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32BitsOnline: O'Reilly's Running Linux [Book Review]

Jun 20, 2000, 07:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Bashaw)

"Running Linux, written by Matt Welsh, Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Lar Kaufman, and published by O'Reilly and Associates, is often hailed as the one book that all Linux users, neophytes and experts alike, should read. Now in its third edition, the book continues the pedigree it has acquired while reasonably keeping up with the massive changes in Linux."

"The third edition was released for publication in August, 1999, in the midst of some of the most major changes in Linux; including the creation and wide acceptance of two graphical environments (KDE and GNOME), the porting of major databases to Linux (DB2, Oracle 8i, and Sybase), the creation of even more flavors of Linux distributions (Mandrake, YellowDog, Corel), and the debut of some of the hottest IPOs in the history of the stock market."

"However, even with these massive changes, the core of Linux and its attendant utilities have remained essentially unchanged, at least from the user perspective. Does it really matter that one distribution utilizes kernel 2.0.36 while another uses 2.2.14? Yes, but only for a certain sector of the Linux population. For many users, the ones who want to "use" Linux but do not necessarily care that the 2.2 kernel has improved SMP code, the details of each release aren't especially relevant."

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