Moving to Linux, Second Edition: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!

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Praise for Marcel Gagné’s Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!
“This is kind of a funny book for me to be recommending to readers of a Windows newsletter, but a lot of people ask me about this topic, so here goes. Author Marcel Gagné is a columnist for Linux Journal, and in Moving to Linux he’s prepared a step-by-step guide to converting a Windows PC to Linux—or just trying it! The book includes a bootable CD with a version of Linux that you can poke around in without touching or changing anything about your Windows installation. If your boss is asking, ‘What’s with this Linux stuff?’, moving to Linux is a great way to show that you know what you’re talking about.”
—Brian Livingston, Editor,
“Pros: Too many to list in the available space. We liked the book from the very first page right through to the end. Gagné has done a solid job of exposing Linux and all its components in a way that is both inviting, useful, and easy to understand . . . We really liked this book—highly recommended.”
—Howard Carson, Kickstart News,
“Marcel walks the user through each technique in a very chatty and comfortable style. In fact, when I put the book down, I had a momentary impression that I’d just finished watching a good cooking show with an entertaining chef. (Australian readers may understand if I say that it felt like having just watched Ian Parmenter do an episode of ‘Consuming Passions.’)”
—Jenn Vesperman,
“Gagné’s Moving to Linux is a straightforward exposition of just how a non-hacker PC user can get rid of ‘The Blue Screen of Death’. If you have a friend, a co-worker, a significant other, or a relative who periodically screams, sighs, bursts into tears, or asks for help, here’s the simple solution. It comes with a bootable CD of Knoppix, Klaus Knopper’s variant of Debian.”
—Peter H. Salus, writing in ;login: The Usenix Magazine
“This is a book aimed not at you, dear developer/techie/guru, but at your friends, acquaintances, and family who are lowly users of Windows. Yes, such people do exist even in the tightest of families. Fear not, however, because salvation is at hand should any of them decide that this Linux thing might be worth investigating. No longer will you be faced with the unenviable task of walking them through the process of switching OS. Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! is a big, bold, and friendly guide to help them along. The emphasis is firmly on using Linux as a desktop system—this isn’t a book about Linux as a file, print, or Web server.”
—Tech Book Reports
Say Goodbye to Windows®-Related Crashes, Viruses, Hassles, and Costs!
Today, Linux is more powerful, useful, and practical than ever before! Moving to Linux, Second Edition, can help you migrate from Windows to the latest and best versions of Linux in just hours. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be able to do virtually anything in Linux—without the aggravation, crashes, security risks, or high costs of running Windows!
This is not a book for techies! It’s for people who write documents, create spreadsheets, surf the Web, use email, listen to music, watch movies, and play games—and want to do it in Linux, without becoming technical experts.
  • Convert your Windows PC to a Linux system that does more for less money—one step at a time
  • Take control of Linux the easy way, with the quick, efficient KDE graphical environment
  • Browse the Internet using Firefox, the fast, powerful browser that’s quickly replacing Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Send and receive email and instant messages using your existing AOL, MSN, and Yahoo! accounts
  • Manage all your digital photos, without the hassle, using digikam
  • Rip music, burn and play CDs, and watch movies
  • Discover the world of Linux games and learn how to run Windows games on your Linux PC
There’s more! Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with 2.0—the free office suite for Linux that’s now easier, more powerful, and even more compatible with Microsoft Office.
Say goodbye to expensive software upgrades, burdensome Microsoft licensing, Windows viruses, and “blue screens of death.” Say hello to computing the way it’s supposed to be—with Linux!

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ISBN-13: 9780321356406
ISBN-10: 0321356403
Pagini: 512
Dimensiuni: 178 x 235 x 30 mm
Greutate: 1.00 kg
Ediția: 2 Nouă
Editura: Pearson Education
Colecția Addison Wesley
Locul publicării: Boston, United States


