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Kuro5hin.org: Essential Linux Bookshelf III: Running Linux [Book Review]

May 09, 2000, 22:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Dunne)

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"In the last installment, we looked at the book that helped me get up and running with Linux, "Linux Installation and Getting Started". Today, that book has been superseded in printed form by its O'Reilly incarnation, "Running Linux". This, a much-expanded version of the original, is now in its third edition. Although I bought the first edition when it came out, I no longer have it, so I can't compare the two directly. However, my impression is that this 3rd edition, at 730 pages including the index, is substantially bigger than the 1st...."

"The introduction is the usual stuff: what is Linux, what hardware do you need, etc, etc. It contains a particularly-good section on "Open Source (sic) and the Philosophy of Linux". Really, every new Linux user should read this part at least; and I dare say many a one who already uses Linux would benefit as well. It's a shame that this section wasn't chosen as part of the samples from the book on the O'Reilly web site."

"I see we are told that "You should have at the very least 8 MB of RAM". Oh, well, had to happen. Though actually, Linux can still run in 4 MB -- it's just that most installation programs now want 8."

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