SEBASTOPOL, CA -- Linux, the most talked-about success story of Open
Source software, is attracting millions of new users. Many of these new
users -- unlike the early adopters of Linux -- don't come from a UNIX
background. And if you come from a Windows or Macintosh background,
Linux can be-well, a little gnarly.
Bill McCarty, a university professor who has taught Linux to hundreds
of students, wrote a book specifically for those new users. McCarty's
book, Learning Red Hat
Linux (O'Reilly, $34.95) has just been released.
Learning Red Hat Linux includes a CD-ROM that contains a
fully-operational, complete version of Red Hat Linux, one of the most
popular Linux distributions. This version of Red Hat Linux may be
purchased as Official Red Hat Linux, along with technical support, for
The book and the included CD-ROM, gives you
everything you need to get started with one of the hottest operating
"At one time, one had to know a good bit about computers to get a Linux
system up and running. But, that's much less true today. Essentially
every modern operating system-including MS Windows-is based on Unix,"
says McCarty. "Writing, for those unfamiliar with Unix, involves
helping the reader see that Unix lives inside MS Windows. That's what
I've tried to do in this book: To build a bridge between the familiar
world of MS Windows and the seemingly unfamiliar world of Unix."
5 things a Windows user should know before starting to use Linux by
Bill McCarty, author of
Learning Red Hat
Linux (O'Reilly $ 34.95)
- How to make a backup of your system. Installing Linux is no more
risky than installing any other operating system. But-things happen.
Having a backup will reduce your stress level should something go
- How to access Internet newsgroups or chat. These provide access to
help, if it turns out to be needed.
- What Linux software you want to run. Be sure to have it on hand so
you can install it right away. Many Linux packages are on the CD-ROM
that accompanies the book, but much more is available on the Internet.
- Where to install Linux. If you have available space, you can
install Linux to the same hard drive that holds Windows. But, you may
prefer to add a new hard drive to your system so that you have plenty
- What distribution of Linux to use. Red Hat, which is on the CD-ROM
that accompanies the book (Learning Red Hat Linux), is the most popular
distribution in the U.S. One of the key advantages of Red Hat is its
ease of installation and administration, even for the beginner.
However, other distributions-for example, Debian -have their advocates.
It's somewhat difficult to switch a system from one distribution to
another. So, it's best to install a distribution you're comfortable
with at the outset.
Learning Red Hat
By Bill McCarty
1st Edition September 1999 (US)
1-56592-627-7, 394 pages, $34.95 ($US), Includes CD-ROM