"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."