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2.0 out of 5 stars Lack of coherent plan & definitely not for beginners, 15 May 1999
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This review is from: Linux For Dummies (Paperback)
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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