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Yearning to Learn LINUX? Power Up on LINUX Quickly, Easily and Cheaply with LINUX(r) For Dummies(r), 2nd Edition

Foster City, CA - March 1, 1999 - The buzz on LINUX has accelerated
exponentially as more computer industry manufacturing and software
heavyweights espouse the award-winning freeware operating system. IBM,
Corel, Dell and Netscape are just a few of the companies that have recently
joined the bandwagon with announcements of product and systems support for
LINUX. Initially, the UNIX-based, multi-tasking, multi-user operating
system was primarily the realm of systems administrators and technophiles.
But the speed, stability, and flexibility of LINUX -- combined with the
fact that it is free to use, modify, and copy - has made it increasingly
popular with developers. As a result, even mainstream computer users can
now benefit from the power and freedom LINUX offers. LINUX For Dummies, 2nd
Edition from IDG Books Worldwide is easy-to-follow guide, designed to help
users smoothly capitalize on the advantages of LINUX - even with no prior
LINUX or UNIX experience.

Author Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive Director of LINUX International and a
formidable LINUX cheerleader leaves the jargon out and keeps the
entertainment in as he systematically takes the reader through every level,
from understanding the origins and capabilities of LINUX to building and
customizing a complete LINUX system.

Readers will learn how to install, organize, maximize and troubleshoot
LINUX. Hall advises on how to:

* master the LINUX command system increase the power of LINUX with its
* helpful configuration utilities select an appropriate shell program to
* fit the user's needs become adept with X Windows, the graphical portion
* of LINUX configure the system for the Internet maintain and keep your new
* system humming

An included CD-ROM contains setup software for Red Hat LINUX 5.2 for Intel
X86, a powerful operating system from Red Hat Software, Inc.

LINUX for Dummies, 2nd Edition is simply the easiest, fastest way for users
to discover and join the LINUX evolution.

About the Author:

Jon "maddog" Hall is the Executive Director of LINUX International, a
non-profit organization focused on promoting the existing advantages and
compatibility of LINUX. Previously Department head of computer Science at
Hartford State Technical College, Hall currently works for Compaq Computer
Corporation in the UNIX Software Development group. He is a frequent
speaker for LINUX user groups.

About the Book:

LINUX(r) For Dummies(r), 2nd Edition, By Jon Hall 0-7645-0421-5  $24.99
US/$35.99 Canada

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