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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Linux Paperback – 13 Dec 1999

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If the open-source movement becomes more popular among beginner-to-intermediate computer users the Linux operating system may easily emerge as the operating system of choice. However, getting neophytes to jump on the Linux bandwagon is no easy sell unless the new user has access to a dependable and fairly thorough introductory Linux reference. Author Manuel Alberto Ricart supplies a clearly written introduction to this OS in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Linux.

The mark of any truly great Linux reference--whether written for the diehard kernel programmer or the new and curious OS explorer--is its documentation on installing Linux. To help get you started The Complete Idiot's Guide to Linux includes a CD-ROM with a copy of Caldera's OpenLinux version 1.3. Between appendices A and B Ricart provides a step-by-step explanation of the Linux OS installation as well as a fairly extensive list of hardware that is compatible with the OpenLinux 1.3. Quick to acknowledge the high potential for frustration during the installation process Ricart includes helpful tips for getting around the most common configuration pitfalls.

The bulk of the book is distributed across three sections that teach you how to use the graphical interface called the KDE Desktop; the command-line interface, which should be fairly familiar to anyone migrating from Unix to Linux; and the commands necessary for low-level system administration and maintenance. --Ryan Kuykendall --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is an excellent introduction to Linux from various angles. It quickly gets you up to speed using a graphical user interface (KDE - the 'K Desktop Environment), and then shows you how to work under UNIX using a command shell. It also covers the ever necessary system administration topics that you need to know to keep your system running happy.

And of course, it includes a CD with all the software you need to get started along with a complete step-by-step installation section, as well as information on how to configure and connect your Linux running PC to the Internet. Included in the CD is Caldera's OpenLinux 1.3 and StarOffice 4.0. Even if you already know how to use Linux, this book is a great bargain just for the software included in the CD, and who knows, you may even learn a thing or two about Linux while you are at it.

To provide me with feedback, please write to linux_book@yahoo.com. I will read all/any comments/suggestions that you send to me. However, please realize that it is impossible for me to provide you with Linux technical support.

Try the book, I am sure you'll like it. Sincerely,

Alberto --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2000
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It's a good book for an absoulute beginner to Linux, but no more than that. Not enough text is spent on what to do if it all goes wrong (as it often does with Linux) or hand hacking config files. It explains basic command line operations, but doesn't deal with many problems you might encounter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 1999
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Any book that is titled "The Complete Idiots Guide" will certainly not be exhaustive in all that can be known on the given topic. However, this book is a great beginner's guide. The author is well aware that his audience may not be experts' in Linux or Unix and caters to them just fine. I certainly do not know Unix, yet I found myself up and running productively in a reasonably short period of time. Caldera's 1.3 version of Linux which comes with the book installed with little trouble and the KDE GUI interface will be no problem to anybody familiar with Windows. This book and Caldera's version of Linux gets two thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2000
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I was extremely disappointed. When I learn something new, I want to be told how and WHY somehing happens, not just what to do. Finding the relevant information could be quite a chore. I recommend the O'Reilly series
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I bought this book on a recommendation from my father who is an computer explorer extrordinaire. I found it to be very helpful with understanding the "already up and running" Linux system, but somewhat lacking in the "how to get up and running" department. The installation instructions come toward the end of the book and offer little or no explanation of Linux's FDISK program, which is absolutely nothing like any partioning program I've ever used. Talk about cryptic! However, once up and running, the OS is wonderful and there cannot be enough accolades given to the fine folks @ StarDivision.com for their EXCELLENT Office suite . Not a demo, but a full function group including a spreadsheet, word processor, the works, this suite free makes MS Office look like a billion-dollar boondoggle. Star Office is fully compatable with MS, and importing ang exporting is a snap. (That is if you can figure out how to get your Linux partition to talk to your DOS partition....). All in all, an excellent book to get for those curious about Linux.
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This books is good for several reasons. First its packaged with Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 (and includes the KDE Desktop and Star Office 4.0). Second, it is well thought out. I liked the idea of starting with Xwindows and KDE then working into the shell. The other books that I read started right into the Linux shell -- which, I suppose, is fine for those coming over to Linux from UNIX but a bit "geeky" for those of us who are moving over from DOS/Windows. The author can communicate and he's found the right balance between the extremes of techno-babble and talking down to his readers. I think the KDE Desktop is going to make a lot converts to Linux from the Windows world and I think Mr. Ricart's _The Complete Idiot's Guide to Linux_ is to be one of the main 'textbooks' in this conversion process. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get started in Linux and especially for those moving over from Windows 95 and NT.
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This is the best book that I've found for getting started with Linux coming from the Win95/98 world. I bought TurboLinux 3.0.1 at LinuxWorld and never could get it to install. I succeeded in installing Red Hat Linux 5.0 from "Linux for Dummies", but couldn't figure out how to do anything useful with it because of the orientation of the Dummies book towards the characer-based shells. I guess I'm more of an "Idiot" than a "Dummy" because the former approaches Linux from the graphical K Desktop Environment first, then moves to the shell. The reference material is MUCH more usable than that in the Dummies book. I can actually USE linux now rather than playing around with configurations and the such. In net, if you want to use Linux as a Windows alternative, this is a great book to get started.
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If your after a beginners guide to Linux for anything other than Caldera OpenLinux don't buy this book. But if you want a copy of OpenLinux and star office this book is quite good value and gives good coverage of installing with very good instructions for setting up and configuring the software/system.Good for a beginner who knows nothing about Linux or unix and wants to be taken thru step by step installing and setting up Caldera Openlinux or someone who wants an easier to use distribution than most of the others. Also a good book to use for persuading your boss to switch to Linux as nearly anyone should be able to follow the instuctions in this book and get their intel based pc up and running linux. In all is well writen easy to read book which explains all the topics raised in a way most beginners should understand.
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By A Customer on 18 April 1999
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I have read this book and found it to be useful in getting started with the included version of Linux, Caldera Open Linux 1.3. It includes an office productivity suite (StarOffice 4.0) in the software packages.
If you are thinking of trying Linux then I would suggest that this book, with its included software, is perhaps the cheapest way to sample this alternate operating system on your computer. I installed it on an 'Japan only model' IBM 230Cs laptop with a DX/2 50 MHz CPU and 20 MB of RAM. It worked fine! Think how it would be with a Pentium chip and 64 MB of RAM! The KDE window manager system is excellent and will appeal to novice and experienced Linux users alike.
Give it a try! You might find that you enjoy using a stable, powerful operating system that makes the most of new and older computers.
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