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17 Feb 1999 For Dummies
A LINUX handbook. It includes information on: understanding the LINUX command system and putting it to work; applying helpful configuration utilities; selecting a shell program and tailoring it to fit specific needs; setting up the whole operating system as a Web or internal network; maintaining a LINUX system; and more. It covers Web features, including using a Web browser, email, ftp, IRC, Telnet, WAIs News, TCP/IP, explaining a range of different acronyms. The accompanying CD-ROM includes a version of Red Hat LINUX for Intex x86 PCs and a version of Apache, a Web server for LINUX.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Revised edition edition (17 Feb 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764504215
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764504211
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,750,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Surf the Net, manage e–mail, and get to work

Your guide to installing and using Linux – no experience needed!

So, yesterday you′d never heard of Linux? No matter – with this friendly guide at your side, you can install Red Hat Linux 8 today and be using it tomorrow. Loaded with helpful tips and advice about security, interfaces, cool new Internet tools, and more, it will help you pack your PC with penguin–power.

All this on 2 bonus CD–ROMs

The latest distribution of Red Hat Linux Publisher′s Edition, including GNOME and KDE interfaces

System Requirements: Pentium–Class PC with 32 MB RAM (96 MB recommended), CD–ROM, 650 MB free hard drive space (2.5 GB recommended). See the About the CD–ROM appendix for details and complete system requirements. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dee–Ann LeBlanc is a writer and trainer specializing in Linux.

Melanie Hoag is a WAN manager, writer, and trainer specializing in Linux and NetWare.

Evan Blomquist is a trainer, consultant, and Linux specialist. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Must try harder... 6 Mar 2004
By A Customer
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 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Its not just Intel 23 Sep 1999
By A Customer
One of the other earlier reviewers ( 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Too much of the book is for installation 16 Feb 2004
By A Customer
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
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better. 15 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basic Intro ... 8 Jun 2001
By A Customer
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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fab.
The book is excellent, as a 14 year old anything more complicated would have made learning Linux a lot more complicated. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the linux beginner
I ordered this book and Running Linux at the same time, but the later took a little longer to arrive. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars You could find better...
Get Running Linux. This Dummies book does have some good information, but you would do better to spend a few extra dollars on a better one than have to go out and purchase a whole... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Getting started with the program but not everything
Linux is a very complicated OS to learn. This Book is deffintly good for getting information on how to load it and stuff. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is "GREAT" for "Dummies" ofcourse.
This book is "GREAT" for "Dummies" ofcourse.
Published on 30 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book....
The first Linux book I ever bought was a mistake: Linux Unleashed (2nd ed), whose first few chapters are possibly the worst I have ever read in my life. Read more
Published on 26 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner's Guide!
I Purchased this book, popped in the CD and had Linux set up on a partition within hours. The first half of this book covers installation, the rest covers File system, commands,... Read more
Published on 17 July 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs polishing, but good overall
Overall, Linux for Dummies is an excellent book. I would not recommend it as a reference, but it excellent for the first timer. Read more
Published on 15 July 1999
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