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Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!by Marcel Gagne
Synopses & Reviews
Moving to Linux can help you migrate from Windows to Linux in just hours! By the time you're finished, you'll be able to do virtually anything in Linux?without the aggravation, crashes, security risks, or high costs of running Windows.
This is not a book for techies. It's a book for people like you: people who write documents, create spreadsheets, surf the Web, send emails, listen to CDs, play games?and want to do it simply with Linux, without becoming technical experts.
Say goodbye to Windows® crashes, viruses, hassles, and cost!
Moving to Linux can help you migrate from Windows to Linux in just hours! By the time you've finished, you'll be able to do virtually anything in Linux-without the aggravation, crashes, security risks, or high costs of running Windows!
This is not a book for techies! It's a book for people like you: people who write documents, create spreadsheets, surf the Web, send emails, listen to CDs, play games-and want to do it simply in Linux, without becoming technical experts!
There's more!! Write, calculate, and present with OpenOffice.org, the free office suite for Linux that can also read and write all of your existing Microsoft Office documents.
Say goodbye to expensive software upgrades, burdensome Microsoft licensing, Windows viruses, and "blue screens of death." Say hello to computing the way it's supposed to be—with Linux!
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Includes special bootable Linux "Knoppix" CD: prove the power, simplicity, and value of Linux to yourself without touching your current Windows system!
Praise for Marcel Gagnés Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!
This is kind of a funny book for me to be recommending to readers of a Windows newsletter, but a lot of people ask me about this topic, so here goes. Author Marcel Gagné is a columnist for Linux Journal, and in Moving to Linux hes prepared a step-by-step guide to converting a Windows PC to Linux—or just trying it! The book includes a bootable CD with a version of Linux that you can poke around in without touching or changing anything about your Windows installation. If your boss is asking, Whats with this Linux stuff?, moving to Linux is a great way to show that you know what youre talking about.
Pros: Too many to list in the available space. We liked the book from the very first page right through to the end. Gagné has done a solid job of exposing Linux and all its components in a way that is both inviting, useful, and easy to understand . . . We really liked this book—highly recommended.
Marcel walks the user through each technique in a very chatty and comfortable style. In fact, when I put the book down, I had a momentary impression that Id just finished watching a good cooking show with an entertaining chef. (Australian readers may understand if I say that it felt like having just watched Ian Parmenter do an episode of Consuming Passions.)
Gagnés Moving to Linux is a straightforward exposition of just how a non-hacker PC user can get rid of The Blue Screen of Death. If you have a friend, a co-worker, a significant other, or a relative who periodically screams, sighs, bursts into tears, or asks for help, heres the simple solution. It comes with a bootable CD of Knoppix, Klaus Knoppers variant of Debian.
This is a book aimed not at you, dear developer/techie/guru, but at your friends, acquaintances, and family who are lowly users of Windows. Yes, such people do exist even in the tightest of families. Fear not, however, because salvation is at hand should any of them decide that this Linux thing might be worth investigating. No longer will you be faced with the unenviable task of walking them through the process of switching OS. Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! is a big, bold, and friendly guide to help them along. The emphasis is firmly on using Linux as a desktop system—this isnt a book about Linux as a file, print, or Web server.
Say Goodbye to Windows®-Related Crashes, Viruses, Hassles, and Costs!
Today, Linux is more powerful, useful, and practical than ever before! Moving to Linux, Second Edition, can help you migrate from Windows to the latest and best versions of Linux in just hours. By the time youre finished, youll be able to do virtually anything in Linux—without the aggravation, crashes, security risks, or high costs of running Windows!
This is not a book for techies! Its for people who write documents, create spreadsheets, surf the Web, use email, listen to music, watch movies, and play games—and want to do it in Linux, without becoming technical experts.
Theres more! Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with OpenOffice.org 2.0—the free office suite for Linux thats now easier, more powerful, and even more compatible with Microsoft Office.
Say goodbye to expensive software upgrades, burdensome Microsoft licensing, Windows viruses, and blue screens of death. Say hello to computing the way its supposed to be—with Linux!
About the Author
Marcel Gagné is best known as the award-winning author of Linux Journal's "Cooking with Linux" series, for which he received the Readers' Choice award for favorite column two years in a row. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed book, Linux System Administration: A User's Guide, also published by Addison-Wesley.
