February 4, 2002
Popular Guide to Learning Red Hat Linux Revised for Version 7.2
Sebastopol, CA--"At one time, one had to know a good bit about
computers to get a Linux system up and running. But that's much less
true today," says Bill McCarty, author of
Learning Red Hat
(O'Reilly, US $34.95). "Essentially every modern operating
system--including MS Windows--is based on Unix. Writing for those
unfamiliar with Unix involves helping the reader see that Unix lives
inside MS Windows. That's what I've tried to do in Learning Red Hat
Linux: To build a bridge between the familiar world of MS Windows and
the seemingly unfamiliar world of Unix."
The just-released second edition of McCarty's popular Learning Red Hat
Linux is an excellent introduction to one of the most popular
distributions of Linux in the U.S. Because the book is written
specifically for the enclosed CDs, the reader needs nothing else to get
started with his or her new Linux system. This is the book for
first-time Linux users who want to learn how to use Red Hat Linux on
their personal computer, or convert an existing system over to Linux.
McCarty draws on years of experience teaching CS and MIS students to
create a clear, no-fluff guide for new Linux users. "If I had someone
who'd never seen a computer before, I think I could teach that person
to use Linux about as easily as, for example, Windows," he says.
What the critics said about the previous edition:
"A MUST have--no other option if you are doing Linux you need the
--Ralph E. Wasmer, Jr., Great Inland Sea Computer User Group, July 2000
"The author covers all the installation bases, from one of the best
explanations of the DOS kludge called fdisk to excellent examples of
how to get the necessary system information from the Windows 9x Control
Panel...Finding out that Red Hat's installation and Bill McCarty's book
can take the pain out of getting started in the Linux world is worth
more than the price of the book (hey, it even includes the Red Hat
installation CD-ROM, just think of the time and disk space you save not
having to download the file)."
--Bryon Poehlman, Written Word Reviewer's Guild, October 2000
"The book and disc have everything you need to get Linux up and
running...this book does exactly what it sets out to do: get the Linux
novice user up and running useful applications quickly. If you are in
the market for a gentle introduction to Linux, Learning Red Hat Linux
is well worth checking out."
--Keith Schengili-Roberts, Computer Paper, April 2000
"...best in its category, especially helpful to newbies."
--Paul Andrews, Seattle Times, Sunday Nov 14, 1999
"Any IT professional looking for a good working knowledge of Red Hat
Linux and related terminology should buy this book."
--Shawn McNutt, IT Support News
"For the geek on your gift list interested in taking her computer
experience to a new level, Linux is where it's at. But it can be hard
to get here, and this book/software package from legendary computer
book publisher O'Reilly & Associates is a great way to start."
--John Fleck, Albuquerque Tribune, Dec 17, 1999
"McCarty has compressed a beginner's guide to the operating system into
351 pages, leaving out the incomprehensibility that characterizes other
--Network News, Dec 15, 1999
"...one of the more useful and user-friendly Linux books; it clearly
explains procedures and provides the reader with the precise
answers...this is one of the books that I reference
--Elizabeth Zinkann, Sys Admin, Feb 2000
"McCarty exhibits plenty of patience in his writing and organizational
styles, assuming no knowledge of Unix on the part of his readers. This
book includes lots of annotated tables that explain the features in
various programs, and many sections have a procedural format that
allows you to follow along on your own Linux machine."
--David Wall, amazon.com
Learning Red Hat Linux,
A Guide to Red Hat Linux for New Users
By Bill McCarty
0-596-00071-5, Order Number: 0715
368 pages, $34.95 (US) $52.95 (CA) (Includes CD-ROM)
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