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Linux Journal: The Linux Cookbook: A Book Review

May 24, 2002, 08:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

" GNU/Linux desktop users already largely outnumber developers and system administrators of the same software. Often, such users do not know the root password or what a compiler is, and they have no need, possibility or wish to learn it.

"This doesn't mean desktop users are clueless or lazy; they do read man pages, learn to use the proper options of each command and know that the command line can be extremely powerful. They remain, however, typical SOHO users who don't administer networks or write programs.

"The first, big merit of The Linux Cookbook is acknowledging that such a class of users exists and limiting its content to their daily needs. With the exception of a seven-page appendix (Debian specific), installation and system administration are tasks left to other books. The typical Cookbook reader already has a working Linux system and wants to know how to use it more efficiently..."

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