Linux Bible

Linux Bible 2005 Edition cover

I’ve just begun reading this book, Linux Bible 2005 Edition by Christopher Negus (Wiley, 2005). It claims to help me:

  • Understand what Linux is and where it comes from
  • Sort through the various incarnations of Linux to choose one (or more) that is right for me
  • Try out Linux as a desktop computer, server computer, or programmer’s workstation
  • Become connected to the open-source software movement

Sounds like a good start. For quite a while I’ve wanted to get into Linux (I already own the t-shirt!). Maybe this book will give me the chance to understand what it’s all about, how it compares with Windows, and what I need to do to get started. One of my immediate concerns is regarding dual-booting, that is installing more than one operating system on the same system, in my case Linux with Windows (either 98se or XP, depending on which machine I install it on here). This book, I am certain, will guide me through that process step by step: it does claim to be the Bible after all!

I expect to return from Cellardyke on Friday a fully-trained Linux guru.

2 thoughts on “Linux Bible”

  1. Hi Gareth, Well “dual-booting” is relatively easy. I’d recommend using Partition Magic or somthing similar on your Windows setup to partition the hard-drive first. I have very successfully done this with a live, in-use HD with no problems. My recommendation is to downsize current partition(s) to create a space “at the top” of around 20GB if poss. Then either leave it unformatted or let Partition Magic format it as a linux partition. Plop in your new Linux CD and reboot the PC. Most current linux distros will spot this spare space and offer to install there. They will set up a “bootloader” menu so you can chose which OS to go into at boot time.

  2. Hello Gareth,
    Sorry to have stumble into here a few months late, but I thought I could add some insight about dual booting and the Linux Bible.

    The CD and DVD that come with the Linux Bible contain both bootable and installable Linux distributions. Boot the DVD directly to KNOPPIX and you can resize your Windows partition(s) making it possible for you to then reboot the same DVD and install Fedora Core. (Pages 251-252 describes how to do this.)

    If you prefer Debian (or you don’t have a DVD drive), the CD can be booted directly to a Debian network install. That CD also can boot directly to Damn Small Linux, a very cool 50MB Linux system you can run live without committing to installing Linux.

    I hope you have found the book useful. You have my email address, so feel free to write if you have any questions.

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