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The Joy of Linux: A Gourmet Guide to Open Source

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The Joy of Linux uncovers the "whys" of Linux. The fact is, there's a core to Linux that transcends a list of things you can type to get other things to happen. There's something to it that goes beyond "faster" and "better". People loved it before it was either. The Joy of Linux helps to clarify that love. This book will answer many questions. Why all the excitement? Where did all of the Linux users come from? What sort of community has room for a guy dressed like Obi Wan Kenobi and a blue-suited IBM old-timer? ...
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Overview

The Joy of Linux uncovers the "whys" of Linux. The fact is, there's a core to Linux that transcends a list of things you can type to get other things to happen. There's something to it that goes beyond "faster" and "better". People loved it before it was either. The Joy of Linux helps to clarify that love. This book will answer many questions. Why all the excitement? Where did all of the Linux users come from? What sort of community has room for a guy dressed like Obi Wan Kenobi and a blue-suited IBM old-timer? The Joy of Linux is also about making Linux work better. Some of the creative tools available to Linux users are almost inevitable because of the nature of the Linux community. You will learn about them and a little about how to use them. People who are living the Linux life will want to read it for a glimpse of themselves. People who want to live the Linux life will read it to understand the attraction. And the bystanders will read it because it's got some funny bits and might help explain why the guy in the server room is coming to work with black rings under his eyes.
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This Linux book's cover design is copied lock, stock, and barrel from that old classic, The Joy of Sex. Look past the book's gimmick, though, and you'll find an outstanding narrative about what it feels like to run Linux, and be part of the worldwide Linux community.

This book is about the helpless feeling of starting out a Linux newbie, and the ongoing rush that comes with gradually mastering it. It's about the lovers' quarrels between vi and Emacs users (one group's from Mars, the other's from Venus). It's about joining in the endless wait for Mozilla 1.0. It's about the changes in the world of Linux: the suits at the trade shows, the downdraft that caught the Linux stocks. But it's also about what abides: the culture, the values, the code.

Yes, in case you're wondering, it's also about getting things done. You will learn much of what you need to know to succeed with Linux: how to track down a hardware driver, enable a sound card, set up a dual-boot system. But it won't feel like you learned it from a book; it'll feel like you learned it from a friend, and from your own personal experience. (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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A hip introduction which covers not only the history and evolution of Linux in particular and open source software in general, but also issues such as women in the IT world; viruses, hackers, and Linux security; and gaming, penguins, and the Linux lifestyle. Numerous comics from geekculture.com are a nice touch. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761531517
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Do You Know Who Your Millions Of Partners Are?

Chapter 1: The Penguin on Top
Chapter 2: Are You Experienced?
Chapter 3: I Don't Do Windows
Chapter 4: Kissing Cousins, Lovers' Quarrels
Chapter 5: Chix Who Don't Fake It

Part Two: Doin' It

Chapter 6: I'm Clean! I Swear!
Chapter 7: Switch Hitters
Chapter 8: The Joy of Toys
Chapter 9: You Want to Put That Where?
Chapter 10: Messing around: The Penguin Plays Games
Chapter 11: Loud and Graphic
Chapter 12: Breaking up Is Hard to Do
Chapter 13: The Linux Sutra: Resources

Appendix: Gnu General Public License

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2001

    A How-To For New Users

    This book is simply fantastic. It should be one of the first books all new corporate and personal users of linux read. Not only is it a snapshot of where the linux community is today, but how to become part and most importantly _WHY_ to become a member. The writting is very clear and personal, making for an engaging read of the two authors travels in the linux community

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