[Techtalk] simple reference book on Linux

Malcolm rannirl-lc at otherkin.net
Thu Jan 31 14:35:21 EST 2002

On Thursday 31 January 2002 08:13 am, Caitlyn Martin wrote:

> Please don't be offended, but "Linux for Dummies" is really very good.
> Keith found it more than helpful.

Not offended, but curious. Have they released a new version?

When I picked it up a couple of years ago, I found it outdated, almost
impenetrable, and just plain wrong in a significant number of places. Oh,
and only comprehendable if you already knew what you were doing. It certainly 
wasn't a "dummies" level book nor something I would recommend. It's actually 
on my "do not buy this book" list, so if it's been improved, it would be 
helpful to know.

> I have also heard very good things about "Linux for Windows Addicts",
> but as someone who mostly eschews Windows I haven't really looked at it
> in detail myself.

I had to use Windows breifly recently (I've been almost completely linux 
based at home for a couple of years and at work for a year), and it was very 
frustrating. Nothing worked correctly and everything seemed counter intuitive.

Maybe there's a market for "Windows for Linux Addicts". Or at least some one 
to tell me what the "ctrl-u" equivalent is (it used to be 'escape' but that 
either doesn't work or closes the dialog or some other random event it seems).

"Sometimes doing the right thing doesn't change anything. It can drive you 
"It's all words. Just words."
- Sinclair and Franklin in Babylon 5:"Believers"

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