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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 = Red Hat Linux 10

Sometimes an author is at the mercy of those controlling the content he writes about.
Red Hat Inc. developed a great Red Hat Linux 10 operating system, then at the last minute changed its name to Fedora Core 1. If you liked Red Hat Linux 9, you will like the full Fedora Core 1 that comes on 3 CDs in the "Red Hat Linux Bible: Fedora and Enterprise Edition" even better. It is richer in features and even more solid than RHL 9.
While I think Red Hat Inc. did a great job building Fedora Core 1, so far they have done a mediocre job, at best, of marketing it. They even left the word "Linux" out of its name. For those reasons, inside this book, I sort through:
* How Fedora Core came about* The differences between Fedora Core 1 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3* When you would choose Fedora Core or RHEL
Otherwise, this book is just an improved edition of my Red Hat Linux Bible (that comes after RHL 9 Bible). It still steps you through how to install, use, administer, and build servers in most any Red Hat Linux distribution you choose.
I pulled in two friends to update the sections on security and shell scripting. I added sections on RAID and yum. (Check out some yum respositories to find free, high-quality add-on software.) All the projects we built for our "Linux Toys" book for RHL9 run on Fedora Core 1 without modification.
The foundation for this book is the Red Hat Linux 8 Bible (just voted the "Best Linux Book" by readers of LinuxWorld Magazine) and computer best-selling Red Hat Linux 9 Bible. While I usually leave marketing to marketing people, I just felt that these words just weren't getting out: Fedora Core is the best free Linux available today and this book is a great way to get it and learn it (in my humble opinion).
-- Chris NegusAuthor of Red Hat Linux Bible (all editions) & Linux Toys

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Digital Image Processing
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Kenneth R. Castleman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very solid on math, very expensive in price.

I used Ken Castleman's first edition in 1979 that same year to get a thorough and fast mastery of digital image processing. The book is highly recommended, because I feel that if a book is easy to read and gets the job done of educating the reader as quickly as possible, and it is actually a pleasure to go through, then it is a winner. This book is one of the rare technical books I can recommend this way. The price tag of 105 is hefty, but many books today are outlandishly priced. Even so, if the budget allows only one or two Digital Imaging texts, this would be one I would definitely pick.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good, by Design

Nowadays, every computer user can easily create documents that are far more graphic then a typed page, like brochures, stationary and even web pages. But the computer and its software can't apply good design principles. That's up to the user, who often has no design training. This little book teaches basic design and typographic skills.

This book is quite amazing. The individual untrained in design can read the whole book in several hours and learn enough to provide a major improvement in graphic output. Williams explains four basic principles of design that are simple and straightforward and can be applied to every graphic design project. The author then shows how to apply these principles to specific kinds of projects. Finally, she discusses typefaces, or fonts, and the way they should be used, in a way that's so clear that I wonder why it ever took me so long to learn the differences.

And that's the book. Short, sweet, well written and extremely helpful. If you are a visual novice and you have a graphic design project, read this book and you'll turn out products that can look as good as something a professional designer would create.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent for the Apple Newbie

I wanted to start using Apple but wanted to learn more about the roots. Must say, this was a brilliant crash course even though one cannot always be too sure about the facts. My feeling was that the author's motive was pure.
This book made me realise that Apple is a volatile company, or should I say, immature?