Debian: Now we're talking serious Linux. Hard core. Rock solid, constantly improving -- thanks to the efforts of a worldwide, extraordinarily capable development community -- but not exactly designed for sale at your local shopping mall. Want to explore Debian without renouncing the rest of your life? Here's your book: Debian/GNU Linux for Dummies.
You get the complete Debian GNU/Linux distribution on two CD-ROMs -- plus start-to-finish guidance from Michael Bellomo, a long-time Linux/Unix author who's an outstanding escort for uninitiated *nix users. Bellomo walks you through the ins and outs of Debian installation and configuration (we don't need no stinkin' setup wizards); introduces the root account; and shows how to use the command line -- "the true path to freedom." You'll learn how to make your way around the Debian file system (and actually find your files); then configure XWindows and GNOME (should you insist upon your GUI security blanket).
There are concise chapters on editing with vi and gnotepad+; connecting Debian to the Internet; and setting up Netscape for web browsing, email, and newsgroups. There's also a solid introduction to securing your Debian system. Long-time Linux hackers might not choose the Dummies(r) version, but for everyone else, it's a great way to leverage Debian's power without getting tripped up by its austere interface and documentation. (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.