Synopses & Reviews
Feature-rich, fast, and free — what's not to love about Linux?
You're going to love Linux, the open-source operating system that lets you create documents, browse the Web, work with audio and video files, and everything else you need without tossing your wallet out the windows. This easy-to-use guide tells you what you need to know to get a Linux desktop system installed, personalized, and working just for you!
- Start here — if you're new to Linux, learn what it is, how it works, and how to install it on your computer
Get to know the GNOME — and the KDE®, the two Linux desktops
Now the fun begins — enjoy music, video, and games; use the GIMP image editor; explore the Internet; and make Skype phone calls
Got work to do? — use the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software suite from OpenOffice.org
A teeny bit techie — discover how to handle file formats, create and manage user accounts, secure your system, and use virtual servers
Open the book and find:
- What "open source" means and how it works
When to consider a dual boot installation
An overview of different Linux distributions
How to use the Linux filesystem
Tips for adding software to Linux
How to burn CDs and listen to Internet radio
Cool Google Gadgets and how to add them to your desktop
Bonus DVD Includes
ISOs of Ubuntu Linux 9.04 and Fedora Core 11 Preview Edition for you to try
Please see the DVD appendix for details and complete system requirements.
With an influx of first-time Linux users comes the need for guidance laid out in simple everyday terms. The Linux for Dummies series has provided the backbone for beginning Linux user information for years. This book expands on this history by providing up-to-date guidance and information about the current popular Linux distributions. Linux for Dummies, 9th Edition
focuses on two types of Linux distributions popular with beginners - the Ubuntu LiveCD distribution (popular with Linux enthusiasts), and the gOS Linux distribution (pre-installed on Everex computers that can be purchased from major retailers). However, it also provides information about the full Fedora Linux distribution, for readers who wish to move up to a more robust Linux environment, or just compare their current Linux distribution to a full distribution.
- Series features:Linux For Dummies, 9th Edition,is written in the friendly, humorous, and easy-to-understand style that is the hallmark of the ...For Dummies brand.
One of the fastest ways to learn Linux is with this perennial favorite
Eight previous top-selling editions of Linux For Dummies can't be wrong. If you've been wanting to migrate to Linux, this book is the best way to get there. Written in easy-to-follow, everyday terms, Linux For Dummies 9th Edition gets you started by concentrating on two distributions of Linux that beginners love: the Ubuntu LiveCD distribution and the gOS Linux distribution, which comes pre-installed on Everex computers. The book also covers the full Fedora distribution.
- Linux is an open-source operating system and a low-cost or free alternative to Microsoft Windows; of numerous distributions of Linux, this book covers Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Core Linux, and gOS Linux, and includes them on the DVD.
- Install new open source software via Synaptic or RPM package managers
- Use free software to browse the Web, listen to music, read e-mail, edit photos, and even run Windows in a virtualized environment
- Get acquainted with the Linux command line
If you want to get a solid foundation in Linux, this popular, accessible book is for you.
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
Richard Blum has been both a systems and network administrator over the past 20 years. He has administered UNIX, Linux, Novell, and Microsoft servers, and has helped design and maintain a 3,500-user network. Richard is an expert in working with and programming Linux.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Your Feet Wet.
Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with Linux.
Chapter 2: Prepping Your Computer for Linux.
Chapter 3: Installing Linux.
Chapter 4: Examining the GNOME Desktop.
Chapter 5: Examining the KDE Desktop.
Part II: Getting Up to Speed with Linux.
Chapter 6: Getting to Know the Linux Filesystem.
Chapter 7: Using the Filesystem.
Chapter 8: Connecting to the Internet.
Part III: Getting Things Done.
Chapter 9: Using the Internet.
Chapter 10: E-Mailing the World.
Chapter 11: Putting the X in Text.
Chapter 12: Word Processing and More with OpenOffi ce.org.
Chapter 13: Messing with Audio.
Chapter 14: Messing with Video and Graphics.
Chapter 15: Playing with Google Gadgets.
Part IV: Junior Administrator Boot Camp.
Chapter 16: Adding Software to Linux.
Chapter 17: Working without the GUI.
Chapter 18: Basic System Administration.
Chapter 19: A Secure Linux Box Is a Happy Linux Box.
Chapter 20: The Virtual World.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 21: Ten Steps to Setting Up a Samba Server.
Chapter 22: Ten Troubleshooting Tips.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Common Linux Commands.
Appendix B: About the DVD.