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LWN: Special Edition Using Caldera OpenLinux [Book Review]

Dec 16, 1999, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Slade)

"The Linux titles are coming thick and fast these days. This offering has a strong Caldera presence, with a number of the authors working for the company. The early sections of the book will be useless to anyone using another Linux variant, but later parts may be helpful to some."

"The introductory section has a chapter that does a very good, and mostly even-handed, job of explaining Linux and the variety of forms available. The chapter on installation is not written to the same standard. The user is primarily walked through the automated installation system, and certain parts of that, such as repartitioning the hard drive on an existing system, may just be slightly harder than the book makes out."

"The second section, on using OpenLinux, isn't, really. Actually, it concentrates on using the K Desktop Environment (KDE), and hardly mentions the basic Linux system at all. There is an introduction to, and navigation of, the desktop, customization, the KDE Desktop Manager, KDE applications, and KOffice."

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