Linux Annoyances for Geeks

Linux Annoyances for Geek book jacket photograph
Getting the Most Flexible System in the World Just the Way You Want It
By Michael Jang
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Released: April 2006
Pages: 512

Linux Annoyances for Geeks is a guide to help system administrators fine tune their systems for themselves and their users. The text compares various tweaks and modifications across several popular distributions. It’s part cookbook and part procedural manual for making modifications to Fedora/Red Hat, Debian, and SUSE systems for both Gnome and KDE desktops.

The book was published in 2006. As such, some of the material is a bit dated. Still, plenty of information remains pertinent. Using the book as a guide the latest step by step details are only a search query away for instances where software no longer matches up to the mods in the text. This process should be second nature for most seasoned Linux users.

I liked the way the book was structured. It begins with configuring desktops followed by workstations. Subsequent chapters address setting up local applications and dealing with the ever present transitions users experience moving to Linux from Windows. More advanced topics include custom kernels and advanced administration issues such as user management and cron jobs.

I would recommend this book for any Linux user that wants to make managing their system easier. While many of the topics are geared toward system admins, regular users will find useful mods to customizer their Linux systems.

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Disclosure: I received a free e-book copy for review purposes.