Linux for Non-geeks: A Hands-on, Project-based, Take-it-slow Guidebook (Google eBook)

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No Starch Press, 2004 - Computers - 308 pages
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This book is for any home user who has switched or is thinking of switching to Linux. Based on Red Hat's Fedora Core, Linux for Non-Geeks avoids geeky subjects like server and network setup and concentrates on the subjects of interest to the average home user: Installation, the Internet, playing CDs and audio files, desktop customization, games, downloading software and fonts, USB storage devices, printing, and more. Readers with only basic experience with Windows or another Linux distribution will learn how to do everything on their Linux machine that they are used to doing with Windows. Includes a complete installation of Fedora Linux on two CDs.

  

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User Review  - Tessa - Goodreads

Pretty handy dandy for anyone who wants to learn Linux. It's a little outdated for todays standards, so you might want to check out Ubuntu for Non-Geeks. It's a bit more recent. Read full review

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Contents

Adding Repositories to Synaptics Lookup List
152
DINING ON TARBALLS
153
What Is Source?
154
Compiling and Installing Xmahjongg
155
Getting the Xmahjongg Files
156
Running Xmahjongg
158
Cleaning Up
159
Second Thoughts Uninstalling Xmahjongg
160

Is It All Just About Money?
10
What Is Fedora Core?
11
Is Fedora Core Different from Red Hat Linux?
12
Hardware Compatibility
13
Hardware Requirements
14
MAKING COMMITMENTS
15
Protecting You from Yourself
16
Single or DualBoot Setup?
17
Can You Boot from CD?
18
Doing the Deed
19
DualBoot Installation
26
PostInstallation Steps
29
A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME
31
Welcome to the GNOME Desktop
32
Desktop Icons
33
users Home
34
Using Nautilus to View Text and PDF Files
36
Bookmarks Within Nautilus
37
The Main Menu
39
The GNOME Panel
41
Customizing the GNOME Panel
42
Deleting a Program Launcher from the Panel
43
Reducing the Number of Desktops on the Workspace Switcher
44
Adding a Fish to Your Panel
46
More Panel Fun
47
Virtual Desktops
48
Screenshots
49
Taking Screenshots of a Single Window
50
Shutting Down
51
MORE THAN WEBBED FEET
53
HigherSpeed Connections
54
Wireless Network Connections
55
External Modems
56
Making Sure All Is Well with Your Modem
57
Connecting and Disconnecting
60
Mozilla Your Internet Browser
61
Mozilla Popup Manager
63
Email
64
Instant Messaging with Gaim
65
Other Internet Applications
66
Dictionary
67
XChat
68
DRESSING UP THE BIRD
69
Experimenting with a New User Account
70
Customizing Your Desktop Environment
71
Creating Folders
72
Dolling Up the Side Pane and Emblems Yet Again
74
Changing the Desktop Background
75
Changing Window Borders Controls and Icon Sets
79
Installing Additional Window Borders Controls and Icons
80
Changing Your Login Screen
82
Installing Your New Login Manager Theme
83
Choosing a Screensaver
84
Mozilla Themes
85
Trying Out the Preinstalled Themes
86
GUTENBIRD
89
Setting Things Up
90
Printing with the Printer
93
Changing Settings Temporarily
94
Adding Another Print Queue and Why You Might Want to Do So
95
Selecting Print Queues
97
PUTTING YOUR DATA ON ICE
99
Floppies
100
Formatting Floppies
101
Reading Data CDs
102
Playing Music CDs
103
CDRW Drives
104
Dealing with CDRW Disks
105
Duplicating Audio and Data CDs
106
Reading the CD You Want to Duplicate
107
Deleting Tracks
108
RPM ISNT A 1980S ATLANTABASED BAND
111
Working Directly with RPM Packages
112
Installing FrozenBubble
113
Adding and Removing RPM Packages via the Package Management Window
115
Fixing the Package Manager Bug Fedora Core 1 Users Only
116
Uninstalling Packages
119
SIMPLE KITTEN WAYS
121
Meet the Terminal
122
Nontoxic Commands
123
whoami
124
ls
125
exit
126
mkdir
127
cp
128
chmod
129
A Couple of Other Biters Youll Be Using Soon
130
rpm
131
Getting the pyWings Files
132
Copying tkinter and Its Dependencies to Your Hard Disk
133
Installing tkinter and Its Dependencies
