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OK, you’ve not only gotten Linux running, you can make your way around KDE or Gnome. Even the shell. You’re actually getting pretty good at it. Now you’re itching to go further. Roderick Smith has written Linux Power Tools for you. Whatever leading distro you prefer -- Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, Slackware, or SuSE -- this book will help you make the most of it.
Why be satisfied with getting X Window System working, when you can tweak it for significantly better performance? Why be satisfied with your system’s existing disk performance, when a bit of repartitioning (or some filesystem tweaking) can make all the difference?
Why be satisfied with the way your bundled web browsers work, when you can enhance everything from their font display to their security?
Maybe you need better cross-platform compatibility? Maybe you’re confused about which Linux printing system to use -- BSD LPD, LPRng, or CUPS? Maybe you’re struggling with fonts (you sure won’t be the first Linux user with font problems).
These are just a few of the issues Linux Power Tools can help you with.
Not sure how to set up an incremental backup with tar? Configure your digital camera with gPhoto? Bypass your distro’s automatic con?gurations? Provide secure remote logins with SSH? Configure GRUB or LILO (but, umm, not Stitch)? It’s all here.
Some of this stuff can be tricky (for instance, resizing filesystems or using NTP time synchronization). No matter how hard or obscure the subject matter, though, Smith’s clarity and experience will carry you through. We’ve seen no faster route to Power Userville. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.