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TheLinuxGurus.org: Inside Linux [Book Review]

Dec 03, 2000, 19:51 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Writing book reviews can be a chore, believe it or not. Sometimes its just hard to find things to write about, its not that the book is bad, just that its nothing to get excited about and so you can be at a loss for words. Really bad books and really good books are easy to write about, fortunately this book falls into the really good category. Inside Linux attempts to cover Linux from all angles, from installation, configuration, networking and system administration. The book is also fairly distribution agnostic and most of the information presented is valid across all Linux platforms. Specific distributions covered are Red Hat, SuSE, Slakware, and Caldera. However, only in a few places does the author revert to distribution specific material."

"The writing is clear and concise, in fact it is very straightforward and not dressed up any. The author takes a hands on approach to teaching Linux, he basically says "This is what needs to be done, here is how we do it and this is why." Anyone should be able to follow the examples in the book with little trouble as very little of the book gets very technical. The only section of the book that is a bit confusing is the sections on the Linux boot process which I feel could have probably been left out and not affected the book at all."

"The book starts with an excellent discussion of Linux, what it is, why you would want to use it and where to find further information. Installing Linux is covered next and most of the major distributions are covered. Excellent coverage is given to what I consider the most important aspect of installing Linux, system requirements and hardware compatibility. I cannot count the number of questions I receive from people having trouble installing Linux and the problem turns out to be a hardware compatibility problem. Each major piece of hardware is discussed and recommendations are made where appropriate...."

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