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Complete Idiot's Guide to Linux

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Average Customer Rating: 4.18

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: A great book and a great CD for the Newbie
Comment: If you don't know anything about Linux this is the book to buy. Most Linux writers can't resist the urge to dump on the less knowledable computer user, to snub you with snide comments,"read the fine manual." The ulitmate Linux cult put down. But Manuel Ricart doesn't do that! In fact, Manuel leads you through the valley of the shadow of the command line to lay you down in the still waters of the KDE desktop, the best place for Windows 3.x and 9x user to start in Linux. Plus, at under $20 for software and user guides this is the best buy I've found. Don't torture yourself, start with Mr Ricart's able guidance and Caldera's easy to install software.

Customer Rating: 4
Summary: A good book for an interested Linux beginner.
Comment: I have read this book and found it to be useful in getting started with the included version of Linux, Caldera Open Linux 1.3. It includes an office productivity suite (StarOffice 4.0) in the software packages.

If you are thinking of trying Linux then I would suggest that this book, with its included software, is perhaps the cheapest way to sample this alternate operating system on your computer. I installed it on an 'Japan only model' IBM 230Cs laptop with a DX/2 50 MHz CPU and 20 MB of RAM. It worked fine! Think how it would be with a Pentium chip and 64 MB of RAM! The KDE window manager system is excellent and will appeal to novice and experienced Linux users alike.

Give it a try! You might find that you enjoy using a stable, powerful operating system that makes the most of new and older computers.

Customer Rating: 5
Summary: Common sense is required for all things...
Comment: Ok, If you are a windoze user and you want to upgrade to Linux, START here. Buy a copy of Red Hat 6.2, this book, and a more advanced book, like Learning Red Hat Visually (Includes a copy of Red Hat 6.2).

Read the idiots guide so you can start to4 move around and THEN use the Visual book that will show you screen shots of what you need to do for more advanced use. When you've mastered the visual book, get a book on hard core programming.

You will not find one book for newbies and old pro's. Stop looking for one. I started with the Visual book, big mistake. I got stuck and droped it for a few months. Do things in order and be patient. You won't learn how to edit your x11 files overnight, but if you can't seem to get your screen out of 648x480 at 60Hz eventually you will need to look there...Today, however, learn what PDW and LS really do before you start playing.