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Fedora Linux (a concise task-based approach)
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1 47143 05-22-2007
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100% of reviewers None indicated 9.0

Description: New Computer Book "Fedora Linux" by Chris Tyler
I acquired this very well written book, an O'Reilly Publication about three weeks ago.

I have no relationship with the author, other than he responded to me via this web site, when I had some Fedora keyboard and x-window problems and I looked for help.

The author is "Chris Tyler". He wrote this book that walks you through the installation of Fedora 6, provides some secrets into managing Logical Volumes, before the installation, and explains how to setup Fedora 6 in all ways.

The book is written for the person who knows a little, if nothing at all, of the jargon that is used in linux and related technologies.

For the guru, this book serves as a reference, for the intermediate, it is a wonderful aide to making full use of Fedora, and for the beginner, a wonderful introduction to the fully functional Fedora Linux Distribution. Unlike other linux books that become boring and dry after one or two chapters, this one is not one of them. It resides in my backpack next to my laptop and I make regular reading visits to it, while I take public transportation to and from work. (I do not work with Linux.)

Would I buy this book again, after having read it from cover to cover once, and doing a re-read? My answer is a definite yes. Why, because there are nice little hints in every section about the author's experience with Fedora distributions. Yes, I am going to give a copy to my son-in-law for that wonderful holiday that comes just before the new year.


PS. I like a hardcopy book as opposed to html or pdf copies, because I can use a highlighter to underline something of importance, I can put a post-it on a page where I want to remember something, and I can write in the margin with reminder notes to myself.

I felt that this book is worth taking the time to write and describe. It turned me on as being a worthwhile asset. If you are at a level of compiling linux sources, or being a system administrator, this book is not sufficiently advanced for you.

Here is the information about the book. I also noted, after visiting the O'Reilly web site that a pdf version was also available at a lower price.

From the flyleaf and cover
- A concise Task-Based Approach
Title Fedora Linux,
Publisher O'Reilly
Author Chris Tyler
ISBN-10: 0-596-52682-2
ISBN-13 978-0-596-52682-5
Keywords: A non-guru book for beginners intermediate knowledge linux afficianados
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596526822
ISBN-13 978-0-596-52682-5 / ISBN-10: 0-596-52682-2

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Old 05-22-2007, 11:13 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9


This is the same book as Fedora Linux: A complete guide to Red Hat's community distribution; the title is simply Fedora Linux and the reviewers have been led astray by the publisher's descriptions on the front and back covers.

The author describes it as suitable for an administrator or power user migrating from another OS, but I think that underestimates its value: I found useful information despite having been with Fedora since version one, although I am a user of computers rather than an enthusiast for them.

I particularly liked the structured approach. The book is organised into tasks, like configuring printing or managing RAID. For each one we are told how to do it, how the method actually works, what more advanced activities are possible, and where to find more information.

The book covers Fedora 6 and should serve the upcoming version 7. Anyone new to Linux could do a lot worse than getting Fedora 7 and this guide.


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