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Moving to Linux "Kiss the blue screen of death goodbye"
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2 34007 03-06-2006
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Description: This is a great book for someone just get started with Linux. It pretty much covers all of the basics for KDE and Gnome. It covers: Installation, KDE, Gnome, Konquerer, Customizing, Installing packages, Devices, Internet Connections, E-mail, Updating, Office packages, Multimedia ect..... Not just mentioning, but how to's as well. I use Suse 9.2 Pro and it helped me out quite a bit. If you are new, and plan on using KDE I would suggest this book. It will save you from posting many basic questions on this site.
Keywords: Moving To Linux "Kiss blue screen of death goodbye"
Publisher: Addison Wesley
ISBN: 0321159985

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Old 02-18-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2005
Distribution: SuSE 9.3
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: An excellent resource for Linux newbies.
Cons: An overview, so sometimes things aren't overly specific.

I had some Unix background before really getting into Linux, so I wasn't too concerned. For people that were weaned on MS products, though, Marcel Gagne's book is a godsend. It comes complete with a live cd of Marcel's version of Knoppix and walks you step by step through your first explorations of Linux. Marcel, by the by, is the author of the "Cooking with Linux" columns in the "Linux Journal" magazine, as well as the author of "Linux Server Administration: A User's Guide," as well as "Moving to the Linux Business Desktop"--he knows his stuff and communicates it both well and with a sense of humor. The only downside is that because it is an overview, a lot of the details are left by the wayside. Admittedly, most people considering switching are only going to be frightened by more in-depth coverage of some topics, so it's probably just as well such coverage was left out. My 76 year old Dad got turned on to Linux by reading this book, so if you know anyone teetering on the edge, this might just work to push them on over.

Old 03-06-2006, 12:08 PM   #2
Registered: Apr 2002
Distribution: Debian, antiX, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and many others
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Pros: Easy and entertaining to read, yet full of information
Cons: Not useful for deep, intimate details

I have found this book to be one of the best resources available for examining the easy to use desktop Linux systems and the applications that they run. While this book provides a custom copy of WFTL Linux (Writer and Free Thinker at Large), based on KNOPPIX, the contents of the book are aimed at anyone looking for an easy to use desktop Linux system. The book is entertaining and does an excellent job of presenting major applications, the basics of how they work, and a few alternatives of each major application.

For example, when discussing Web browsers, both KDE's Konqueror and Mozilla's Firefox are discussed, but references are given to a number of other alternatives.

Well worth reading. Though I am an experienced software engineer, I have enjoyed reading a few sections here and there as I get ready to close my eyes for the night. Marcel often leaves me with a chuckle before I nod off, but he also frequently gives me things to think about as I look for easy ways to use the wide variety of tools I already know, and good ideas of what to recommend to my friends, who may just be starting to investigate desktop Linux software.

This book is definitely aimed at the desktop, not at servers. Those looking for alternatives for every day desktop use would be well served by this book.


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