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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Running Linux", Matt Welsh/Matthias Kalle Dalheimer/Lar

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    BKRUNLIN.RVW 991004 Running Linux , Matt Welsh/Matthias Kalle Dalheimer/Lar Kaufman, 1999, 1-56592-469-X, U$34.95/C$51.95 %A Matt Welsh
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      "Running Linux", Matt Welsh/Matthias Kalle Dalheimer/Lar Kaufman,
      1999, 1-56592-469-X, U$34.95/C$51.95
      %A Matt Welsh mdw@...
      %A Matthias Kalle Dalheimer kalle@...
      %A Lar Kaufman lark@...
      %C 103 Morris Street, Suite A, Sebastopol, CA 95472
      %D 1996
      %G 1-56592-469-X
      %I O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
      %O U$34.95/C$51.95 800-998-9938 fax: 707-829-0104 nuts@...
      %P 752 p.
      %T "Running Linux, Third Edition"

      The Intel/BIOS platform has long been the machine of choice for cheap,
      desktop computing. Among those who want "real" operating system
      performance but are limited to inexpensive hardware, Linux has become
      the UNIX of choice. (So much so, in fact, that Linux is now starting
      to reach not only into workstation platforms, but direct computer
      marketers, and even small computer shops.) Therefore, a basic
      overview, and guide to installation, is a very much-wanted item. The
      Linux Documentation Project, and the Linux HOWTO and FAQ files,
      provide a lot of this information, and one of the authors has
      contributed much to those resources.

      When the first edition of this book came out, it was followed closely
      by a number of other Linux books. Some seemed to be following the
      text of "Running Linux" *very* closely. I soon realized what was
      happening: the authors of the other books were sticking as closely as
      possible to Matt Welsh's excellent HOWTO documents. So why not get it
      from the source? More recently, other authors have fallen back on the
      old "walk readers through the programs" style, which is remarkably
      unhelpful. "Running Linux" has retained the careful, expository style
      that explains to the user what is happening, rather than merely
      telling the reader to press certain buttons.

      Linux having originally been written for the Intel (386 and up) family
      of processors, some familiarity with that hardware is assumed. Not
      much, though. You don't have to be an MS-DOS wizard or a technical
      support guru to follow this book. If you've installed a few programs
      and ever added any hardware to your computer, that is probably
      background enough. Given the variety of hardware choices, and the
      range of distributions of Linux, itself, you may need to get
      additional information at some point, but this book will tell you what
      to get (and, usually, where to get it). However, in this third
      edition, there is more material on specific features to be found in
      commercial distributions, as well as discussion of utilities like
      Samba, which aids connection to Windows networks.

      However, the available Linux material can help you with installation,
      too. While the work walks you clearly through the tripwires of
      partitions, IRQs, DMAs and SCSIs, you may want more of a justification
      to buy it. And you shall have it.

      Once you've *got* Linux, what are you going to do with it? You need
      to be a UNIX wizard to find out. Or, you follow this book on into
      UNIX commands and concepts, system management, editors, and the X
      Window System, programming and networking.

      The Internet section includes an introduction to the World Wide Web
      that would likely let anyone put up a Web server and HTML pages (on
      your own Linux system, of course).

      If you have been wanting to get on the Linux (or UNIX) bandwagon and
      have been wondering how, here is your guide. If you have gotten into
      Linux via an InstallFest, purchase, or some other book, and are
      wondering what to do next, this book can help you there, as well.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995, 1996, 1999 BKRUNLIN.RVW 991004

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