O'Reilly & Associates Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop
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This book offers readers a tour of JDS along with numerous timesaving tips, tricks and shortcuts. Adelstein and Hiser explain how to set up networking, updates and backups, plus provide in-depth coverage on the key productivity tools every user needs: email, Web browsing, instant messaging, word processing, spreadsheets and slide presentations.
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Well written and aimed at almost everyone including Windows Users
I'll let you all know if I find one.
Exploring the JDS Linux Desktop is the first Linux book I have read that speaks to the user rather than the technical audience. It's the kind of book that the entire community has needed but no one has ever written before. This is the book you give your fifth grader, grandmother or employee.
It is also unusual because you don't need to buy the software to learn JDS. It comes with a completely live version of Linux that runs from a one's CD Rom drive. It doesn't disturb the existing software on your hard drive. That's important to me because I am able to try everything out without having to make a commitment to changing my system.
I thought the authors did an usually good job of writing to the non-technical audience. They explained what they needed to and allowed the reader to get right into working with the system. It also allowed me to see the similarity between Linux and Windows. I think it proves than someone can go from from Windows to Linux without much pain.
Overall, the book is a good read, interesting and unusually high quality consider it's on a technical subject. I recommend it to anyone curious about Linux or who has purchased Linux and wants to get better at using it. Also, I think it's reasonably priced.