Linux for Dummies

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Previous editions of Linux For Dummies have garnered rave reviews. However, there’s one scary term applied to them—outdated! The 6th Edition remedies that with easy-to-understand information on the latest version of the most popular Linux distributions, including Fedora Core, SuSE, Mandrake, Xandros, Linspire, and Knoppix. This guide walks you though installing, configuring, tuning, and using each version of Linux, the low-cost, secure ...
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Overview

Previous editions of Linux For Dummies have garnered rave reviews. However, there’s one scary term applied to them—outdated! The 6th Edition remedies that with easy-to-understand information on the latest version of the most popular Linux distributions, including Fedora Core, SuSE, Mandrake, Xandros, Linspire, and Knoppix. This guide walks you though installing, configuring, tuning, and using each version of Linux, the low-cost, secure alternative to expensive operating systems. You’ll discover how to:
  • Prep your computer for Linux
  • Boot and stop Linux
  • Connect to the Internet, e-mail, surf the Web, and access and use cool Internet tools
  • Manage files and directories
  • Do word processing and more with Open Office.org
  • Updated material includes:
  • Info on the wireless Internet connection
  • Coverage of the new SELinux infrastructure, an important new security feature
  • Updated GNOME and KDE coverage

Written by Dee-Ann LeBlanc, award-winning author of numerous books and articles and author or coauthor of the popular previous editions of Linux For Dummies, this edition not only guides you step by step, it also includes an appendix of common Linux commands and a comprehensive index so you can find what you need to know without taking extra steps.

The bonus DVD includes:

  • The full, installable version of Fedora Core 3 and Knoppix
  • ISO images (that will save hours of downloading time) for SUSE live, Mandrake full version, Xandros Open Circulation version, and Linspire full version

If you want to explore the different distributions of Linux, this is the guide for you!

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“…don’t know where to start, look no further…” (PC Utilities, June 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764579370
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/24/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Dee-Ann LeBlanc is the author or coauthor of all previous editions of Linux For Dummies. She also develops and teaches courses on Linux, Unix, and other computer-related topics.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Your Feet Wet.

Chapter 1: Getting Acquainted with Linux.

Chapter 2: Prepping Your Computer for Linux.

Chapter 3: Installing Fedora Core.

Chapter 4: Installing Other Linux Distributions.

Chapter 5: Booting and Stopping Linux.

Chapter 6: Checking Out Those Desktops.

Chapter 7: Configuring Linux.

Part II: Internet Now!

Chapter 8: Connecting to the Internet.

Chapter 9: Using the Internet.

Part III: Getting Up to Speed with Linux.

Chapter 10: Manipulating Files and Directories.

Chapter 11: Checking Out the Linux Filesystem.

Chapter 12: Adding Software to Linux.

Chapter 13: A Secure Linux Box Is a Happy Linux Box.

Chapter 14: Working without the GUI.

Chapter 15: Gettin’ Gooey with the GUIs.

Part IV: Getting Things Done.

Chapter 16: Putting the X in Text.

Chapter 17: Word-Processing and More with OpenOffice.org.

Chapter 18: Multimedia Wow!

Chapter 19: Windows-Only Media Formats and Programs.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Troubleshooting Tips.

Chapter 21: Ten Cool Uses for Knoppix.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Common Linux Commands.

Appendix B: About the DVD-ROM.

Index.

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