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Reviewer Rob Slade wrote:
What most people want to know about Linux is how to install it. Chunks of the
installation material contained in this book came from the Linux Documentation
Project files. Not just the information, though--whole paragraphs are copied
almost verbatim. While this may be rather hard on the Project authors, it is
good for the reader. The original content is disorganized, usually written at
an inappropriate level, and of questionable accuracy.
The book includes a subset of the InfoMagic Slackware 2.0 distribution (kernel
versions 1.0.9 and 1.1.18). While over-explaining some points (you have no
business installing Linux if you don't know what a "hard drive" is), the
instructions assume the use of a slackware "fill in the blanks" installation
program, and don't even mention filesystem creation until chapter twenty-six.
Internet connection is assumed in chapters sixteen to twenty, but not explained
(and then, tersely) until after chapter twenty-eight. While none of the
background information (particularly on UNIX) is flatly wrong, most of it gives
a rather distorted picture.
The parts of the book dealing with running UNIX have some tutorial value, but
vary in depth and are quite subjective. A lot of space is given to
documenting, sometimes casually and sometimes in detail, different programs.
A thoroughly mixed bag.
copyright Robert M. Slade, 1995
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