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on 7 August 2006
This book is very simple and could have been of some use to Linux beginners if it was not over-encumbered with words and poor in useful guidance. The very lengthy paragraphs do provide some tips, e.g. for the basic commands, but I expected to find more technical explanations, even though-or maybe because-I am myself a Linux "newbie".

One of the things I disliked is, for instance, the level at which the chapter on the desktop environment is pitched. The book is supposedly geared towards people who are using Windows. As such, I do not see the usefulness of explaining in pedantic verbose details how to resize a window or click on an icon. These and similar tasks that are certainly well-known by most readers!

I had just installed my favourite Linux distribution and found an excellent driver for my USB ADSL mouse. I realised I had to update the kernel because the one that cane with my distribution did not include support for a necessary module. I looked at the index of this book and found nothing to help me in the first difficult task switching from Windows and still wanting to use the modem I already used in the previous operating system.

This is just one of several possible example I could give of the lack of many important technical instructions in this book.

I did find more tips and many more useful features in the excellent book "The Linux Bible" by Christopher Negus (ISBN 0764579495), currently on Amazon marketplace as "brand new" for £5.01 vs. £7.54 for this one! I was very happy to be able to return this book to the seller for a full refund under the Distance Selling Directive.
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