Linux For Dummies 8th Edition

From the Back Cover
Everything you need to install, run, and optimize Linux on your desktop
Here’s how to start using Linux, the popular and free operating system

Want to do the same tasks you can with Windows, except for free? Linux is the alternative open source operating system that’s beloved by users in the know. This newly updated guide gives you just what you need to get started with Linux — plain-English explanations, savvy tips and advice, and, best of all, the full Fedora Core installation on DVD!

Understand core Linux tasks
– Use for common functions
– Manage and play multimedia
– Make your Linux box more secure
– Use Linux and Windows together

About the Authors
Dee-Ann LeBlanc, RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer), is a writer, course
developer, journalist, and trainer who specializes in Linux. Although these
various professions may sound scattered, they in fact reinforce one another
by allowing her to see what people are doing with Linux in the real world and
where they need help. In the past, she has been the Linux Games editor for
the Linux Journal, the Desktop editor for, and has written
and held positions with a number of other Linux and technology publications
such as Computer Power User magazine. She has also written numerous books about Linux. Today, she is the SplunkBase Knowledge Manager for Splunk (, an IT search company. It is her job to build a community around SplunkBase ( that fills this IT troubleshooting resource with world-class content.

When Dee-Ann isn’t managing, teaching, developing course materials, writing
technical nonfiction, writing fantasy and science fiction, interviewing interesting people, chatting about Linux online or at conferences, or trying in one way or another to save the world, she hikes with her dogs and tries out new recipes on her husband Rob. See what Dee-Ann is up to and join her readers’ mailing list at and com/. (Contact Dee-Ann at

Richard Blum has worked in the IT industry for more than 20 years as a network and systems administrator. During that time, he’s had the opportunity to work with lots of different computer products, including Windows, Netware, Cisco, Avaya, different flavors of UNIX, and of course, Linux. Over the years, he’s also volunteered for several non-profit organizations to help support small networks that had little financial support. Rich is the author of several Linux-based books for total Linux geeks, and a couple of Windows-based books for programmers.

When he’s not being a computer nerd, Rich plays the electric bass in a
church worship band, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Barbara,
and their two daughters, Katie Jane and Jessica.

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