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Xfree86 version 3.3.4 that came on the cd for some odd reason didn't work on my computer with a Sis 5597/8 using either Lizard or LISA and kept freezing it. The books first chapter does a very good job of describing the process of inventorying hardware, checking hardware compatibility, repartitioning your hard drive using Fips if necessary, explaining the difference between primary, extended and logical partitions, taking you step by step through a Lizard install with plenty of pictures, explaining what happens at each stage of the install process. The second chapter introduces you to the KDE desktop. The appendix at the end of the books shows you how to install using LISA (text based installer), though if you want to try LISA make sure to go to Caldera's hardware compatibility list at www.caldera.com/support/hardware/2.3/. If you choose to install that way all modules for hardware must be loaded manually and it may be a long process so you've been warned. Unfortunately sometimes hardware compatibility issues may pop up with Lizard so it's good to know how to do it just in case Lizard doesn't work. I haven't finished this book yet, but it's very interesting and in my opinion worth the read. Overall a good book and the cheapest I was able to find.
Product Details: "The Complete IDIOT'S GUIDE to Linux Second Edition" by Craigwd - posted: 03-18-2004 - Rating: 9.00
Last Review by Craigwd - posted: 03-15-2004 08:41 PM
As I mentioned in the cons section the installer is text based and quite badly in need of updating. I sure hope the Debian Woody programmers update the installer soon. At the very least as mentioned in the cons they should make it so that the installer asks a minimal amount of questions versus the at least 20 (I've lost count since this is being written from memory) I was asked during the install process. They should also include more updated versions of xfree86, kde, gnome, and dselect. Particularly I noticed the latest version of deslect wasn't included which quite frankly suprises me considering the fact that is used to download updated packages. The way I see as is if dselect isn't up to date than how do I know there won't be bugs preventing me from installing programs. I also agree with other reviews I've seen on the web that this distro is more geek oriented due to the cryptic nature of its installer. Apt-get and dselect are both very useful, but only if you know how they work. I also believe on of the most limiting factors about Linux distros is the level of processor optimization. In my opinion if you must release a i386 Linux distro fine, but I would appreciate it if all distros would release a i586 or i686 optimized version for better performance. I'm also suprised to see that my favorite 68k Mac emulator Basilisk II wasn't included in the emulators section of dselect. It's a great distro if you're the geek type. I know most Linux users are geeks, I just mean in the context of specifically having lots of Linux experience. Overall I've enjoyed my Debian experience, but it could be better.