjoyed it so much that I bought it. It may be a "Dummies" guide to Linux but that doesn't mean only dummies should read the book. I am an accomplished computer technician & I didn't feel like a dummy reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2004
Ok I know that installing linux can be a bit of a problem but really this book has too much of it devoted to getting linux installed and all the possibilities of dual boot etc.
I had already installed linux on a dual boot system when I ordered this book and it was very straight forward.
There is a section on how to find things in the various environments and a good section on basic commands and passwording etc., but no real help if things don't work right 1st time and you'll find more help visiting websites than in the book.
That said if you want an all-in-one package to get you started and don't want to (or cannot) download the iso files of linux this book will get you moving in the right direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 1999
I ordered this book originally from Amazon for one reason and one reason only. It was the cheapest way I could find of getting (1) Redhat Linux and (2) A Linux Book.
I don't consider myself a dummy, but I expected the book to make walking through Linux as a newbie relatively painful. Boy, was I wrong.
I realize that each Linux distribution and version has its own little percularities but when a CD is distributed with a book, especially one for beginners, the instructions in the book should be accurate for that distribution. I eventually got around the errors, but not until reading other materials on the subject.
One example of this confusion is the chapter on Linux Customizing which involves recompiling your kernel. It would've been really swell if they mentioned that Redhat, by default, doesn't install the kernel source code so the instructions they tell you to follow to compile your kernel can't work.
Despite what the authors say in the introduction, this is simply an awful book for beginners. The only reason I can give it even two stars is that it does have a useful glossary and appendices and it would make a worthy reference book after you've read others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 1999
While this book is a decent resource for the first time user it has its problems. For one, the author is very opinionated and passes off his opinion as fact. Secondly, it overcomplicates certain things such as telling you to use /sbin/ifup ppp0 where simply ifup ppp0 will do. I can see the reason for doing this, but for a Dummies book I think it should be simple and to the point. Also, the author states that you cannot use the included cd for an AMD or Cyrix cpu (Intel only). This is outright incorrect and has probably disuaded thousands of people from using the cd. A major fumble. It worked fine on my Cyrix and AMD machines. It sometimes seems like the author is working for Red Hat and Intel. On the positive side, it does contain good tips and shortcuts, some of which I haven't found in "real" Linux books. If you do buy it, you will need another book to supplement it as it is limited.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2001
Like all dummies books they give a broad introduction to the subject area. Nothing indepth but give you a feeling you are getting somewhere.... yet, slowly and with an injection of humour!
If you are wondering wheather linux is for you buy this book. It comes with a version of red hat on three cds and takes you through step by step.....
Have fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 1999
The book is much like the rest of the linux documentation. It appears to be haphazard in its content. Instructions appear to be made for either those that understand Linux or those that only need help with the specific subjects of the book. The installation instructions are not much better than those found on the Red hat installation guide. Some of the specific screen illustartions are either out of date or do not match those that come with the operating system supplied.
Suggest obtaining the Que guide rather than This one. The Que Using Linux guide will be much larger, but, it does cover more aspects of the Linux system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 1999
Overall, Linux for Dummies is an excellent book. I would not recommend it as a reference, but it excellent for the first timer. I had no experience with linux whatsoever, but I was an avid computer user, and I had only a few small problems. The book needs to follow the installation more closely, as some parts were left out. However, because I had at least minimal knowledge about computers in general, I was able to figure it ok just fine. When you go to get X-Windows running, get Linux Unleashed or Linux in Nutshell (or both:) as well, just for reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 1999
As a Newbie to Linux, who has tried installations of Red Hat Linux 5.2, 6.0, Caldera 1.3 and Mandrake 5.3, I found that this book was not much help in directing me how to get started with using Linux and Linux applications. Perhaps it would be useful as a reference later.
I also scanned The Complete Idiot's Guide To Linux and found that this was much more helpful in its organization and material for a Newbie.
As it happens, I get lots of advice and encouragement from several local Linux users groups.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 1999
I ordered this book and Running Linux at the same time, but the later took a little longer to arrive. In the mean time I read this book and found a very interesting and well written introduction to how Linux came about and how to install it on my system. There are a couple of things that he maybe could have explained in a little more detail, but overall I was very happy with it. I can now get down to learning more about Linux with the other Linux book.
So, in summary.. an excellent introduction.
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