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MozillaQuest Christmas and Winter Holiday Gift Guide - 2005

Santa's 2005 Picks for Linux and Windows Computer Gifts

The Pentax Optio S6 is chock full of great and important photographic features. And we believe the Pentax Optio S6 digital camera makes a great gift for the people at the top of your gift list -- and for you, too.

Mike Angelo -- 24 December 2005 (C) -- Page 2

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Article Index

Introduction

Digital Music Players

Removable USB Flash Memory Drives (USB Keys)

Put Your Computer on USB Key and Live CD/DVD

The Pentax Optio S6 Digital Camera

Resources

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

Put Your Computer on a USB Key and Live CD/DVD

Even better than that, if you have a large capacity USB key and a live CD, you can carry the very essence of your computer anywhere you go with just with a USB key and a CD. Better yet, use a live DVD.

We discuss this more fully in our article Give the Gift of Knoppix Linux and a Book for Less Than $30 -- Knoppix for Dummies.

In essence, a live CD or DVD is one to which an operating system such as GNU-Linux or Microsoft Windows has been installed. The live CD or DVD is bootable. Thus, when you boot the computer in which you have placed a live CD or DVD, it boots into the operating system installed on the live CD or DVD -- not into the operating system installed on the computer.

That let's you run your live Linux CD/DVD and software on any up-to-date PC, anywhere, anytime -- regardless of which operating system is installed on the PC. You can think of your Linux live CD/DVD as a portable computer on a disc and USB key -- and for only whatever you paid for the USB key.

There are several ways you can obtain a live Linux CD or DVD. For example you can download one from either the Knoppix of Mepis Web sites. Or you can buy a book that includes a live Linux CD or DVD such as Knoppix For Dummies (by Paul G. Sery, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-9779-5. $29.99), 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). (Links in the Resources section at the end of this article.)

These books make very nice gifts too. The DVD that comes with Knoppix For Dummies is current, which perhaps makes it the best choice for a gift. The CDs that come with Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools and Point & Click Linux! are outdated so you, or to whomever you give those books, will need to download the current versions of Knoppix or Mepis.

Knoppix For Dummies and Point & Click Linux! are better choices for new computer users and new Linux users. Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools likely is a better choice for the more experienced computer user. In addition to the Mepis Linux live CD, Point & Click Linux! also includes a DVD with video tutorials about using Mepis Linux and the live CD.

Incidentally, Robin Miller also has a book similar to his Point & Click Linux! book, Point & Click OpenOffice.org! The OpenOffice book also has a DVD with video tutorials. Please see Office on the Linux Desktop in the sidebar on the right for our coverage of OpenOffice. OpenOffice is free and open source software (FOSS) that is comparable to Microsoft Office and is compatible with the Linux, Mac, and Windows operating systems.

The Pentax Optio S6 Digital Camera

It's amazing but really not so amazing how popular digital photography has become over the past few years. One reason it is not so amazing is that while prices of digital cameras have come way down over the years, the quality of the cameras and the photographs they take has gone way up.

We have a review of the Pentax Optio S6 digital camera (less than $350) in the works. So far we like it very much. It sports a six megapixels resolution and 3X optical zoom in a package that is smaller and lighter than a pack of cigarettes.

The ISO range on the Pentax Optio S6 is from 80 to 400. That means it can take good pictures from very dim to very bright lighting conditions. Moreover, the S6 can automatically adjust the ISO setting in order to optimize the lighting quality of your pictures.

The Pentax Optio S6 is chock full of great and important photographic features. And we believe the Pentax Optio S6 digital camera makes a great gift for the people at the top of your gift list -- and for you, too.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays -- Mike Angelo


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Article Index

Introduction

Digital Music Players

Removable USB Flash Memory Drives (USB Keys)

Put Your Computer on USB Key and Live CD/DVD

The Pentax Optio S6 Digital Camera

Linux note

Resources

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.

  • Some Interesting Linux Books

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

Resources


Pentax Optio S6 Digital Camera

Kingston Data Traveler Elite

Lexar USB JumpDrive

SanDisk Cruzer Micro


Knoppix

Mepis


Knoppix Information

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


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

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

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


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