Table of Contents
Is Linux Really FREE? The GPL. So What Do I Gain? What Do I Lose? Some Tips on Using this Book. Help Me! About the CD. It's My Philosophy. Resources.
2. Ready…Set… Linux!
Getting Linux. Getting a Free Copy of Linux. Dual Booting. Preserving Your Data. A Linux-Only System. Windows on Linux. Breaking Free! Resources.
3. The Installation.
Getting Ready for Your Installation. Hardware Considerations. Dual Booting Revisited. An Installation Comparison. A Mandrake Linux Install. Putting On The Red Hat. A SuSE Install. Not So Tough Installs. Starting and Stopping Linux. And Now… Linux! Resources.
4. Getting Your Hands Dirty.
Getting to Know You…KDE. Logging In. Becoming One with the Desktop. Your First Application. Windows, Title Bars, and Menus, Oh My! Resizing Windows. Command Central. A Polite Introduction to the Command Line. Changing Your Password. Konquest of the Desktop.
5. Konquering Your World.
Files, Directories, and the Root of All Things. Wherever You Go…. Enhancing Konqueror. Uh, Roger, Copy That… Creating New Directories. Copying Files and Directories (and Moving, Too!) Deleting Files and Directories. My World, My Way. Making Your Home a Home.
6. Customizing Your Desktop (or Making Your World Your Own).
I Am Sovereign of All I Survey… Save My Screen, Please! Moving Things Around. Is That a Theme or a Motif? Adding Icons and Shortcuts to Your Desktop. Miscellaneous Changes.
7. Installing New Packages.
Linux and Security. Kpackage. RPMs, the Shell Way. Look, Use the Source. The Extract and Build Five-Step. Resources.
8. Working with Devices.
Yes, It Runs with Linux! Plug and Play. Getting Familiar with Your Hardware. Printers and Printing. Modems versus Winmodems. What? More Devices? Resources.
9. Connecting to the Internet.
Before You Begin. Getting on the Net. Connecting to the Net with a Modem. Okay, I'm Connected Now What? What about My Windows Friends? Resources.
10. Electronic Mail.
Be Prepared… Kmail. Let's Communicate! Evolution. Other Options. Resources.
11 Surfing the Net (Just Browsing?)
Konqueror. Cool Konqueror Tricks. Mozilla. Wrapping up. Resources.
12. Keeping Up to Date.
Mandrake Update. Red Hat up2date. SuSE's Online Update. Ximian's Red Carpet. The Not-So-Final Word on Updates. Resources.
13 Word Processors (It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…)
OpenOffice.org Writer. Write Now! Toolbars of Every Kind. Help! To Word or Not to Word? Personalizing Your Environment. Running on AutoPilot. Navigating Style. Speaking of Document Elements… More!Give Me More! Other Options. Resources.
14. Spreadsheets (Tables You Can Count on).
Starting a New Spreadsheet and Entering Data. Basic Math. Saving Your Work. Complex Charts and Graphs, Oh My! Alternatives. Resources.
15. Presentation Graphics (For Those Who Need No Introduction).
Getting Ready to Impress. Instant Web Presentations. So What's with the Penguin? Extra! Extra! Resources.
16. Graphics and Art (Just Call Me Leonardo).
Working with a Digital Camera. Scanning. Optical Character Recognition. Welcome to the GIMP. Printing Your Masterpiece. Tools, Tools, and More Tools.
17. Multimedia (If Music Be the Food of Love…).
Adjusting the Levels. KsCD, the KDE CD Player. XMMS. Noatun. Ripping and Burning Songs. K3b for a Friendlier Burn. Lights, Camera, Action: Moving Pictures. Playing the MS-Only Plugin Game. Then, There's Mplayer! Using MPlayer as a Browser Plugin. It's a Wrap! Resources.
18. Fun and Games (Very Serious Fun).
Security Revisited. Take Me out to the Arcade. Deal those Cards, Ace. B-4. Miss. E-7. Hit! Educational Games. 3D Accelerated Fun. More Games! I Need More Games! Resources.
Appendix A: The GNU General Public License.
Appendix B: Take Command of Linux.
An Easy Start. Working with Files. A Peek at Metacharacters. File Permissions in the Shell. Standard Input and Standard Output. Pipes and Piping. Working with Directories. More on File Permissions. User and Group Ownership. Who Can Do What? Finding Anything. Forging on… References.
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