Kyle Rankin is a system administrator who enjoys troubleshooting, problem solving, and system recovery. He is also the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks for O'Reilly Media. He has been using Linux in many different forms since 1998, and has used live CDs to demo Linux and troubleshoot machines -- from DemoLinux to the LinuxCare bootable toolbox to Knoppix.
"I found the book to be well written. The code examples are short and to the point, well explained and presented in a step-by-step format."
--Kenneth Bernard, Peninsula Linux Users' Group
"Knoppix Hacks goes beyond the kick the tires approach a new user would take when trying out Knoppix for the first time. The author gives enough information to allow an interested user to be able to install Knoppix directly to their hard drive. In addition, the details provided in the book in regards to the enclosed tools would be quite interesting to a systems administrator...Knoppix Hacks is a great book for new users interested in learning more about Linux. In addition, the book does give some great details for the more advanced user who wants to morph their own version of Knoppix. For the most part, Knoppix Hacks also does a decent job at explaining how to use some of the enclosed tools on the CD. A Windows administrator may find some of the tools interesting, however, my experience has been that some of the Windows tools are not quite what the book makes them out to be. Overall, the book is a decent reference to have for someone wanting to learn more about Linux. Systems administrators may want to look at the book and the enclosed CD as another available tool they may want to set aside in their toolbox, just in case."
--Brian Boudreau, MainE Linux Users Group
"Ubuntu Hacks goes beyond the basic Ubuntu features to add additional functionality that can be added with a little help from an experienced Linux user. The reader can pick and choose from 100 Hacks those that meet his needs...This sampling of hacks illustrates the broad range of subjects covered. Anyone using Ubuntu who wants to go beyond the basics will be well served by this book. Highly recommended."
--Pim Borman, SW Indiana PC Users Group, Inc.
"Ubuntu HACKS is a good book for beginning to intermediate users, the only level I can comment on with my present skills. The hacks range from simple to very complex but all seem doable by a patient and careful user...It will help do interesting things with Ubuntu and make use of some of Ubuntus available power. As my skills with Ubuntu grow, this book will be used often. It is a good addition to my growing Linux library."
--Earl Violet, Tuscan Computer Society