|| ||"Kathryn Barrett" <kathrynb-AT-oreilly.com>|
|| ||Running Linux, Fifth Edition - O'Reilly's Latest Release|
|| ||Wed, 18 Jan 2006 05:39:00 -0800|
For Immediate Release
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The Ultimate Getting-Started, Problem-Solving Linux Guide
O'Reilly Releases "Running Linux, Fifth Edition"
Sebastopol, CA--The recent announcement by the city of Stockholm that it
would be switching to Linux makes it only the latest in an ever
lengthening list of governments and corporations large and small to make
the shift to the open source operating system. Research firms are
constantly telling us that Linux use is increasing in both the server and
All those newcomers need to be welcomed, supported, informed, and
educated. As Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, one of the authors of "Running
Linux, Fifth Edition" (Dalheimer and Welsh, O'Reilly, US $49.95), says,
"More and more non-technical people are moving to Linux from Windows, and
they need to be well received and shown that while Linux is a new world--a
world in which those who are willing to do their part of the thinking will
thrive best--it is still a friendly world, with a wealth of tools and
applications to help."
He believes his book can help. "Way too many books about Linux tell you to
'push that button' or 'type that command,' without explaining what you are
actually doing. Linux is for people who like to do things themselves, like
to be able to help themselves, so a book is needed that explains what goes
on under the hood."
Dalheimer also feels that the information is increasingly important.
"Honestly, there's probably going to be a time in the not-too-distant
future when not knowing about Linux in a technical job will seriously
affect the chances of your job application being considered. And I am not
just talking about programmers or system administrators."
By many accounts, "Running Linux" is considered the classic text on
installing, learning to use, and maintaining a Linux system. The new fifth
edition is much bigger than any of the previous ones, reflecting the
maturity of the operating system and the teeming wealth of software
available for it, and includes topics such as desktop tools that only made
cursory appearances earlier. Other topics such as audio and video
playback applications, groupware functionality, and spam filtering are
covered, along with the basics in configuration and management that have
always made the book popular.
No book can adequately capture everything there is to know about Linux,
but as Dalheimer and Welsh explain, "We've tried to ask at each turn what
information is most valuable for a person exploring the system and trying
to get a firm basis for further self-education."
The book was written for a broad audience, including readers who may be
contemplating their first Linux installation or those who have been using
Linux for years and need to know more about adding a network printer or
configuring Linux for ADSL. Widely recognized in the Linux community as
the ultimate getting-started and problem-solving book, it answers the
questions and tackles configuration issues that frequently plague users,
but are seldom addressed in other books.
Novices and experienced Linux users will appreciate the authors' clear
discussions and instructions in areas such as basic communication (email,
web surfing, instant messaging), office suites, and personal productivity
applications. Other new topics include encrypted mail and filesystems,
advanced shell techniques, and remote login applications. The classic
discourses on booting, package management, kernel recompilation, and X
configuration have also been updated.
Whether they're are using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a
network server, readers will find expert advice in "Running Linux" just
when they need it.
Praise for the previous edition:
"A classic guide upgrades to stay current and reflect changes without
sacrificing its accessibility and mastery...the content is excellent for
beginners and for those who have been at Linux for a while...'Running
Linux' really is one of the ultimate Linux manuals."
--Russell J.T. Dyer, Linux Journal
Further reviews of "Running Linux" can be found at:
Chapter 6, "Electronic Mail Clients," is available online at:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index,
author bios, and samples, see:
For a cover graphic in JPEG format, go to:
Running Linux, Fifth Edition
Matthias Kalle Dalheimer and Matt Welsh
ISBN: 0-596-100760-4, 951 pages, $49.95 US, $69.95 CA
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