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This book, however, is massively out of date, and appears to have been sloppily edited. I'm only a few chapters in and here are a few of the things that I noticed right out of the box:
> Dulaney (author) recommends purchasing commercial software on your Windows computer in order to partition your hard drive, or using the "QTParted" (long-since renamed to the "KDE Partition Manager"; "GParted" is the one that 99% of distros has come with since 2009) available on the "few distributions available with a live CD" (EVERY single major distribution has a live CD). This is also ludicrous since the installer for EVERY SINGLE MAJOR LINUX DISTRIBUTION contains a partition manager that will set up the partitions for you - and does a good job. In fact, almost every major distribution has had an easy-to-use (not to mention, free) partition manager built into their installers since before 2008 - how out-of-date is this book?
> Dulaney doesn't even mention Linux Mint, the most popular distribution of Linux. Seriously?
> Dulaney says that Ubuntu uses the GNOME desktop, which it hasn't since 2009.
> Dulaney talks about the limited "online support" available for most mainstream distros. One has to assume he's referring to the online documentation pages, since every major distribution has a well-maintained support site (such as askubuntu.com) which he fails to point out to his readers.
> Dulaney doesn't even mention any of the major issues that Linux users will face in 2014, such as setting up a dual-boot with Windows 8 (which is extraordinarily difficult, especially considering the uEFI module), support for hiDPI screens (FHD and above), support for proprietary software (such as flash - necessary for a lot of web browsing, including YouTube), and support for newer hardware that might require proprietary drivers. In fact, he doesn't even include useful information to help one decide between distributions - just a bit about the history of the various companies. Somehow he manages to mention Ubuntu without mentioning Mark Shuttleworth or Canonical - a big no-no in my opinion.
> Dulaney recommends Xandros, a distribution that hasn't had a release since 2006.
> Dulaney claims that you're going to have to decide between GNOME and KDE, despite the fact that both Unity and Cinnamon are more popular than either GNOME or KDE, with MATE, XFCE, LXDE, SoS, and many other desktop environments becoming increasingly popular.
That's just a few of the biggest issues I noticed in the first two chapters alone. There's also a lot of inconsistencies in his writing; sometimes he will do something like recommend using "QTParted", then later in the chapter tell you that you should use "GParted" without acknowledging the discrepancy. Perhaps the rest of the book will change my mind, but from what I've seen so far, this book does not provide a remotely useful guide to Linux in 2014.
On the other hand, for someone who has used Linux and tweaked, loaded, installed, uninstalled and done other reading on this operating system, and (successfully) used Wine or a Virtual Machine with their Linux - then, maybe, this would fill in some blanks. But it really leaves many questions unanswered. And, as noted by others, it skips Linux Mint entirely. This is Copyright 2014, and the "For Dummies" brand is harmed when John Wiley & Sons publishers allows this under their brand name.