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

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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.
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Linux distribution is now slightly out of date, although it is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

“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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