[CentOS] "Linux aux petits oignons" - Book about Linux, based on CentOS 5.x

Niki Kovacs contact at kikinovak.net
Wed Apr 1 11:38:40 UTC 2009


I'm currently busy finishing "Linux aux petits oignons", a practical 
introduction to Linux, aimed primarily at the frustrated Windows user. 
This is the first of two volumes, it's written in french, and all 
examples in the book are based on CentOS. (Note: looks like I'll have to 
update some screenshots to 5.3 :oD)

Usually the first question that arises is: why not base your book on 
Ubuntu/Fedora/SuSE/whatever? I answer that question in the book, but in 
short: I'm using Linux professionally, both on server and desktop, and 
my distro of choice for both is CentOS. It's one of those rare distros 
where you login and everything Just Works(tm). I'm aware of the few 
drawbacks (recent hardware, latest version of apps, yadda yadda), but I 
can live with that.

Another thing you will maybe notice: I'm not shy about introducing 
newbies to the commandline. Usually Linux books for beginners seem more 
and more GUI-centered, but I'm taking the opposite way, preferring to 
explain simple and basic UNIX concepts. (The heck if I lose 90% of 
prospective readers who will rather go off and buy "Simple comme Ubuntu" 

Here's the - almost - final version of the manuscript. It will go to the 
graphist sometime next week. Until then, maybe you're curious and want 
to take a glimpse:


If you have any comments, suggestions, if you want to point out the odd 
typo or mistake, feel free to do so. I can take them into account until 
maybe the end of next week, before the folks in the layout department do 
their job.

One last thing: since this is not the final version, please don't 
disseminate it too much.


Niki Kovacs (a.k.a Kiki Novak)

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