Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds

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For years, computer users have put up with the bugs, security holes, and viruses on Windows because they had no choice. Until recently, there has never been a good alternative to Windows. But now, Windows users can switch to Linux, the reliable, secure, and spyware free operating system. Linux is easy to use, runs on almost any PC, and enables you to perform all the tasks you can do with Windows.

Getting to know Linux has never been easier, because now there's a way to ...

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Overview

For years, computer users have put up with the bugs, security holes, and viruses on Windows because they had no choice. Until recently, there has never been a good alternative to Windows. But now, Windows users can switch to Linux, the reliable, secure, and spyware free operating system. Linux is easy to use, runs on almost any PC, and enables you to perform all the tasks you can do with Windows.

Getting to know Linux has never been easier, because now there's a way to test-drive Linux without changing, installing, or configuring a thing on your computer. It's called Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds.

This latest release from O'Reilly comes with a Live CD called Move, that allows Windows users to try all the features of Mandrake Linux, a popular Linux distribution without the hassle of actually installing Linux. Users simply place the Move CD into their CD drive, boot from the disc, then watch an entire Mandrake system run on the fly from the CD-ROM.

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds is a detailed step-by-step guide to the Linux operating system and several popular open source programs. With this guide you can quickly learn how to use Linux to perform the tasks you do most: surf the web, send and receive email, instant message with friends, write letters, create spreadsheets, and even how to enhance your digital photos.

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds provides both home and business users with a hassle-free way to investigate this operating system before they purchase and install a complete Linux distribution.

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You’ve heard people rave about Linux. Maybe you’ve heard some horror stories, too. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could see for yourself, on your current PC, without touching your existing Windows installation? If you like what you see, then switch. Don’t like it? No harm, no foul. That’s the idea of this book and CD-ROM package. Test Driving Linux comes with a CD-ROM that’ll boot your computer into Linux without any muss, fuss, complicated installations, or risk.

Once you’ve placed the CD in your drive and restarted, David Brickner efficiently walks you through all the tools you’re likely to need: web browsing and email, MP3 burning and CD ripping, word processing and spreadsheets, image editing, even personal finance. With the KDE graphical interface, you might occasionally forget you’re not running Windows. But the absence of viruses, spyware, and expense will remind you. Bill Camarda, from the July 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007546
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

David Brickner is an editor of Linux and Open Source books at O'Reilly Media, Inc. Prior to that he worked as a Windows system administrator for eight years. He has used Linux servers since 1998, and run it as his full-time desktop for the past four years. David lives close to Boston, MA with his wife Claire and two well-behaved cats. He enjoys reading Fantasy and Science-Fiction books, eating his own pumpkin bread, and going to the movies with Claire. David wishes his hobbies were woodworking and camping, but he hasn't done enough of either for this to be true. David did not vote for Bush in any election.

