Chris Tyler is a programmer and Linux network administrator with a focus on the X Window System and LAMP. He has programmed in two dozen different languages over the past 20 years, and is now the Industrial Research Chair in Open Source Technology for Emerging Platforms at Seneca College, Toronto.
Many people first get involved with open source while they are students, but it's rarely as a result of their formal study. Professors, open source communities, institutions, and companies have been working on introducing open source community involvement into computer... read more
"Despite having only 270 pages, this text knows how to fill in the gaps to understanding X...Congratulations to Chris Tyler for creating a great book. Readers wanting to understand and use the open source X Window System should grab a copy of X Power Tools."
--James Pyles, Linux Magazine
"...if you think the best thing to do with a shiny new tool is to take it apart, well X Power Tools by Chris Tyler may be just for you...From fonts to keyboard layouts, multi-display to kiosks, everything required is laid out in straight forward terms. For me, as a Fedora user myself, this means that having read this book I approach my work environment with a new level of confidence. Behaviors that used to puzzle me, now make complete sense. Quirks that bothered me, no longer need to be tolerated as I know have the tools to get things working just the way I want, rather than using defaults...All tech books face the danger of becoming quickly useless as progress marches forward. X is actively being developed, but at the same time, looking back on its history I think this book will be useful for sysadmin and user for some time to come."
--JR Peck, Slashdot.org
"I had the big multi-volume X Windows User's Guide years ago - amazingly enough, this packs more truly useful information into 200+ pages than that did in several larger books. I'm really impressed, and can highly recommend this."
--A.P. Lawrence, Information and Resources for Unix and Linux Systems
"Fedora, a very popular brand of Linux, is the community-project distribution spun off and still helped by Red Hat. Users get Fedora free, but get no printed manual. Tyler's book is the resource that every Fedora user needs from installation onward...this book is useful to other Linux users because of its comprehensive, in-depth, well-explained coverage...For all Linux users. Highly recommended."
--R.P. Sarna, Marine Maritime Academy
"It's a grand tour of the installation, maintenance and management of the distribution. It is well written, clear and concise in many of the explanations and an easy read. It makes few basic assumptions on the part of the user; it endeavours to enable the reader to be confident when working with Fedora and it does it rather well...If you want to start using Fedora but don't know where to start, then this book is for you."
--Peter Daly, CEng MBCS CITP, British Computer Society
"As an experienced user of these distros, I can confidently say that I felt the book would be a valuable resource for that target audience and that it does a good job of quickly getting you up and running on many essential Linux topics."
--David Brown, Central Indiana Linux Users Group