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"While this book is written in a style that can be easily, and enjoyably, read from cover to cover, it also serves as a desktop reference. Whether you are using Linux on a home workstation or maintaining a network server, Running Linux provides an excellent resource that can be dipped into for expert advice just when you need it. No matter your level of experience, it deserves to be on your bookshelf." -First Monday, June 2001

"The best distribution agnostic title is Matt Welch's readable Running Linux which every Linux user should own." --Steve Patient, amazon.co.uk

"Running Linux, by Matt Welsh and Lar Kaufman, is a gentle welcome to Linux that shows you around, points out some places where you may want to spend some time, and tells you where to find good detailed guides. Over time, Running Linux has become my first choice for broad questions. (Linux in a Nutshell is my choice for details like utility program options.)" --Jeff Taylor, Dr Dobbs Electronic Review of Computer Books April 2001

"Amazon Best of 2000: Computer Networking"

"This is a pretty complete book for people who are not totally ignorant of setting up and tinkering with computers and operating systems. It shows a method to use Windows to pry loose information from your hardware. It pretty much goes through the steps to create and maintain a usable Linux system." --Ruurd Pels, Dr Bobs Book Reviews, December 2000

"For beginners the best choice is the classic "Running Linux". There are other good starting guides, but this one does the best job of capturing the spirit of Linux while providing essential guidance." --Gene Wilburn, Computer Paper, December 2000

"widely accepted as the book on Linux for the new generation-it has achieved international acclaim and survived the battering of the flame wars, which is saying something.! It's an easy book to read that takes you through just about everything you need to know to get a broad overview of what Linux is and how it works."--Rob Fenwick, PC Answers, Dec 2000



Ideal for the absolute novice."-Rob Fenwick, PC Answers, Dec 2000

First Place, Linux Magazine's Editor's Choice Awards, 2000

"If you're a user that's fairly new to Linux, this book will help you get up to speed quickly. If you're a die-hard Linux fanatic, you'll love this book as a reference for those long nights when you can't quite remember the syntax to a command you last used five years ago. Buy it, read it, but be careful about loaning it out! My copy disappeared for a month." --Linux Magazine, Dec 2000

"A good core for configuring and running a Linux system." --Dr. John Joyce, Scientific Computing, Oct 2000

"Back this book up with a good command reference (Linux in a Nutshell is solid), and you'll be well on your way to Linux mastery. --David Wall, Amazon.com

"This is the third edition of a deservedly popular book. It is as comprehensive a guide on the subject a you can expect to find. . .if you are looking for a comprehensive guide to setting up, running and maintaining a Linux-based system, it is hard to go wrong with this book. It will get the beginning user on the road to becoming a power Linux user and includes information that will prove useful long after system setup and configuration." --Keith Schengili-Roberts, Computer Paper, April 2000

"This is a book for hands-on people, who want to know what to do and why they have to do it. Obviously, any O'Reilly book has high standards to live up to. More,
Running Linux has inherited the mantle of "Linux Installation and Getting Started"; readers of my last review two weeks ago, will know in what esteem I still hold this work. I am glad to be able to say that it has a worthy successor. The core attitude is still there: that you must know what you are doing. There is no attempt to hide behind GUI hand-holders, whether installers or system administration tools or what have you. Instead, you sit down at your new Linux box, and you learn through trying out stuff that's in this book. In a nutshell, the decision here is a no-brainer. If you are new to Linux, buy this book, full stop, period, end of story. If you've been using Linux for some time, chances are there will still be something in here that's new and useful to you." --Paul Dunne, Kiro5hin, May 2000

"You can't go wrong with this book. Whether you're a novice, or like me, have been kicking around in the Linux pool for awhile, you will find yourself referring to a passage or two on occasion for advice or just to refresh your memory on a solution to a tricky problem." --SLUG reviews, May 2000 "I recommend the superb Running Linux, 3rd Ed., by Matt Welsh, Lar Kaufman and Matthias Dalheimer (O'Reilly & Assoc., 2000). These guys understand Linux backward and forward; theirs is one of many Linux titles but by far the best of them. I've done three Linux installations now, and I wouldn't have wanted to be without this book for any of them." --Paul Gilster, Raleigh News Observer, April 17, 2000

First place in the Linux Book category of the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice awards.-September, 2000

"Running Linux" from O'Reilly books continues to be one of the most popular and recommended introductions to the world of Linux. With over 150,000 copies sold and in it's 3rd edition, this book deserves a place on your shelf. The value of "Running Linux" is tremendous if you don't know much about Linux and want a quick but thorough overview. But even if you're extremely knowledgable about Linux, this book would make a handy reference to refresh your memory about a variety of topics. While a single book can't possibly answer all you're questions, I can guarantee that it will pique your interest if you haven't loaded a Linux distro yet and are wondering what all the fuss is about. This book rates as a "must have" if you're only going to buy one book to discover the world of Linux." --Signal Ground, September 2000

"Obviously, any O'Reilly book has high standards to live up to. More, "Running Linux" has inherited the mantle of "Linux Installation and Getting Started"; readers of my last review two weeks ago, will know in what esteem I still hold this work. I am glad to be able to say that it has a worthy successor. The core attitude is still there: that you must know what you are doing. There is no attempt to hide behind GUI hand-holders, whether installers or system administration tools or what have you. Instead, you sit down at your new Linux box, and you learn through trying out stuff that's in this book, In a nutshell, the decision here is a no-brainer. If you are new to Linux, buy this book, full stop, period, end of story. If you've been using Linux for some time, chances are there will still be something in here that's new and useful to you." --Paul Dunne, www.kuro5hin.org, May 2000

