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Must try harder...
on 6 March 2004
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 OpenOffice.org 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?