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Get online with broadband DSL and build Web pages

Install Fedora Core 3, use, play CDs, and set up a firewall

The penguin is back, and better than ever! And this friendly guide will help you install and configure the new edition of Fedora Core so you can use exciting features like the SELinux infrastructure, which boosts system security, and MPlayer, the powerful Linux multimedia tool. Fine-tune the GNOME desktop, connect to a broadband cable modem, and get to work!

Discover how to

  • Work with the OpenOffice desktop productivity suite
  • Install Wine and use Microsoft® applications
  • Play Internet radio and burn CDs
  • Upgrade your network security
  • Use the Evolution desktop organizer and e-mail client

About the Author

Jon 'maddog' Hall, Executive Director of Linux International, is a world-renowned Linux evangelist.

Paul G. Sery is a system administrator for Sandia National Laboratories, Inc.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Almost painless way to get started Feb. 23 2005
By John Matlock - Published on
Format: Paperback
When Red Hat stopped selling their low end packaged product and turned the whole thing over to the Fedora group I was very dissappointed and felt that this part of the market was simply going to go away. Instead I've been plesantly surprised to see that publishers have picked up on this vacancy and produced books like this one that include the full distribution. And at a price well below what the Red Hat packaged product cost.

This book is, like the title says, for dummies. Not stupid just that you don't know about this particular subject. It's main intent is to get you through the installation and set up of a desktop workstation. There is a bit about using Apache to set up a web server, but neither "data base" not "PHP" are even in the index.

As is common with the For Dummies books, this one includes a good bit of humor. It helps me to stay awake and I like it. It's also good to see that this book can take some the mystery oout of the Unix environment. If there's going to be any competition for Microsoft, it has to come from books like this. Say to go publisher.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good starter book Feb. 14 2005
By Climber - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is a great place for the Linux newbie to start. It's an easy read and gives you good basic information, plus some advanced stuff (a wireless multimedia server for your home network?!)

You're expected to have a little knowledge about computers but not much. Basically the book assumes most readers use ms windows at least a little bit. Another good thing is the book gives you Fedora Core 3 on DVD. Check it out.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A good mix of desktop and server Linux to get you started... Feb. 20 2005
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a good entry level text to get started with the Fedora distribution of Linux (and one in which you can have fun reading it), try out Red Hat Fedora Linux 3 For Dummies by Jon 'maddog' Hall and Paul G. Sery (Wiley).

Chapter List:

Part 1 - Installing Fedora Core: And In The Opposite Corner... A Penguin?; Paving The Way For Fedora Core; Ready, Set, Install!; Getting To Know Fedora Core

Part 2 - Got Net?: Dull Dial-Up Modems Still Get The Job Done; Broadband Rocks!; Connect Locally, Communicate Globally: Connecting To A LAN; Only You Can Prevent Bad Firewalls

Part 3 - Linux, Huh! What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything!: Gnowing GNOME; Gnowing More Applications; Surfin' The Net And Using E-Mail; Using Audio And Video Applications; Going To The OpenOffice; The Days Of Wine And Windows Applications

Part 4 - Revenge Of The Nerds: Building Your Own Private Network; Creating Basic Linux Network Services; Securing Your Future; Bringing In The Fedora Core Repairman; Building A Streaming Audio Server

Part 5 - The Part Of Tens: Ten Problem Areas And Solutions; Ten Security Vulnerabilities And Their Fixes

Part 6 - Appendixes: Fedora Core Administration Utilities; Discovering Your Hardware's True Identity; Filing Your Life Away; Becoming A Suit: Managing The Linux File System; Revving Up With RPM And YUM; About The DVD


It used to be a book on Linux covered how to set up a Linux server and how to run a command line interface to do all sorts of strange things. Now the Linux desktop is becoming a viable option both personally and commercially, so books like this need to cover both. While you can find separate titles that cover just the desktop or just the server more completely, this For Dummies title will do a good job in giving you an overview of both. Since the book includes a DVD with the entire Core 3 distribution, you can immediately get started on your Linux adventure. And like all Dummies titles, there's a lot of humor and informal writing going on, so it's not like you're wading through a technical manual or something...

Probably not a book you'd give to Gramma to get her off of Windows, but a decent choice for an IT person looking to expand their horizons...
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the time for me.. Sept. 20 2006
By Jose Rizal - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are looking for a place to start to get into linux... first of all FC3 is outdated already. FC5 is out now. Second of all, if you are new to linux, Ubuntu linux may be an easier distro to start with. Theres a huge online support community and its very user friendly in my opinion. Since I was already used to Red Hat, some of the Ubuntu quirks were strange for me. But for a beginner, I think Ubuntu is superior.

I have a few machines running FC3 already and I thought this might be a good reference book. Turns out I already knew most of the book already, and I also know where to get help online for anything else. So I shouldn't have wasted my time.. ah well.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
first step for noob like my Feb. 4 2005
By Naif Romaih - Published on
Format: Paperback
if u newbie on Linux like my this book and red hat fedora guide is the best i see on bookstore i has the old one from this series and its help my to set my home network and install webmin .

what i like in this book its give u the answer direct not more detail like other i see.

and what i do not like in this book its took to more on KDE and not Gnome what its come default with fedora ! but i see on this 3rd editon its took on Gnome this great things,and the book can not help my to solve my modem problem .