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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Red Hat Linux Bible: Fedora and Enterprise Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Christopher Negus
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fedora? This is the one book you should get!

Are you interested in Linux and don't know where to start?
This book has everything you need to get started.
The book has 3 CDs with the Fedora Core 1 OS. It has over 1000 pages of information describing every aspect of installing and using the Operating System.
And it is readable.
The author seems to understand that not everyone is a "techie", so he has obviously gone to great pains to make his instruction understandable. At the same time, he hasn't simplified it to the point of leaving critical exceptions to procedures out (a failure of most books about Linux).
All applications are listed and described, including many esoteric applications that may be vital to only a few users.
Although enthusiastic about Linux, the author is pretty realistic about its comparison to other operating systems, such as Microsoft's Windows. If you want to get from point A to point B, and you don't care about the price of the ticket, Linux may not be for you. But if you care about "travelling in style" this book is the ultimate guide.
Consider that for the price of this book you can obtain:
OpenOffice, Koffice (2 office productivity suites!)OpenOffice Writer, Abiword, Kword (3 word processors!)OpenOffice Calc, Gnumeric (2 spreadsheet applications!)OpenOffice Impress, Kpresenter (2 presentation programs!)Mozilla, Epiphany, Konqueror (3 internet browsers!)Evolution, Kmail, Mozilla Mail (3 e-mail readers!)Gnu Image Manipulation Program (an image editor for artists)Gnucash (a financial application)
...And literally hundreds of other special applications including games, and educational programs for children and adults.
With the Fedora Operating System and this book, you can tweak your Computer to look like, and to do anything you dream of doing-- wasn't that why people became interested in computers in the first place?
How much would you have to spend for Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Internet Explorer, Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Quicken or Microsoft Money? Add it up!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best

This is the best book available for C. It covers the ANSI C 1989 standard. I consider it to be comprehensible to intermediate level C programmers, so my opinion is that if you want to understand completely what you read you must have some C background. Of course if you have that background, read the book and see the Light.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Worth reading, but light compared to Steve McConnell

The title "The Pragmatic Programmer" is very apt. Not a book written by a professor for teaching, this book is written by actual programmers to be read and used by actual programmers. There is a wealth of sound practical advice, and a gift for the memorable phrase or anecdote. I found this book to be a useful refresher, and well worth reading. The writing style is excellent - clear, entertaining, appropriate level of humour.
However I've given it only three stars. My favourite book on programming, "Code Complete" by Steve McConnell, is equally readable, but covers similar ground in far more depth. I make Code Complete required reading for my programming teams. The Pragmatic Programmer doesn't make it past "Suggestions for further reading".

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good guide to a GREAT editor

This book gathers a great deal of information that you can get for free over the web, and puts it into a nice place on your bookshelf. Not a "GREAT" piece of work at all, but then, neither is the VI editor. The true value for me was it's references and comparisons to VI clones that are on the market that you will quickly want to download once you start realizing how awfull VI really is.