Linux - Weekend Crash Course

There are plenty of people who may not have vast computing expertise but who still want to try the Linux operating system for themselves. This Weekend Crash Course in Linux is the perfect manual for these people.

The book explains all the Linux basics as well as some more complicated concepts. Your exciting journey into the world of Linux begins on Friday night and ends on Sunday afternoon. There are a total of 30 sessions, each lasting 30 minutes, that take you from "Getting Ready to Install Linux" to more advanced topics such as "Monitoring System Performance" and "Maintaining System Security".

Here is a quick outline of the weekend's contents to let you know what you're in for. You begin with four sessions on Friday evening, a total of two hours, which involves the installation of Linux. There are six sessions on Saturday morning on X-Windows and Linux commands. The six sessions on Saturday afternoon are devoted to connectivity and the Internet, while four easy evening sessions help you to customise the look of your GNOME or KDE desktop.

Get a good night's sleep on Saturday because on Sunday morning you will be "facing six rather technical sessions. You "wind things down on Sunday afternoon by optimising your new Linux system.

All the topics are straightforward and easy to follow. A quiz at the end of each session ensures you have learned the most important concepts. The two "accompanying CDs contain Red Hat Linux 7.1 along with a selection of "networking, Internet and graphics software.

If you are prepared to devote an entire weekend to install and learn about Linux, then this book provides fantastic guidance. If an entire weekend is too much to sacrifice, you could also split the chapters into more suitable time frames.

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Kieran McNamee

PC World

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