"Running Linux...is often hailed as the one book that all Linux users, neophytes and experts alike, should read. Now in its third edition, the book continues the pedigree it has acquired while reasonably keeping up with the massive changes in Linux. If you're new to Linux, get this book. If you're an expert who will be helping anyone else get Linux up and running, I highly recommend getting this book to lend out as needed." --Mark Bashaw, 32bitsonline, June 19, 2000

(For 1st Edition):

"Armed with this book I can see that my UNIX/linux problem days are almost over....I can tell you it's been what I've been waiting for all along." --David W. Alie, December 1994

"I received the book today, and am thrilled. As a fairly 'long time' linux user, I thought I'd not really get a lot from this book, but having it in my hands and skimming, I've found three or four commands, or tips that I wondered about in the past. Actually, I've found that it's a very good book, and well formatted. The text and subjects are, of course, quite timely, and written with a USERS viewpoint...always important to a reader. This isn't thrown together to take advantage of an incredible market, this book is written by a user, for users, with first hand knowledge of users problems. Ideal. Excellent." --John L. Clarke,III, Linux Systems Administrator, March 1995

"I have read LI&GS online, but getting Running Linux (~600 pages) is one of the best guides I have seen on HOW to set up a system. Matt and O'Reilly have done the typical great job." --David (Fuzzy) Wells,Information Systems Director for the Space Warfare Center, Analysis and Engineering Directorate, Falcon AFB, CO March 1995 (My feelings only represent MY feelings and are not an official endorsement by the Air Force or the US Government.)

(For 2nd Edition):

"...the finest all-around general-purpose Linux overview currently available." --Michael Stutz, Linux Journal, August 1998

"My favorites (Linux books) come from O'Reilly & Associates: Running Linux and Linux in a Nutshell." --Nick Cook, Amazine Computing, July 1998

(For 1st Edition):

"There has been an increasing thirst for information about Linux which hasn't been fully quenched by a book...until O'Reilly & Associates got together with Lar Kaufman and Matt Welsh, the Coordinator of the Linux Documentation Project and the author of Linux Installation & Getting Started, to take on this project. Unostentatiously titled Running Linux, this book is a perfect blend of polished knowledge, organized in an easy-to-grasp package, like most books in the O'Reilly line.

"Running Linux covers everything you need to install, use and understand the Linux operating system. This cornucopia includes in-depth installation and configuration instructions, tutorial and discussion of programming tools for system and program development, information on system maintenance, network administration guidelines, and everything in between.... "Running Linux offers helpful installation and configuration information to make setting up XFree86 a bit easier. This project alone has been known to cause rashes and other stress-induced ailments, but reading the keep-it-simple approach in Running Linux can help keep you healthy...

"In short, this book answers the questions the novice users are too afraid to ask, and the questions gurus won't admit they don't know."

--Linux Journal, review by Grant Johnson, June 1995


"Running Linux is an introductory book on Linux. It begins by describing what Linux is, where to get it, and how to install it (a souped-up version of the first author's Linux Installation and Getting Started). This is followed by an introduction to Unix for beginners (it even explains how to use ls) and a guide to the essentials of system administration. The remaining chapters include very brief introductions to some major tools (X, vi, emacs, TeX) and programming languages (C, perl, make, shell), and some starting information on the most commonly used networking packages (basic TCP/IP, kermit, elm, WWW browsers and UUCP). The appendices provide information about on-line Linux resources and the GNU copyright, and there is an annotated bibliography.

"What can one say about such a collection? Almost all this material is available elsewhere, but it's nice to have it all in the one volume: having to wade through printouts of manuals or HOWTOs is likely to be off-putting for the beginner, and the existing books on Unix system administration are aimed more at people running large time-sharing systems than home users. "While one can quibble about the choice of material (arguably introducing troff and TeX in an introductory book is unnecessary, and I would like to have seen a guide to the Linux file-system modeled on that in the Linux File-system Structure Standard), it is obviously based on the likely needs of the majority of users. The presentation is clear and easy to follow, and Running Linux is recommended for anyone without Unix system administration experience who is running (or wants to run) Linux. It contains enough information for a smart user to bootstrap themselves into a capable Linux user, so if you're converting a friend from DOS be sure to give them a copy! Running Linux will do much to assist the spread of Linux." - Disclaimer: I requested and received a review copy of Running Linux from O'Reilly & Associates, but I have no stake, financial or otherwise, in its success. Copyright (C) Danny Yee 1995 URL http://www.anatomy.su.oz.au/danny/book-reviews/index.html

"Welsh and Kaufman's book is invaluable for users who have progressed beyond a basic installation and want to learn how to use their Linux system... Welsh and Kaufman do an excellent job of making their book appeal to Linux users from novices to experienced level. However, the book would be most useful to intermediate-level users--those who have managed to get their system up and running and navigate around it with basic commands. For these users, Running Linux, 2nd Edition's detailed explanations and logical step-by-step tutorials are a great first step into the more advanced Unix world." --Borders.com, July 1999