134
Creating a LocalApps Folder for pyWings
135
Running pyWings
137
Running pyWings Again
138
Adding Emblems to Your LocalApps Folder
139
Installation Tips
140
Installing the RPM and Extracting the Tarball
141
YES YET ANOTHER WAY
143
Installing APT and Synaptic
144
Installing APT
145
Using APT to Install Synaptic
146
Getting the MPlayer Files
148
Running MPlayer
150
Updating the APT Package Database with Synaptic
151
Getting the XPenguins Files
161
Running XPenguins
162
DATA ON ICE REVISITED
163
Device Compatibility
165
Setting Things Up Editing the fstab File
166
Creating a Mountpoint
168
Adding Additional USB Storage Devices
169
Adding Your Windows Partition or Drive to the fstab File
170
TUX ROCKS
171
Grip
172
Encoding MP3 files with Grip
174
Sound Juicer
175
Rhythmbox
177
The Rhythmbox Library and Browsers
178
XMMS
179
Installing MP3 Support for XMMS
181
Trying Out the XMMS MP3 Patch
182
Using XMMS to Listen to Streaming Media
183
Using XMMS Skins
186
Changing Skins
187
Downloading Additional Skins
188
Audacity
189
RealOne Player
190
Installing the RealOne Player
191
Setting Up Mozilla to Play RealMedia Streams Automatically
192
BRUSHWIELDING PENGUINS
195
Tux Paint Optional
197
Installing and Running Tux Paint
198
Viewing Your Images with gThumb
199
Emblems Again Creating Your Own
200
Adding the Newly Sized Image to the Emblem Collection
201
Creating Your Own Icons and Emblems
202
Digital Cameras
204
PENGUINS BACK AT WORK
207
OpenOfficeorg
208
Getting to Know Those Other Buttons
209
The OpenOfficeorg Applications
211
Writer
212
Impress
213
Draw
214
AbiWord
215
Some Other Cool Productivity Apps
216
Making Your Own Tarballs and ZIP Files with File Roller
218
Checking Your System for Viruses Optional
219
FONT FEATHERED FRENZY
223
Installing Fonts
225
Getting the Font Files
226
Alternative Approach to Installing Fonts Locally Using the Easy Method
227
Installing Individual Fonts Globally Using the Easy Method
228
Uninstalling Fonts Installed Globally Using the Easy Method Optional
229
Installing Fonts Using the X Method
230
Uninstalling Fonts Installed with the X Method Optional
231
Installing Windows Fonts Globally Using the Easy Method
232
Windows Fonts for NonDual Booters
233
Creating Your Own Fonts with PfaEdit Optional
234
Downloading Installing and Running PfaEdit
235
TUX SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE
237
ReadOnly Language Support
238
Changing the Character Encoding in Mozilla
239
Typing Nonstandard Characters
240
Keyboard Layout Switcher
241
Viewing Your System in Another Language
242
Multilingual Login
243
Chinese
244
Korean
245
Kdeedu LanguageLearning Programs
246
Installing the StarDict Dictionary Optional
248
Getting the StarDict Files
249
Running StarDict
250
TUX UNTETHERED
251
Should I Go Wireless?
252
WiFi Hardware
253
Wireless Access Points
254
Wireless Network Interface Cards
255
Setting Up Your Wireless Card
257
Activating Your Wireless Network Interface Card
261
A Quick Fix for the WiFi Quirkies
262
LEAVING THE NEST
263
Direct Login Bypassing the Login Screen
264
Changing Your Color Depth
265
KDE
266
Differences Between KDE and GNOME
267
Changing Default Desktop Environments
268
Keeping Your System Up to Date
269
Upgrading
271
Odds and Ends
273
Man Pages
274
Checking the Ink Levels on an Epson Printer
275
Programming for Linux? Absolutely Optional but Kind of Fun
276
Running Windows Programs Under Linux with Wine Optional
277
Downloading and Installing Wine and WineSetuptk
278
Installing and Running a Windows Program Under Linux
279
WHAT TO DO IF TUX STARTS ACTING UP
281
Problems and Solutions
282
LAUNCHER SPECIFICATIONS
287
Xmahjongg
288
Utilities
289
RESOURCES
293
Mailing Lists
294
Hardware Compatibility Issues
295
Customization
296
News and Information
297
INDEX
299
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Rickford Grant is the author of Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been a computer operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is currently working as a teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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