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Table of Contents

Preface;
Audience;
System Requirements and USB Memory Key;
Organization of This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Safari Enabled;
We'd Like to Hear from You;
Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: Getting Started;
1.1 What Is Linux?;
1.2 Starting Up the Move CD;
1.3 The KDE Desktop;
1.4 Using a Typical KDE Application;
1.5 Controlling Windows;
1.6 Virtual Desktops;
1.7 Setting Your Desktop Background;
1.8 Linux Equivalents to Your Windows Programs;
1.9 Logging Out of KDE;
Chapter 2: Surf the Web;
2.1 Using Konqueror as a Web Browser;
2.2 Customizing Konqueror;
2.3 Disabling Pop-Up Ads;
2.4 Exploring Tabbed Web Browsing;
2.5 Teaching Konqueror to Lie;
2.6 Using Bookmarks;
2.7 Dealing with Helper Applications;
2.8 Accessing FTP Sites;
2.9 The Mozilla Web Browser;
Chapter 3: File Management;
3.1 Using Konqueror to Manage Files;
3.2 Accessing Network Files;
3.3 Konquering Advanced Techniques;
3.4 Accessing Files on Your Windows Hard Drive;
Chapter 4: Music and Videos;
4.1 Playing Music Files;
4.2 Watching Video Files;
4.3 Ripping and Encoding Music Files;
4.4 Burning CDs;
Chapter 5: Play Games;
5.1 The State of Gaming on Linux;
5.2 Trying Out the Games on the Move CD;
5.3 Getting Free Games on the Web;
5.4 Trying Out Game Emulators for Classic Games;
5.5 Running Commercial Linux Games;
5.6 Playing Windows Games on Linux;
5.7 Accessing Linux Online Gaming Resources;
Chapter 6: Email, Organizers, and Instant Messaging;
6.1 Making Kontact;
6.2 Using Email;
6.3 Configuring KMail;
6.4 Organizing Your Email;
6.5 Organizing Your Time;
6.6 Create a Computerized Address Book;
6.7 Instant Messaging with Kopete;
Chapter 7: Edit Digital Images;
7.1 Getting Images;
7.2 Viewing Images;
7.3 Getting to Know the GIMP;
7.4 Taking Screenshots;
Chapter 8: Customize Your Desktop;
8.1 Basic Customization;
8.2 Customizing the Kicker Panel;
8.3 Changing the Look of KDE;
8.4 Creating Keyboard Shortcuts;
8.5 Eye Candy on the Web;
Chapter 9: A Free Office Suite;
9.1 The OpenOffice.org Office Suite;
9.2 Writer Basics;
9.3 Advanced Formatting with Styles;
9.4 Other Features in Writer;
9.5 Calc;
9.6 The Future of OpenOffice.org;
Chapter 10: Manage Your Finances;
10.1 Getting Started;
10.2 The Account;
10.3 The GnuCash Accounts Window;
10.4 Transactions;
10.5 Reports;
10.6 Real-Life Examples;
Chapter 11: The Command Line;
11.1 Understanding the Command Line;
11.2 Important Commands;
11.3 Useful Navigation Tips;
11.4 Finding and Stopping Runaway Programs;
11.5 Zipping and Unzipping Files;
Chapter 12: Great Programs That Aren't on the CD;
12.1 GNOME: An Alternative to KDE;
12.2 Evolution: An Outlook Work-Alike;
12.3 Firefox: A Powerful Web Browser;
12.4 Thunderbird: A Feature-Rich Email Client;
12.5 MythTV: TiVo for Your Linux Computer;
12.6 Running Microsoft Office on Linux;
12.7 Creating Web Pages;
12.8 KDevelop: A Complete Programming Environment;
12.9 Scribus: Designing Magazine and Advertisement Layouts;
12.10 Instant Messaging with Gaim;
Chapter 13: Pre-Switching Information;
13.1 Choose Your Linux;
13.2 Windows-Like Linux;
13.3 Linux-Like Linux;
13.4 Getting More Information;
13.5 Summary;
Appendix A: Solutions to Common Problems;
A.1 Your Computer Won't Boot from the CD;
A.2 Move Won't Boot Completely;
A.3 Problems with the USB Memory Key;
A.4 Setting Up Your Monitor;
A.5 Setting Up the Network;
A.6 Configuring Your Printer;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2005

    very tempting

    Very tempting. Brickner offers a Microsoft Windows user a simple way to try out linux. By booting from the book's CD. An elegant formulation that dates back over 20 years, to earlier operating systems, where you might have an emergency, read-only medium to boot from. In the linux world, Knoppix is the best known bootable linux. This book uses a slightly different version, which it calls Move. If you boot Move, the book shows how it runs the KDE interface, instead of the Gnome. The KDE should be easy for a Microsoft user to grasp. Plus, it comes with several virtual desktops. Only 2 by default, but you can have up to 16. A great increase in your workarea. You should definitely try this, assuming that you decide to boot from the CD. The book just talks briefly about the differences between Move and Knoppix. But I doubt if a Microsoft user would care. Even a regular linux user might feel the same way.

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