Linux Desktop Pocket Reference

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While Mac OS X garners all the praise from pundits, and Windows XP attracts all the viruses, Linux is quietly being installed on millions of desktops every year. For programmers and system administrators, business users, and educators, desktop Linux is a breath of fresh air and a needed alternative to other operating systems.

The Linux Desktop Pocket Guide is your introduction to using Linux on five of the most popular distributions: Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, SUSE, and Ubuntu. ...

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Overview

While Mac OS X garners all the praise from pundits, and Windows XP attracts all the viruses, Linux is quietly being installed on millions of desktops every year. For programmers and system administrators, business users, and educators, desktop Linux is a breath of fresh air and a needed alternative to other operating systems.

The Linux Desktop Pocket Guide is your introduction to using Linux on five of the most popular distributions: Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, SUSE, and Ubuntu. Despite what you may have heard, using Linux is not all that hard. Firefox and Konqueror can handle all your web browsing needs; GAIM and Kopete allow you to chat with your friends on the AOL, MSN, and Yahoo! networks; and the email programs Evolution and Kontact provide the same functionality as Microsoft Outlook, with none of the cost. All of these programs run within the beautiful, feature-packed, and easy-to-use GNOME or KDE desktop environments.

No operating system truly "just works," and Linux is no exception. Although Linux is capable of running on most any computing hardware that Microsoft Windows can use, you sometimes need to tweak it just a little to make it work the way you really want. To help you with this task, Linux Desktop Pocket Guide covers essential topics, such as configuring your video card, screen resolution, sound, and wireless networking. And laptop users are not left out—an entire section is devoted to the laptop issues of battery life, sleep, and hibernate modes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101046
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 932,243
  • Product dimensions: 4.38 (w) x 7.08 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

David Brickner is an editor of Linux and open source books at O'Reilly Media, Inc. Before that, he worked as a Linux and Windows system administrator for eight years. He has used Linux servers since 1998, and has run it as his full-time desktop for the past four years. David enjoys reading Fantasy and Science-Fiction books, eating his own pumpkin bread, and going to the movies. He wishes his hobbies were woodworking and camping, but he hasn't done enough of either for this to be true.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Distributions 1
Ch. 2 Logging in 25
Ch. 3 GNOME 29
Ch. 4 KDE 43
Ch. 5 Applications 65
Ch. 6 Add, remove, and update programs 95
Ch. 7 Configuration 119
Ch. 8 Laptops 142
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    WHAT'S IN YOUR POCKET?

    Are you using one or more of the following Linux distributions: Fedora, Gentoo, Mandriva, Novell SUSE, and the desk-top-focused Debian derivative Ubuntu? If you are, then this book is for you! Author David Brickner, has written an outstanding mini guide to help you get the most out of your Linux experience. Brickner, begins with a valuable introduction to the Linux distributions. Then, he devotes a whole chapter to logging in. The author continues by looking GNOME. In addition, he discusses the KDI desktop. The author also presents at least two application programs for each program type. Then, the author shows you the basics of using each of the preferred package managers of each distribution. Next, he discusses how to configure some types of hardware with regards to Linux. Finally, he presents you with a grounding in the basics of what is needed and how the pieces fit together. After reading this excellent book, you'll learn all about the graphical programs and desktop environments that run on top of Linux. This book doesn't shy away from difficult topics in Linux instead, it jumps right in and tells you what you need to know about laptop power management, configuring your graphics card, and setting up sound and networking.

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