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Book Review: Moving to Ubuntu Linux

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This is the fourth book by Gagné I've reviewed over the past half-dozen years. Though I've found things to carp at in each of them, each one was a first-rate book. Here's another.

If you're an experienced Linux user — of any flavor — you don't need this book. But if you deal with newbies, or want to convert a relative or friend, Moving to Ubuntu Linux will be even better than Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye.

In 21 chapters, Gagné moves the reader quite gently from innocent to newbie to user. Not "power user," but better than the average newbie. And, most important, Gagne supplies the tools whereby his reader can become a real user.

In past reviews, I complained that Gagné paid too much attention to gedit and Emacs. Moving to Ubuntu Linux supplies a brief (but satisfactory) introduction to vim. Similarly, both Gnome and KDE are here.

Chapter 1 is truly introductory, "what is Linux?" and suchlike stuff.

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I hate Gagme's Linux Journal column. His cooking shtick metaphor might have been humorous the first 50,000 times it was used, now it's oh so lame and annoying.

Technical writing is about CLEARLY stating the topic you are writing about, not couching it in stupid French accents and cooking tips.

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