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The Complete IDIOT'S GUIDE to Linux Second Edition
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1 22334 03-18-2004
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100% of reviewers $19.99 9.0

Description: A guide to installing configuring, and using Caldera OpenLinux 2.3. Info also applies to later and previous releases of Caldera Open Linux (although not sure how much of it applies). Also includes cd with OpenLinux 2.3.
Keywords: Linux Idiot Guide Caldera OpenLinux
Publisher: alpha books and Que
ISBN: 0-7897-2196-1

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Old 03-18-2004, 10:30 PM   #1
Registered: Dec 2001
Distribution: Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 and Morphix
Posts: 193

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: $19.99 | Rating: 9

Pros: Comes with Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 on a cd, is great at leading you by the hand helping you figure out what brands of hardware you have, includes link to Caldera hardware compatibility list on their web site,gives a good recomendation for how large your swa
Cons: My video card: a Sis 5597/8 didn't work with either Lizard or LISA despite being listed on Caldera's OpenLinux 2.3 hardware compatibility list, didn't include the latest release of OpenLinux available at the time which was OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4, and didn

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 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.


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