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, WindowsSecrets.com
“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
—Howard Carson, Kickstart News, www.kickstartnews.com
“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
—Jenn Vesperman, Linuxchix.org
“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 OpenOffice.org 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!
Table of Contents
- Praise for Marcel Gagne's Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!
- 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!
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)
7. Installing New Applications
- Linux and Security
- The Many Faces of Software Installation
- SuSE Software Package Installs
- Mandrake's urpmi
- Searching for Common Ground
- RPMs, the Shell Way
- Look, Use the Source . . .
- The Extract and Build Five-Step
- 8. Printers and Other Hardware
- 9. Connecting to the Internet
10. Surfing the Internet
- Cool Konqueror Tricks
- Mozilla Firefox
- Wrapping Up
- 11. Electronic Mail Clients
12. Getting Organized
- Other Tools
13. Word Processors (It Was a Dark and Stormy Night . . .)
- OpenOffice.org 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)
- 15. Presentation Graphics (For Those Who Need No Introduction)
- 16. Digital Photography
- 17. Digital Art with the GIMP
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)
- A. The GNU General Public License
- Getting Ready for Your Installation
- Hardware Considerations
- Dual Booting Revisited
- An Installation Comparison
- A Mandrake Linux Install
- Putting On the Fedora
- A SuSE Install
- Xandros Desktop OS, Version 3.0 Deluxe
- Not-So-Tough Installs
- Starting and Stopping Linux
C. Taking Command of Linux
- Linux Commands: An Easy Start
- Working with Files
- A Peek at Metacharacters
- File Permissions in the Shell
- More on rm (or “Oops! I Didn't Really Mean That.”)
- Making Your Life Easier with alias
- Standard Input and Standard Output
- Pipes and Piping
- Linux Commands: Working with Directories
- There's No Place Like $HOME
- More on File Permissions
- User and Group Ownership
- Who Can Do What?
- Who Was That Masked User?
- Finding Anything
- Using grep
- Killing Processes
- Forging On . . .
- D. Working with Editors
- CD-ROM Warranty
- Title: Moving to Linux®: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye! Second Edition
- Release date: August 2005
- Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
- ISBN: 0321356403