1. Introduction.
    Is Linux Really FREE?
    The GPL
    So What Do I Gain?
    What Do I Lose?
    Some Tips on Using This Book
    Help Me!
    About the CD
    It’s My Philosophy
2. An Introduction to the WFTL Edition Knoppix Disk.
    Ready to Try Linux?
    Playing with WFTL Knoppix
    Just Looking Around
    Configure Now, Remember Me Later
    The Persistence of Memory
    Setting Up the Network
    Remember to Share
3. Ready . . . Set . . . Linux!
    Getting Linux
    Getting a Free Copy of Linux
    Dual Booting
    Preserving Your Data
    A Linux-Only System
    Windows on Linux
    Breaking Free!
4. Getting Your Hands Dirty.
    Getting to Know You. . . KDE
    Logging In
    Becoming One with the Desktop
    Your First Application
    Windows, Title Bars, and Menus, Oh My!
    Resizing Windows
    Command Central
    A Polite Introduction to the Command Line
    Give Me More!
    Changing Your Password
    User Security
    I Need More Help!
    Konquest of the Desktop
5. Konquering Your World.
    Files, Directories, and the Root of All Things
    Wherever You Go. . .
    Enhancing Konqueror
    Uh, Roger, Copy That. . .
    Creating New Folders
    Copying Files and Directories (and Moving, Too!)
    Deleting Files and Directories
    My World, My Way
    Making Your Home a Home
6. Customizing Your Desktop (or Making Your World Your Own).
    I Am Sovereign of All I Survey. . .
    Save My Screen, Please!
    Moving Things Around
    Is That a Theme or a Motif?
    Adding Icons and Shortcuts to Your Desktop
    Miscellaneous Changes
7. Installing New Applications.
    Linux and Security
    The Many Faces of Software Installation
    SuSE Software Package Installs
    Mandrakes’s urpmi
    Searching for Common Ground
    RPMs, the Shell Way
    The Extract and Build Five-Step
8. Printers and Other Hardware.
    Yes, It Runs with Linux
    Plug and Play
    Getting Familiar with Your Hardware
    Printers and Printing
    Modems versus Winmodems
    What? More Devices?
9. Connecting to the Internet.
    Before You Begin
    Getting on the Net
    Connecting to the Net with a Modem
    Cable Modems and High-Speed DSL
    Okay, I’m Connected. Now What?
10. Surfing the Internet.
    Cool Konqueror Tricks
    Mozilla Firefox
    Wrapping Up
11. Electronic Mail Clients.
    Be Prepared. . .
    Let’s Communicate!
    Other Options
12. Getting Organized.
    Other Tools
13. Word Processors (It Was a Dark and Stormy Night. . .). Writer
    Write Now!
    Toolbars of Every Kind. . .
    To Word or Not to Word?
    Personalizing Your Environment
    A Wizard of Words
    Navigating Style
    Speaking of Document Elements. . .
    More! Give Me More!
    Other Options
14. Spreadsheets (Tables You Can Count On).
    Starting a New Spreadsheet and Entering Data
    Basic Math
    Saving Your Work
    Complex Charts and Graphs, Oh My!
15. Presentation Graphics (For Those Who Need No Introduction).
    Getting Ready to Impress
    Instant Web Presentations
    How About a Little Flash? Shocking!
    So What’s with the Penguin?
    Extra! Extra!
16. Digital Photography.
    Working with a Digital Camera
    Picture-Perfect Konqueror
    Picture-Perfect digiKam
    Scanning. . .
    Scanning under KDE-Kooka
    Optical Character Recognition
17. Digital Art with the GIMP.
    Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your GIMP
    Printing Your Masterpiece
    Tools, Tools, and More Tools
18. Linux Multimedia (If Music Be the Food of Love. . .).
    Adjusting the Levels
    KsCD, the KDE CD Player
    Ripping and Burning Songs
    K3b, for a Friendlier Burn
    Put Another Nickel In . . .
    Lights, Camera, Action: Moving Pictures
    It’s a Wrap!
19. Fun and Games (Very Serious Fun).
    Take Me Out to the Arcade
    Deal Those Cards, Ace
    B-4. Miss. E-7. Hit!
    Educational Games
    3D Accelerated Fun
    The 13-Year Old’s Picks
    More Games! I Need More Games!
Appendix A: The GNU General Public License.
Appendix B: Installation.
Appendix C: Taking Command of Linux.
Appendix D: Working with Editors.

Notă biografică

Marcel Gagné is best known as author of the Linux Journal's "Cooking with Linux" series, which has earned the magazine's Readers' Choice award for favorite column four years in a row, and as the regular "Linux Guy" on G4/TechTV Canada. His books include Moving to the Linux Business Desktop and Linux Administration: A User's Guide (both from Addison-Wesley.) He is one of the Linux world's most familiar and respected voices.


An update to the #1 Linux migration book for Windows users frustrated with the hassles and insecurity of Windows computing.
° How to use the most common desktop applications on Linux, such as web browsers, email clients, and instant messaging clients
° Bootable Knoppix CD allows readers to test-drive Linux without having to install Linux or remove their Windows installation.
° Coverage of 2.0 shows how to preserve their library of existing documents and spreadsheets under Linux.