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TheLinuxGurus.org: Linux for Your Laptop [Book Review]

Dec 26, 2000, 12:05 (1 Talkback[s])

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"Laptops are becoming more and more popular as the price of your average laptop continues to drop. Many people, myself included would like to run Linux on their laptop. There are quite a few resources scattered out on the net to help you get Linux onto your laptop, help includes such things as webpages detailing laptops known to work with Linux, drivers for laptop related hardware, information on installing Linux onto a laptop and other tidbits of information. There has not been (at least to my knowledge) a book written on the subject of Linux and laptops until the publication of Linux for Your Laptop by Prima Tech."

"Linux for Your Laptop is, as the name says, a book detailing using Linux on a laptop computer. I thought when I first got the book that it would simply have a chapter or two covering how to install Linux on a laptop, running Linux on a laptop, hardware considerations and a few other topics then the rest of the book would be your basic Linux reference with the same material covered in dozens of other books, I was wrong. This book is packed from cover to cover with valuable Linux laptop information, and while the author details the ins and outs of running Linux on a laptop he manages to find time to slip in details on how to actually use Linux."

"The book starts off describing the hardware needs and considerations you must take into account before buying a laptop for Linux or attempting to install Linux on a laptop you already own. Form factors, processors, graphics, expansion slots, sound and most other hardware considerations are completely described. Where appropriate the author points you to websites for further information. In fact, the book is filled with links to further information, drivers, programs and utilities. This is one thing that makes the book extremely valuable to someone with a laptop, if the book does not have the information you need then chances are it can point you to where you need to go. The end of each chapter has an extensive resource section that will point you to even more places to look for information."

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