" GNU/Linux desktop users already largely outnumber developers
and system administrators of the same software. Often, such users
do not know the root password or what a compiler is, and they have
no need, possibility or wish to learn it.
"This doesn't mean desktop users are clueless or lazy; they do
read man pages, learn to use the proper options of each command and
know that the command line can be extremely powerful. They remain,
however, typical SOHO users who don't administer networks or write
"The first, big merit of The Linux Cookbook is
acknowledging that such a class of users exists and limiting its
content to their daily needs. With the exception of a seven-page
appendix (Debian specific), installation and system administration
are tasks left to other books. The typical Cookbook reader already
has a working Linux system and wants to know how to use it more
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