Running Linux, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2002
Pages: 696

You're about to begin your first Linux installation. Or, you may have been using Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or configuring for ADSL. Running Linux, now in its fourth edition, is the book you'll want to reach for. Widely recognized in the Linux community as the getting-started book that people need, it answers the questions and tackles configuration issues that frequently plague users, but are seldom addressed in other books.Running Linux has everything you'll need to understand, install, and start using Linux. The book doesn't draw the line at the OS, or the shell, or the GUI, or even at the point of essential applications. Rather, the authors, experienced Linux enthusiasts, have anticipated problem areas, selected stable and popular solutions, and provided clear discussions and instructions to ensure that you'll have a satisfying experience using Linux. The discussion is direct and complete enough to guide novice users while still providing the additional information experienced users will need to progress in their mastery of Linux.The fourth edition of Running Linux delves deeper into installation, configuring the windowing system, system administration, and networking. New topics include applications ready for prime time, basic security and firewalling, package management on Debian, sound configuration, ADSL, the GNOME desktop, the Postfix mail transfer agent, and the popular LAMP configuration that combines Apache, MySQL, and PHP. A solid foundation text for any Linux user, the book also includes additional resources for dealing with special requirements imposed by hardware, advanced applications, and emerging technologies. Whether you are using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a network server, Running Linux will provide expert advice just when you need it.

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Running Linux, 4th Edition

By Ellyll

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Great book and a wealth of well laid out information. This book has saved me so much time and worry. I have used it for reference on other Linux forums to explain things more clearly to other novice users. As for hard going, true it jumps about erratically sometimes in chapters, however as with any publication you get used to this.

It is still pretty hard to beat as a guide to Linux, and should be in any Linux Users library.

E11Y11.

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By Robert Bannon from the Columbia Java Users Group

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Running Linux covers everything from the history and philosophy of Linux to installation and running applications on Linux. After the introduction, the first few chapters cover the different versions of Linux and how to install it on different hardware platforms. This is very helpful to anyone who has never installed Linux. The step-by-step tutorial to setup and configure Linux is very detailed and explains many of the common problems that could be encountered. The setup and configuration sections are generic to cover all versions of Linux, but differences of diverse vendors are covered when it varies from the generic tutorial.

A short introduction to UNIX commands and concepts is provided for users who have never used a Unix based operating system. This section applies to not just Linux, but any Unix based operating system. Common applications that are installed are each given a small tutorial. The applications covered are vi, EMACS, GIMP, etc. Linux programming tools are also each covered in a short tutorial section on several tools.

The last sections of the book cover Linux administration. Setting up new users and file premissions are discussed. Also, networking aspects of Linux and covered in various chapters about TCP/IP and e-mail. This book is a comprehensive book covering all aspects of Linux and should be required reading for anyone new to Linux.

 
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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By Vincent Mak

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This book the best computer book I have ever read. I can communicate with my Linux machines very well now. The samples work most of the time on the Red Hat distribution and the commnad is introduced in clear and concise manner.

But I have to complain one thing, since this book can really make people understanding Linux. You may attract by the advertisement at the last few chapter. I have to buy more books form this publisher and spend more time. At this time I already buy two more for O' Reilly. Overall, this is a great book and it makes me a satisfied customer.

 
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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By George

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Best book on Linux I've read. The only complaint I have: there is no info on CD burning under Linux. Next edition maybe?

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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By Rene Pawlitzek

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Don't pick up this book if you want to learn about Linux. It is hard to read. It contains too much detail information for a beginner.

 
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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By Danelle B.

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If you are new to Linux and just want a quick tutorial, this book probably not for you. But if you want to go from newbie to hacker, this book is AMAZING! I have learned so much, although it has been a lot of wading through some nitty-gritty. Well worth it, of course. I'm telling you, this book is like the ultimate source, and I believe the first few chapters are free online, if you want to take a look and gain some incredible knowledge. This book tells you a lot about installing (but might I recommend a local installfest where experienced users are, if you have the choice) and boot-up, as well as kernels, files, and available programs. LaTeX RULZ! "You'll be free, hackers!"

 
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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By Wortwart

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I filed through this book (which I had bought several weeks before) just to look up something and ended reading a few hours in it. It is written in an entertaining, smart style and it gives you the original GNU-/Linux feeling: change anything, experiment - computers are new, innovative, for those with free spirits and not commercialised "products".

The book dates back to 1996 and this can be felt on some passages. Maybe this is because I read the 3rd edition (from 1999, German translation) but I don't think that Linux is such a small outsider anymore than it reads in the book. I hope the 4th edition has changed that.

 
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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By Ludootje

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At first, I was very sceptical about the idea of buying a computer book when there are so much great tutorial online.

This book was the first computer book I bought - because many, many people recommended it to me - and it definitely changed my mind about it. This book gives you a much better understanding of tons of things, even if you aren't completely new to Linux (I had been using it for almost a year when I bougt the book). It goes into detail of all the important things *everyone* should know.

If you're looking for a general book about GNU/Linux, look no further: this one is perfect. You should really buy it, I'm 100% sure you won't be dissapointed - at all.

I recommend this book to lots of people who are having problems with GNU/Linux, because it's always useful: first you can simply read it, and it will learn you a lot; afterwards, it's very, very good as a reference manual when you need to quickly look something up (I had samba working in 5 (!) minutes by quickly opening the book on the samba part).

Well, it's certainly a Linux book *every* Linux user should have (yes, I'm completely serious about that). I can't really express what I think about this book, so I tried to do it as well as I could.

Ludootje

 
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Running Linux, 4th Edition Review

By Alfredo Rodriguez

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What I really enjoyed about this book was the way the material was presented. It almost prepares you to be able to piece together your own distribution. All the essential components and procedures are addressed in detail without depending on all the distribution-specific and GUI-oriented tools. In my opinion the authors maintain a clear target through the book by not being condescending to the user but at the same time give enough information that even a beginner can follow the presentation.

Since newer distributions of Linux have become easy to use, your average not-so-curious consumer might find this book to have too much information. For systems administrators and programmers, and even for users who feel the need to understand their system, this volume will definitely be worth have in your shelf or, even better, your desk!

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