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Linux Format: Book Review: Teach Yourself Linux in 24 Hours -- Second Edition

Oct 21, 2000, 20:06 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Howells)

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"This book is firmly aimed at the Linux newbie, and as such, is supplied with a copy of Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 and special versions of Bootmagic and Partition Magic on the CD. Although Boot Magic is the full product, and suitable for users who want to shy away from the joys of LILO or Grub, Partition Magic is a limited product, only capable of creating partitions in two pre-defined sizes, limiting its usefulness somewhat. This Caldera Linux distribution is now slightly out of date, although it is particularly orientated to the Windows user who wishes to dual boot Windows and Linux on their machine."

"The book begins, sensibly enough with the basics: how to get Linux installed on your PC. Of course, since the book comes with OpenLinux on the CD, the guide is very much orientated towards the OpenLinux distribution. Naturally, if you already have a different Linux distribution installed on your computer (say SuSE or Red Hat or Slackware), then you can skip this section. Subsequent chapters cover post-installation issues such as setting up sound, and ensuring that XFree86 is correctly configured for your hardware."

"Although most of what is written in the book would apply equally to any Linux distribution, throughout the book, "OpenLinux" is referred to, reflecting the contents of the included CD-ROM, rather than a more generic "Linux". I found this to be slightly irritating. Although you are certainly not going to be a Linux guru after reading this book, even if you manage to learn everything, the book provides a useful albeit reasonably gentle introduction to Linux, with more advanced sections where required."

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