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Book Review: Suse Linux by Chris Brown

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Have you been itching to try Suse Linux but didn't know how to get started? Okay, I confess – I know I have. I tried installing Suse once several months ago, then chickened out of using it. (Just FYI, the installation went just fine.) Not sure why, but Suse looks a little more intimidating than Ubuntu, and it isn't. That's why Chris Brown's book is great, because it shows how easy it is to get going and up to speed with Suse.

Suse is one of the most popular Linux distributions available today. Novell claims "over seven thousand installations" of Suse each day, and that's nothing to sneeze at, 'cause if you do, you might just miss one (it works out to one every 12 seconds.)

This book covers it all, and at a hefty 430-some pages, I do mean all. Thankfully, it's got some great sections, so just jump to the one that interests you. I was particularly interested in section 4 (Using Linux on Your Laptop), especially in configuring wireless networking and Bluetooth devices. Section 7 (Network Services) was also pretty darn good. It covers setting up DNS, NFS, Samba, DHCP, Apache and Mail. Let's also not forget how to provide a secure remote login with SSH, in section 8. Of course, the section most Suse beginners will definitely use is section 9, because it covers setting up dual-boot systems, and running multiple operating systems.

Let's face it, we Linux newbies want to try Suse, but are too afraid to let go of Windows or Mac OS X. But that's okay, this book makes it easy as pie to run both Linux and your other OS. So, what are you waiting for? Jump in, the water's fine!

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