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Includes Debian GNU/Linux on 2 CD-ROMs!

Get help on installing and configuring Debian/GNU Linux!

Your guide to a secure, stable Debian system This friendly guide will help you join the rapidly growing community of Open Source operating system users. The text is packed with pointers covering everything from installing this popular Linux distribution to applying expert troubleshooting techniques. With these hot tips, you'll have your system up ...

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Overview

Includes Debian GNU/Linux on 2 CD-ROMs!

Get help on installing and configuring Debian/GNU Linux!

Your guide to a secure, stable Debian system This friendly guide will help you join the rapidly growing community of Open Source operating system users. The text is packed with pointers covering everything from installing this popular Linux distribution to applying expert troubleshooting techniques. With these hot tips, you'll have your system up and running in no time! all this on 2 bonus CD-ROMs Debian GNU/Linux distribution Demo version of the office suite Applixware for Linux Evaluation version of Tripwire 2.0 for Linux Diskcheck 3.1.1 utility to monitor hard drive space and more System requirements: PC with 16MB of RAM (32MB recommended), CD-ROM drive (2X or faster). For complete information and system requirements, see the CD-ROM appendix.

Discover how to: Set up your Internet connection and Web browser Use file tools and permissions Configure X Window System with ease Work with the GNOME desktop Troubleshoot software problems

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Debian: Now we're talking serious Linux. Hard core. Rock solid, constantly improving -- thanks to the efforts of a worldwide, extraordinarily capable development community -- but not exactly designed for sale at your local shopping mall. Want to explore Debian without renouncing the rest of your life? Here's your book: Debian/GNU Linux for Dummies.

You get the complete Debian GNU/Linux distribution on two CD-ROMs -- plus start-to-finish guidance from Michael Bellomo, a long-time Linux/Unix author who's an outstanding escort for uninitiated *nix users. Bellomo walks you through the ins and outs of Debian installation and configuration (we don't need no stinkin' setup wizards); introduces the root account; and shows how to use the command line -- "the true path to freedom." You'll learn how to make your way around the Debian file system (and actually find your files); then configure XWindows and GNOME (should you insist upon your GUI security blanket).

There are concise chapters on editing with vi and gnotepad+; connecting Debian to the Internet; and setting up Netscape for web browsing, email, and newsgroups. There's also a solid introduction to securing your Debian system. Long-time Linux hackers might not choose the Dummies(r) version, but for everyone else, it's a great way to leverage Debian's power without getting tripped up by its austere interface and documentation. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764507137
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/2000
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Bellomo is a Unix/Linux network administrator and the author of Master Red Hat® Linux® Visually™ and Linux® Administration For Dummies®.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Getting Up and Running with Debian.

Chapter 1: Meet Debian GNU/Linux: Operating System on the Move.

Chapter 2: Discovering Your Hardware.

Chapter 3: Preparing to Install Debian.

Chapter 4: Installing Debian.

Chapter 5: Configuring Debian.

PART II: Interfacing with Debian.

Chapter 6: Boot Problems, Logging In, and Root (Oh, My!).

Chapter 7: Using Debian from the Command Line.

Chapter 8: File This: Checking Out Debian's File System.

Chapter 9: Configuring (and Fixing) X Windows.

Chapter 10: There's No Business Like GNOME Business.

PART III: Using Debian as Your Workstation.

Chapter 11: Working with Text: vi and gnotepad+.

Chapter 12: Connecting Debian to the Internet.

Chapter 13: Web Browsing, E-Mail, and Newsgroups.

Chapter 14: Securing Your Debian System.

PART IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 15: Ten Troubleshooting Tips.

Chapter 16: Ten Really Cool Web Sites for Debian Users.

Chapter 17: Ten Places to Get More Software or Information.

Chapter 18: Ten Programs That Every GNOME User Can Use.

PART V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: A Summary of Linux Terms and Commands.

Appendix B: The Most-Requested vi Commands.

Appendix C: GNU/Linux System Components and Applications.

Appendix D: About the CD.

Index.

IDG Books Worldwide End-User License Agreement.

GNU License Agreement.

Installation Instructions.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    Skims the surface.

    I picked up this book at a bn store hoping to get Debian set up and running. I have used RedHat Linux 6.2, and i am a Computer Science student in College, so i'm no slouch. Unfortunately, this book simply did not offer the kind of depth of information needed to set up and configure a Debian system. Debian is a serious Linux user's distribution. It is honestly not as easy to set up and use as some of the other distributions. (But i still think it's a great distribution.) I plan to purchase O'Reilly's Learning Debian/GNU Linux, which has been recommended to me. In short, if you want to set up a Debian system, you either need lots of Linux experience, or a big, complete reference book. A (relatively) short book like Debian for Dummies just doesn't cut the mustard.

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