Are you, or do you know, a non-techie? A non-techie who takes pride in their lack of techno-savvy, who still clings to the belief that while other people might use GNU/Linux, it’s a bit technological for the likes of them? Well here you go, ladies and gents.
Rickford Grant's book runs parallel to Gagné's, which I reviewed recently. They are both good books, though Grant is even more directed to the absolute newbie than Gagné.
Naming distribution versions after a calendar year sounds familiar to me. I'm thinking of Windows 95, of course. And my experience with French distribution Mandriva 2007 brought me back to those frustrating times I used to have with Microsoft's decade-old offering.
The book features plenty of diagrams and screen shots (which are of the monochrome variety). While the author doesn't assume a programmer audience, he doesn't make the mistake of talking down either. The writing is friendly and commendably clear.
Illustrated, colourful and well explained, C++ Programming in Easy Steps is a good grounding in the language if you've never programmed before and for the price is relatively good value. But do factor in the cost of your next C++ book, because this one will only get you so far before you're ready to tackle more challenging programming tasks.
I recently came across a very nice book titled "Ubuntu Linux for non-geeks" authored by Rickford Grant and published by No Starch Press. What attracted me to this book was the obvious title which makes no bones about the fact that this book is targeted at non-geeks.
Command-line utilities can be powerful, but it takes some doing to make a typical desktop user work in the shell. The image manipulation program ImageMagick is one command-line program that gives users a good reason to use the CLI. Now Packt Publishing has released ImageMagick Tricks, a book that covers ImageMagick from the ground up. If you've never used ImageMagick before, this book is a good starting place.
openSUSE 10.2 alpha 5 was released a couple of days ago, and I've been testing various aspects since its install. Coincidently, I decided to download the dvd version this time only to find out later that it was the only format available. Quite honestly, my decision was really made by distrowatch, when it was the first link in their announcement. Forgetting that I usually do deltas, I right clicked, copied, and pasted their link into a terminal for wget. For whatever reason I chose it, DVD format is the next best way to go. It makes for a much more pleasant install than a 5 cd change-out. But more importantly, what did we find after the install?
I've been using Linux for well over 4 years now as my primary OS. I started way back with Slackware, and to this day I can't stop slackin. With the newly released Slackware 11, let's see how much has changed since I first fell head over heals for the distro so many years ago.
Xandros Systems was so kind as to provide OSNews with the top of the line version of their product, which includes, among other things, complete copies of Versora Progression Desktop, CrossOver Office, and various non-Free drivers and utilities.