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Book Review: Linux in Easy Steps

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I'm not quite sure what to make of this book. I'm all for making it easier for new users to get into Linux but I'm not sure this book has the right approach. On the one hand it is so simplistic as to be almost patronising. And then quickly it shifts into a gear which not only expects users to be comfortable with the Linux command line but also expects them to want to be writing bash scripts and the like. The lasting impression is that the book neither caters for the inexperienced nor the experienced.

To illustrate: The first half of the book runs through a range of topics from installing Linux (SuSE in this case) through to performing fairly basic tasks. Things like how to browse the Internet (step-by-step to opening a browser) or playing audio and video (open KsCD and change the display). To be honest, if a user has negotiated the installation of Linux on their machine it can probably be assumed that they can find their way around a CD player or a RealPlayer window. Equally opening OpenOffice.org and producing written documents is probably well within the average user's capability.

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