Running Linux, 5th Edition
A Distribution-Neutral Guide for Servers and Desktops
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: December 2005
Pages: 974

You may be contemplating your first Linux installation. Or you may have been using Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or setting up an FTP server. Running Linux, now in its fifth edition, is the book you'll want on hand in either case. Widely recognized in the Linux community as the ultimate getting-started and problem-solving book, it answers the questions and tackles the configuration issues that frequently plague users, but are seldom addressed in other books.

This fifth edition of Running Linux is greatly expanded, reflecting the maturity of the operating system and the teeming wealth of software available for it. Hot consumer topics suchas audio and video playback applications, groupware functionality, and spam filtering are covered, along with the basics in configuration and management that always have made the book popular.

Running Linux covers basic communications such as mail, web surfing, and instant messaging, but also delves into the subtleties of network configuration--including dial-up, ADSL, and cable modems--in case you need to set up your network manually. The book canmake you proficient on office suites and personal productivity applications--and also tells you what programming tools are available if you're interested in contributing to these applications.

Other new topics in the fifth edition include encrypted email and filesystems, advanced shell techniques, and remote login applications. Classic discussions on booting, package management, kernel recompilation, and X configuration have also been updated.

The authors of Running Linux have anticipated problem areas, selected stable and popular solutions, and provided clear 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.

Whether you're 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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Time for the 6th edition!

By portsample

from Alaska, (not Anchorage)

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Cons

  • Almost Getting Outdated

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Comments about oreilly Running Linux, 5th Edition:

This is a very well organized, clear and concise guide to the Linux OS. My copy is dog-eared, written in and the pages are dropping out. Definitely time for Matthew et al to write the next edition.

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    Comments about oreilly Running Linux, 5th Edition:

    This Book is very well written and complete! , it covers almost every area, you'd ever need. No more buying tons of different books this is all you will need! , I wish i had this when i first started Linux.Only Parts of the Networking Section confused me more then other books this was the only part everything else about this book is great! As many linux experts will tell you linux is always changing and this book even though it tries to pick the most "Stable" Solutions to problems that will not likely change there is still some outdated content that makes me cringe for newbies. nothing major or harmful. just remember to use Pigin instead of Gaim for IM. I'd like to see another revised edition of this book released it was great! that will cover KDE 4 etc.. Overall A great buy! 900+ Pages of Wonder! Keep up the good work! This book is for anyone interested in truly learning Linux.

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    Curious about Linux? Start here!

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    Comments about oreilly Running Linux, 5th Edition:

    With so many different Linux distributions available, it is often difficult to know where to start. Running Linux offers the new user a comprehensive distribution-neutral introduction to the Linux philosophy. Boasting an entire section dedicated to installation procedures, Running Linux also reviews several software options for familiar applications including web browsers, email clients, desktop environments, and office suites.

    A more experienced Linux user can also benefit from advanced topics including server installation and configuration, network services, and system administration. The section on programming environments will encourage those who are interested in contributing to the Linux community. Running Linux contains an extensive amount of reference material; a valuable resource for novice and expert users alike.

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