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MozillaQuest Christmas and Winter Holiday Gift Guide - 2005

Give the Gift of Knoppix Linux and a Book for Less Than $30

Knoppix for Dummies

The Knoppix for Dummies live DVD is very KDE-centric. KDE, the K desktop environment, is the best Linux desktop environment and an integral part of a good desktop Linux.

Mike Angelo -- 22 December 2005 (C) -- Page 2

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Article Index

To learn why Linux is so much a better choice than is Microsoft Windows, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

Office on the Linux Desktop

OpenOffice 1.1 -- A Complete Office/Productivity Software Suite for GNU-Linux, FreeBSD, MAC, MS-Windows, Unix, and more

About the Author

Mike Angelo has written hundreds of published newspaper and magazine computer and technology articles. He has more than 40 years experience using solid-state, digital computers.

Mike has written lots of computer programs in assembly, BASIC, FORTRAN, machine, and several other languages -- on a variety of mainframe and desktop machines. He has designed and built some special purpose computers, and does PC upgrading and building. Mike also creates, designs, and maintains Web sites.

In 1993, Mike Angelo started writing a print newspaper computer column, About Computers. He has written articles for top-tier magazines including Byte, Computer Buyer's Guide & Handbook, DOS World, I-Way, Laptop Buyer's Guide & Handbook, Linux Journal, Maximize, MozillaQuest Magazine, PC Novice, and PC Today.

Despite Mike Angelo's extensive computer experience he has a real life and uses computers as tools. Therefore, he approaches his computer writing from the user's interest and point of view.

Why Choose Knoppix for Dummies?

There are several books that include a Knoppix live CD or a live CD for some other Linux distribution. Here are some of the reasons we selected Knoppix for Dummies and its live DVD over these other books for our 2005 MozillaQuest Christmas and Winter Holiday Gift Guide.

Knoppix for Dummies includes a live DVD rather than a live CD. Thus, the Knoppix for Dummies live DVD has so many more applications and utilities than do the CD books. The Knoppix for Dummies DVD is truly a complete computer system on a disc. The live CDs included with the other books are too limited and just are not complete computer systems.

This is important because you cannot add additional applications, utilities, or other software to the live CDs -- unless you want to spin your own live CD or DVD. Thus you have just so many more software choices included with the Knoppix for Dummies live DVD than you do with the live CDs included with other live CD books.

The Knoppix for Dummies live DVD is more current than the live CDs included with the other books we considered, The Knoppix live DVD is based on Knoppix 4.0, and includes OpenOffice 2.0 (beta), GIMP 2.2, KDE 3.4.1, and Konqueror 3.4.1. Thus it is pretty much current.

Of course, an experienced computer user can download and burn a current Knoppix live CD or DVD to go along with other live CD books. However, doing that might be beyond the skills-set of a newbie or person not experienced with Linux.

From a dollars and cents position we feel constrained to recommend a book that has a current live CD or live DVD so that the buyer of the book does not have to download and burn a current CD/DVD and then discard the outdated disc that comes with one of the other books.

The Knoppix for Dummies live DVD is very KDE-centric. KDE, the K desktop environment, is the best Linux desktop environment and an integral part of a good desktop Linux.

Also, in our opinion the simplest and easiest ways to browse Windows shares and LAN shares on a Linux-based computer are LinNeighborhood and SMB4K.

LinNeighborhood is included with the Knoppix for Dummies live DVD. It also includes a Samba Network Neighborhood, which appears to be an implementation of SMB4K or something very similar to SMB4K. Moreover, LinNeighborhood and the Samba Network Neighborhood work very well and are very easy to use out of the box.

For more about using LinNeighborhood please see our articles:

and

Knoppix Is a Good Desktop Linux

Of the books and the included distros that we looked at, and the way they are configured on the accompanying live CDs, it seems that the Knoppix for Dummies live DVD comes closest to meeting our criteria for good desktop Linux. For more about what constitutes a good desktop Linux, please see the two articles so far in our Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux series:

and

Our primary Linux distro coverage focuses on Mandriva Linux and SUSE Linux, However, after trying Knoppix, we will add Knoppix to our set of primary Linux distros coverage.

Recommendation

There are other live CD Linux distributions and other books about them and the Knoppix live CD/DVD Linux Distribution. We will take a closer look at other Knoppix books and other live CD books in another article. But for now, our recommendation is to grab Knoppix for Dummies or download the Knoppix Live DVD for yourself, and to give Knoppix for Dummies with its live Knoppix DVD for your Christmas or Winter holiday gifts -- or for any-occasion gifts.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays -- Mike Angelo


If you want to chat about Linux or KDE in general try the #KDE or #LinuxLounge on EFNet IRC (Internet Relay Chat).

irc://irc.efnet.net/#KDE


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Books

The Linux books listed below will help to show you why Linux-based, GNU operating system is a better operating system than MS Windows. And they describe and help you to use much of the free software that comes with most Linux-based distributions.

Most of the book links listed below lead you to Web pages about the books that also, there, have links to things such as Tables of Contents and sample chapters. The sample chapters are free and well worth reading.

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Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base, Linux Standard Base Team, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-145695-4

Building Clustered Linux Systems, By Robert Lucke, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-144853-6. $50


Expanding Choice: Moving to Linux and Open Source with Novell Open Enterprise Server, Jason Williams/Peter Clegg/Emmett Dulaney, Novell Press, ISBN: 0-672-32722-8. $30


Fedora 4 Linux All in One, By Aron Hsiao, Sams, ISBN: 0672327074. $40.

Fedora 4 Unleashed, By Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Bill Ball, Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327929. $50.


Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30


Linux Bible, 2005 Edition, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7949-5. $40

Linux Desktop Garage, By Susan Matteson, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-149419-8. $30

Linux Desktop Pocket Guide, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-10104-X. $10


Linux Desktop Hacks - Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing your OS, By Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00911-9. $50

Linux in a Nuthsell, 5th Ed., Siever, Figgins, Weber, Love and Robbisn, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00930-5. $45

Linux Kernel Development, 2nd Ed., Robert Love, Novell Press., ISBN: 0672327201. $45

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

Linux Quick Fix Notebook, By Peter Harrison, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131861506. $40

Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30


Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-085-7. $64

Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-086-5. $87


Novell Certified Linux Engineer (Novell CLE) Study Guide, Robb Tracy, Novell Press, ISBN: 0789732033. $60

Novell Linux Desktop 9 User's Handbook, Joe Habraken, Novell Press, ISBN: 0672327295. $35


Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

Optimizing Linux Performance: A Hands-on Guide to Linux Performance Tools, By Phillip Ezolt, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131486829. $50


Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50


Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

SUSE Linux 9 Bible, Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker, William von Hagen, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7739-5. $40

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25

Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60


UNIX Shells by Example, 4th Edition, By Ellie Quigley, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013147572X. $50

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Knoppix Information

Knoppix For Dummies, Paul G. Sery, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-9779-5. $29.99


Other Knopppix, Debian, and Live CD/DVD Books


Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 Bible, B. Harris and Jaldhar Vyas, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7644-5. $40.

The Debian System: Concepts and Techniques, Martin F. Krafft, ISBN 1-593270-69-0. $44.95

Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30


Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25


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