Fedora 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Bible Paperback – 24 Jul 2007
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For a home desktop or a business server, here′s all the Linux you need Fedora 7 contains thousands of the latest Linux software projects. The Fedora 7 merge of Fedora Core and Extras software on our special DVD means that you get the most complete Fedora installation set available. The included Fedora 7 desktop live CD can be run live, and then installed to your hard disk. In all, you get the latest Linux desktop, server, and systems administration software and instruction, so you can learn skills that scale up to professional, commercial–quality Linux systems. Configure Fedora or Red Hat Enterprise Linux to: Explore your computer or the Internet from GNOME® and KDE® desktops Manage and use documents, spreadsheets, presentations, music, and images Draw from online software repositories with Package Manager and Package Updater Build an Internet server with e–mail, Web, DNS, FTP, and database services Secure your computer with firewalls, password protection, and SELinux Try out cutting edge Fedora 7 features: Boot up the first official Fedora 7 desktop live CD to try before you install Play with the latest 3D–desktop technology with AIGLX and Compiz Run virtualized versions of Fedora on your desktop, using KVM and QEMU What′s on the DVD and CD–ROM? Install complete Fedora 7 (8GB) from DVD Boot Fedora 7 desktop live CD, and then install its contents to your hard drive Open for more! Play with 3D animation and applets on the desktop Find ten cool things to do with Fedora Run a Fedora 7 quick install System Requirements: Please see the Preface and Appendix A for details and complete system requirements. Engage 3D acceleration and play with desktop applets Navigating your Fedora desktop has more bling when you enable 3D–hardware acceleration with AIGLX and the Compiz window manager. Adding desktop applets can bring more fun and function to your Fedora desktop as well. Play with 3D desktop animations Experimental 3D software lets you rotate workspaces on a 3D cube, choose 3D minimalize effects, and set 3D fade effects. Add fun and function to the desktop Use personalized applets, backgrounds, themes, and icons to turn your Fedora desktop into a workspace that is all your own.
About the Author
Christopher Negus has been working with UNIX systems, the Internet, and (most recently) Linux systems for more than two decades. During that time, Chris worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories, UNIX System Laboratories, and Novell, helping to develop the UNIX operating system. Features from many of the UNIX projects Chris worked on at AT&T have found their way into Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and other Linux systems.
Chris is the author of all editions of what started out as Red Hat Linux Bible, which because of the name changes of Red Hat s Linux projects has evolved into the book you are holding. Most recently, Chris co–authored multiple books in the Linux Toolbox series: Fedora Linux Toolbox, Ubuntu Linux Toolbox, Mac OS X UNIX Toolbox, SUSE Linux Toolbox, and BSD UNIX Toolbox (Wiley Publishing). Besides that, Chris authored Linux Bible 2009 Edition and co–wrote CentOS Bible, Linux Troubleshooting Bible and Linux Toys II for Wiley Publishing. Chris also authored Live Linux CDs and co–authored the Official Damn Small Linux Book, as part of the Negus Software Solutions Series.
Today, Chris works as a Linux instructor for Red Hat, Inc. and has achieved certification as a Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX). At home, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Sheree, and his boys, Caleb and Seth. His hobbies include soccer, singing, and exercising with Sheree.
Eric Foster–Johnson is a veteran programmer who works daily with Linux, Unix, and Windows and other operating systems. By day, he writes enterprise Java software for ObjectPartners, a Minnesota consulting firm. He has authored and co–authored a number of Linux and Unix titles including Red Hat RPM Guide, Teach Yourself Linux, Teach Yourself Unix, and Perl Modules.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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When I attempted to use the enclosed CD to load Fedora on my PC, I received error messages that my video card had 'driver errors' and my mouse was not configured correctly. This seemed like a resonable/normal sort of error (although my video card and PS2 mouse are not that old) yet, I found the book no help when it came to installation troubleshooting and configuation file settings. I ended up downloading and installing Fedora from the Fedora.org website.
Despite the poor installation section, the rest of the book does contain good reference material on using Fedora once your system is up and running.
The installation DVD that accompanied this book didn't work and froze my machine while wiping the current OS completely in the process. This also happened to other classmates of mine. Luckily we had discs in class burned by the instructor so we used those to reinstall Fedora 11. I took our class copy home after the installation discs also wiped my home box.
After a month of class I have found myself turning to other Linux materials and online forums for help because this book gives very poor explanations of it's own material. Quick one line explanations and small uninformative screenshots are all over this book. Basically I think this book is a huge waste of time and effort. I can just about guarantee it's going to sit on my bookcase at home if I can't re-sell it online somewhere.
For a book billed as "The book you need to succeed!", it lacks any meaningful troubleshooting tips or any in-depth look at the topics. It is obvious that parts of the Fedora 9 and 10 "Bibles" have been recycled without updating. Many of the online guides do a much better job of walking one through the installation and utilization of the software.
If this is your first time working with Linux, it is borderline acceptable. If you're upgrading an existing installation, look elsewhere.
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