December 19, 2007
"X Power Tools" -- New from O'Reilly Media: The Book That Fills the Void
Sebastopol, CA--The X Window System is one of the most flexible and
adaptable graphical interfaces in the computer industry. Having been
around for more than 20 years, this open source system underlies graphical
desktops on Linux and Unix systems and supports advanced features of
modern graphics cards. Unfortunately, although more people are using X
Window System than ever before, most books are well out-of-date.
Chris Tyler, a programmer and Linux network administrator whose focus is
on the X Window System, has stumbled upon this very problem. "There has
been a renaissance in X development, and there are far more users of the X
Window System now than ever before -- but absolutely no books on the
topic! I wrote the book that I needed to read a few years ago." This book
-- X Power Tools (O'Reilly Media, $39.99 US) -- easily fills the void
with the most current and practical information available.
In the introduction to this new book, Chris writes, "This is a book about
the X Window System, a technology that continues to amaze observers in
many ways. It was released as open source software before that term was
formally defined, itís more than 20 years old but has an installed base
that is growing daily, and it maintains compatibility with decades-old
software while still taking full advantage of the very latest hardware."
Written in O'Reilly's popular Power Tools format, X Power Tools offers
dozens of standalone articles, which are thoroughly cross-referenced,
about useful tools and techniques for using X. This unique inside look
gives Unix/Linux system administrators, as well as power users and owners
of self-administered systems, a lot of useful ways to harness the power of
this system effectively.
- Offers a thorough grounding in how the system works
- Provides the complete ins and outs of changing a desktop's behavior,
such as fonts, keyboard settings, and remote security
- Discusses often ignored but very useful utility programs distributed
- Covers software that works with X to provide a full-fledged graphical
user interface and desktop environment
- Includes articles on how to take advantage of X's "network transparency"
and its ability to display graphical applications on a remote machine
- Explores intriguing areas such as using multiple monitors, building
kiosks, and accessibility
- Looks at the flexible Virtual Network Computer cross-platform display
technology, which can be used with X in powerful ways
- Features discussions on X Window innovations and the future of the
While X Power Tools covers the configuration and use of X with Linux, it
also includes notes on other operating systems such as Solaris and
FreeBSD. Each article gives you insight into X; the entire book provides
you with a real grasp on this system and what you can do with it.
Chris Tyler is a programmer and Linux network administrator with a focus
on the X Window System and LAMP open source software. He has programmed in
2 dozen different languages over the past 20 years and now teaches at
Seneca College, Toronto. He is the author of O'Reilly's Fedora Linux.
More information about X Power Tools, including table of contents, index,
author bio, and samples
X Power Tools
ISBN: 0-596-10195-3, $39.99 USD
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