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Slashdot: Using Caldera OpenLinux [Book Review]

Jan 26, 2000, 19:41 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Collings)

"This book tries very hard to be the only book one would need to be able to install and use Caldera Open Linux. It comes very close to meeting this objective and is useful for absolute beginners as well as more experienced Linux users."

"The book is divided into six main sections beginning with an introduction to Linux and comparisons between other distributions and OpenLinux. This is immediately followed by very concise instructions on installing OpenLinux. The next section, Using OpenLinux, contains 6 chapters that take the reader through the K Desktop Environment (KDE). Beginning with an introduction to the KDE and continuing through navigating and customizing the desktop, this section finishes with a look at the many KDE applications."

"Chapters 9 to 20 make up the third section which is titled OpenLinux System Administration. In this section we find almost everything we need to know about maintaining our basic OpenLinux system. There is an explanation of the Linux file system, a necessity for those coming from the DOS/Windows world, users, groups and permissions are also explained. Instructions are provided for making customizations to the shell environment, how to set up printing and how to install pre-built packages as well as how to build your own. This section also includes a chapter on building custom kernel modules, a nightmare for newbies, but something which inevitably needs to be done sometime. The section ends with a good description of LILO, the boot loader, and a list of the possible errors one might encounter."

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