Linux Desktop Starter Kit

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9780072122831: Linux Desktop Starter Kit

This is a guide and reference to Red Hat Linux. It is intended to take developers from the basics of applications through to a solid understanding of desktop capabilities.

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Large is the universe of all-purpose Linux books that ship with a distribution of the popular open-source Unix clone on CD-ROM. Linux Desktop Starter Kit definitely fits into that group (with four distributions included), but it differentiates itself from the herd through its balanced treatment of several popular Linux distributions and a strong chapter on home networking with Linux. The book also pays careful attention to productivity applications that compete with Microsoft Office and other mainstream suites, instead of treating them like an afterthought like other books--which tend to focus on the operating system at the expense of the things you can do with it.

The home-networking chapter deserves a second mention. It shows exactly what you need to do to configure Microsoft Windows computers for TCP/IP networking, set up a Linux box as a print and file server using Samba, and link everything together. The book even provides a recipe for using Linux IP masquerading as a way of sharing an Internet connection between all the computers on the little network you've set up. The recipe is simple and specific to a certain case, but the book reprints the whole IP-masquerading how-to document as an appendix. In fact, about half this book is how-to documents, including the ones on modems and boot-time parameters. Sure, the how-tos exist on the Internet, but printed copies of them--beside Lathrop's solid tutorials--have extra value. --David Wall

Topics covered: Installing, configuring, and running Linux, explained for the benefit of a reader with no Unix experience and little systems-administration knowledge. The book focuses on Red Hat Linux 6.1, but several others (Caldera OpenLinux 2.3, TurboLinux Workstation 3.6, and SuSE Linux 6.1) get substantial attention. Beyond installation, the focus is on office-suite work with StarOffice and (to a lesser extent) Corel WordPerfect Suite. How-to documents explain working with sound, modems, IP masquerading, and networking.

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Everything you need to install, configure, and get started with Linux -- quickly and easily!

If you're among the growing number of Windows users wanting to switch over to Linux or use both Linux and Windows together, this kit will help you get up and running in no time! This highly accessible, easy-to-use book/CD-ROM package contains everything you need to get started including installation instructions, basic configuration guidelines, and general rules of thumb that'll have you using Linux in a matter of hours. You will be able to do the same jobs you do in Windows -- word processing, spreadsheets, email - using the same skills, all for a fraction of the cost of running Microsoft Office. The starter kit covers all major distributions available, including Red Hat Linux, SuSe Linux, and Caldera OpenLinux and contains the latest versions of each on the accompanying CD-ROM. And, the book includes a special section on laptops plus coverage of more advanced operations such as file permissions, and memory management.

This complete starter kit will show you how to:

  • Install Linux on your desktop
  • Configure Linux easily and troubleshoot problems new users may encounter
  • Connect to the Internet using your current ISP
  • Use PartitionMagic to run both Windows and Linux on the same PC
  • Work in Linux as easily in Windows, at a fraction of the cost
  • Resolve any laptop issues including PCM cards, modems, IRQ conflicts, LCS screens, and power management

Written in an engaging, non-technical style, and filled with practical step-by-step instructions, the Linux Desktop Starter Kit is the most complete, hassle-free guide to getting started with Linux today!

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