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Old 07-20-2005, 10:40 AM   #1
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SUSE Linux 9.3 for Dummies (For Dummies S.)

HI guys I am coming back to SUSE. I am going to have a duleboot machine.
I am thinking of purching SUSE Linux 9.3 for Dummies which you get a dummies book with a copy of suse linux 9.3, but is the software DVD on this book just a live DVD. I need to be able to install it on my hard disk. I don't know whether it is a live DVD or not. The idea of getting this book is to make it easer to sort out any problems and to show me how to do more stuff with linux and as a reference guide

I says on amazon it comes with SUSE 9.3 Special Edition

Buy the way I have used suse before 7.3 and 9.1 and fedora core 2 [fedora is crap. it's just hard]

The release date of the book was on June 1 2005

ISBN: 0764596152
Old 07-20-2005, 01:49 PM   #2
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Well, most of us don't need a manual to install a distro, ecxept Gentoo or LFS, of course. But thanks anyways.
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If it were me I'd torrent the Suse and the Dummies book, hey I have.....;-)
Old 07-23-2005, 10:21 AM   #5
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Suse is one of the few boxed distros that comes with a very nice manual. Makes it worth the
price IMO. Of course google is very nice also. Personally I wouldn't spend the money on
a for dummies book.

On a side note:

Master_Simon, if it were me, I wouldn't be going around gleefully telling everyone that I
engage in illegal activity. While getting Suse via bittorrent is perfectly valid, getting the
for dummies book from bittorrent is obviously not.

Old 07-23-2005, 05:50 PM   #6
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Its to save time you see, last time when I had suse 9.1 it took the life out of me. I looked tired being on it so much. This book is to save time. Text is alot more easy to read on paper.
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Just download a Suse 9.3 torrent or copy it from a friend (yes, it IS legal, the license specifically allows for it providing no fee is attached) and follow the prompts. It's really that easy. You don't need a condescending "You're an idiot" book from the Dummies series. They spend more time joking around and telling you that you're too stupid so you need to bribe someone to fix your computer than they do telling you how to actually get work done.

If you want to buy a Linux book, buy something from Que, O'Reilly, or Unleashed series. Those books are for the most part no-nonsense but at the same time they done come across as condescending jerks. The Dummies series of books is outright offensive in how they go about "helping" users.

Edit: I see you have used Suse in the past. You will have NO problem with 9.3. The only real thing you will notice is that things that were broken in previous versions (Samba, LISA) are now fixed, and webmin is missing. Webmin is easy to install, and network browsing/Samba Just Works(tm) so you will have NO problem getting 9.3 up and running.

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Old 07-23-2005, 11:09 PM   #8
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If it beat you up last time, then by all means, do something different this time! I agree having a book is nice. I personally purchased "Unleashed". Just spend a bit of time reading the book before you purchase. That way it makes sense to you, who ultimately has to install the system. Do know that (as mentioned earlier), 9.3 is a breeze to install.

Fear not, buy the book, read, install, and use/enjoy SuSE 9.3!
Old 07-24-2005, 08:37 AM   #9
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I am going to buy the book

thanks for all your help it's quite cheep from amazon
Old 07-28-2005, 06:49 PM   #10
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i have the suse 9.3 for dummies its not a live cd its an installation dvd. the book is fairly helpful but there are only some things it can cover. i had fedora core 1 on here but i replaced it with suse 9.3 pro. i like it the instal is alot longer but worth it.
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Thank you, boxerboy
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I went for the box set myself. My God, the information they have in the manuals. Very well done too. I had also picked up many other "Linux" books as well. However, when I have a technical question it is the books that came with the manual that gets thumbed first. That is, unless it is a "duh" question that I simply can't quite remember how to do something. Then I pick up my "dummy" type books for a quick reference. I've never regretted the purchase of a book. At minumum, they make good fire starters.


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