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I ordered the book the same day I picked up the boxed set of SuSE 8 at CompUSA. I figured if I was going to learn Linux then I should start with the basics and this is the perfect book for it. The book should first be read from beginning to end before applying too many of the tutorials on a live machine. The book starts with very, and I mean very basic information about Linux in general and moves you along to teach you how to install a distro and covers most of the basic things you will need to setup your computer for the first time, like internet, gui's, bootloaders and covers most of the commands that you will need along the way and how to utilize them.
Like I said, the book starts out very basic and moves along at a slow pace but this, I found to be actually good for a beginner just starting out. I didn't have any problems with getting the version of Red Hat 8 that comes included on 2 CD's in a pouch inside the book up and running.
My only complaints about the book are that it doesn't really help with troubleshooting areas in any depth and my other complaint, while very minimal, is that the book covers alot of topics regarding Linux but I felt it just skimmed the surface on alot of them without going into depth to really "teach" me how to do stuff but basically "told" me how to do stuff. This is normally fine if you just want to get something accomplished and move on but when you're learning I find it useful to learn why I'm doing different things along the way.
Overall I thought the book was good for a fresh beginner that wants to start from the ground up but a novice or 2-3 month user might want to look for a more in-depth book.
Product Details: "Linux for Dummies - 4th Edition" by rberry88 - posted: 03-19-2004 - Rating: 7.50
Last Review by rberry88 - posted: 03-18-2004 06:35 PM
I bought the book along with the Red Hat Bible shortly after I started in Linux about 8 months ago (8/03). The edition I received is the 4th edition published by oreilly.com. I got it basically for its extensive listing of Linux commands so I could have them sitting on my desk without having to search the web if I got stuck on something. Boy am I glad I made this purchase, after the first two months the binder has a permanent crease in it from the constant use during my early days with Linux.
The book is divided by the following tabs: Linux Commands, Boot Methods, Package Managers, Bash, TCSH and then branches off to explain the different text editors in Linux (vi, emacs etc) and then covers the two major graphical window managers, KDE and Gnome.
The linux commands section(s) are all divided alphabetically which makes it a snap to find what you are looking for with ease. If you really can't find what you need quickly there is also the wonderful index at the back of the book noting page numbers to help you. This is the heart of the book and then you get into the details about booting, package management, text editors and window managers which comes in really handy since each distro takes it upon themselves to use a different default application for these areas and a newbie could get lost very quickly, but not with the trusty Linux In A Nutshell close by.
Product Details: "LINUX in A Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference" by jeremy - posted: 02-06-2004 - Rating: 9.00