No, no, no, Simply Linux isn’t the latest and greatest Linux distro. Rather, it’s an online book that shows the average home user how to install, configure, and use Linux. Simply Linux looks at thirteen different distros including Mandrake, Suse, and Slackware. These are some of the things that, in my opinion, make this book a great read.
The first three chapters are designed with new Linux users in mind.You are given advice on harddisk partitioning as well as choosing the most suitable filesystem.Always remember a successful install is preceded by good planning.You are then led through the install process and finally post install configuration details are given.Take your time and follow the instructions and you will be well on your way to tweaking your install to perfection.
Next up comes installing software which is quite different on Linux.The step by step instructions in chapter four help you to take your time and get accustomed to the process.Examples in this section include Mozilla Firefox and OpenOffice two of the more popular software packages in Linux.There are a lot more software packages mentioned so be sure to take a look.
The rest of the book then deals with more complex Linux issues such as upgrading kernels and securing your Linux system.Also included here are managing user accounts and performing tasks related to file management.All these are essential if you intend to use Linux in the long term.
Simply Linux makes for an excellent read,the chapters lead you from the simple to the more complex tasks in Linux.The most benefit can be gained by working through the chapters at your own pace.There is a downloadable version of the book but the online version is always very up to date so use it.Don’t forget the key to learning Linux is to have fun with it