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Debian GNU/Linux for Dummies

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Average Customer Rating: 3

Customer Rating: 1
Summary: DEFECTIVE Software on CDs
Comment: Defective software on CDs

when the Debian GNU/Linux install program is run, it generates numerous error messages about Broken Packages etc. On page 203 of the book it says that Netscape Communicator 4.7 is included on CD. It is NOT on either of the 2 CDs. Also the GNOME desktop that is included is an unstable ALPHA version. On top of that the Debian GNU / Linux is an old version 2.1 (slink). The current version of debian is 2.2 (potato). The book is good. BUT the software is bad. If you wanted to buy the book for the software like I did, DONT BUY IT.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: EXCELLENT BOOK. Two CDs included!
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BACK COVER:

Your guide to a secure, stable Debian system. This friendly guide will help you join the rapidly growing community of Open Source operating systems users. The text is packed with pointers covering everything from installing this popular Linux distribution to applying expert troubleshooting techniques. With these hot tips, you'll have your system up and running in no time!

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INDEX

PART I: GETTING UP AND RUNNING WITH DEBIAN

Chapter 1: Meet Debian GNU/Linux: Operating System on the Move

Chapter 2: Discoving your Hardware

Chapter 3: Preparing to Install Debian

Chapter 4: Installing Debian

Chapter 5: Configuring Debian

PART II: INTERFACING WITH DEBIAN

Chapter 6: Boot Problems, Logging In, and Root (Oh My!)

Chapter 7: Using Debian from the Command Line

Chapter 8: File This: Checking Out Debian's File System

Chapter 9: Configuring (and Fixing) X Windows

Chapter 10: There's No Business Like Gnome Business

PART III: USING DEBIAN AS YOUR WORKSTATION

Chapter 11: Working with text: vi: and gnotepad+

Chapter 12: Connecting Debian to the Internet

Chapter 13: Web Browsing, E-Mail, and Newsgroups

Chapter 14: Securing Your Debian System

PART IV: THE PART OF TENS

Chapter 15: Ten Troubleshooting Tips

Chapter 16: Ten Really Cool Web Sites for Debian Users

Chapter 17: Ten Places to Get More Software or Information

Chapter 18: Ten Programs That Every GNOME User Can Use

PART V: APPENDIXES

Appendix A: A Summary Of Linux Terms And Commands

Appendix B: The Most-Requested vi Commands

Appendix C: GNU/LINUX System Components and Applications

Appendix D: About the CD

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Reviewers Comments:

This book is for beginners with Unix or Linux.

I like Bellomo's writing. I always feel like I got my money's worth.

His books are easy to follow and get you up and running quickly. This book and another of his other books "Linux Administration For Dummies" are both excellent tools to learn Linux well.

Many people are a little daunted by Linux. You don't need to be daunted with these guidebooks and references. If you are a beginner with Linux, this is the best book you can buy. And I find it priced reasonably compared to other Linux books.

The information in the command line section will give you a fast leg up. All the really useful commands are discussed, every command you will need to operate Linux and some of the more powerful ones used for finding files, bring up recently used commands, man pages, process status (ps), and the command "ps -ef | grep " that regular's with Unix use so often. Also included is everything else you might want to do with Linux, like printing, connecting to the Internet, text editing, and security, to name a few.

There is a complete Debian distribution included on two disks, as well as references to ten cool Debian web sites-which will help you with updates, software, and other goodies.

Great book at a reasonable price. Funny comics. Get started right with this book.

Bart Senior