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Linux Journal: Book Review: Linux for the Rest of Us

Mar 10, 2003, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"A great many Linux books are available, covering the gamut from installation and advanced configuration through networks, programming and many other special uses. The majority of these books are lengthy, containing volumes of information. Those new to Linux often find them intimidating. So what should the Linux neophyte do? Turn to Linux for the Rest of Us, of course. Mark Rais' new book promises to be readable and to offer the information and first-hand knowledge the beginner needs.

"The meat of the book is divided into five sections, for a total of 22 chapters and an appendix. Although the book is short and to the point, 108 pages, it does not skimp on information. Much of it reads like a technical or instruction manual, but with some real-world experience mixed in.

"The first section, Raw Basics, takes the reader from starting his or her first Linux installation, through manipulating files and an introduction to the command prompt and many of the basic commands. The chapter on installation has a distinct Red Hat orientation. It covers types of installs, partitioning, network configuration and boot loaders. This section also touches on dual booting, a topic likely to interest users coming from other operating systems. The author wisely encourages the reader to seek additional information on dual booting before attempting it. Despite targeting a particular Linux distribution, the included Dos and Don'ts could apply to any of them. Furthermore, it offers advice and clarification on many of the installation steps that a beginner is unlikely to find anywhere else..."

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