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The Beginner's Guide to Linux we made a few months ago was wildly successful; so much so that people are still ringing us up at LXF Towers trying to get a copy even though it sold out months ago.

Good news then: the latest special edition, Linux Made Easy, is on sale now, with heaps of tutorials, a specially tweaked version of Ubuntu to help get newbies up and running, plus the entire text of the first beginner's guide included as PDFs on the DVD. That's right, as there's no way to get the last special, we've included the PDFs with the current issue.

Oh, and even though the previous special editions were available only in WHSmith, Linux Made Easy will be on sale in All Good Newsagents, so it should be a bit easier to get hold of.

Update: click here to buy this magazine online now, wherever you are in the world!

Linux Format Special - Linux Made Easy


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I suggest you send a copy to

I suggest you send a copy to Gary Parkinson at the BBC.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7594249.stm
He gets a new EEEpc and everything works, so then proceeds to reinstall a different distribution, complains that the WiFi isn't automatically detected, eventually gets that working after paying for some support, and ends by complaining that hi iPod doesn't work.
The fact that a novice user is able to install a complete OS, get all the drivers working, and only fails when trying to connect to a proprietary device the the manufacture provide no Linux support for is actually pretty amazing. But that isn't the tone of the article.

>>trying to get a copy

>>trying to get a copy even though it sold out months ago.

They ought to hunt around, I have seen a few copies in branches of WH Smith in Aldridge and Birmingham within the last couple of weeks.

so you pinch the name of an

so you pinch the name of an already published book :?
does it have xandros as the main os too?
grrrrr!

>> does it have

>> does it have xandros as the main os too?

It says Ubuntu on the cover snapshot towy, do you think they'd have been better going with Xandros? :P

>> I have seen a few

>> I have seen a few copies in branches of WH Smith in Aldridge and Birmingham within the last couple of weeks.

I'm surprised you haven't snapped them up and offered them for sale at a highly inflated price on the Forum! :)

Hmm, at a highly inflated

Hmm, at a highly inflated price? Just how much more than £9.99 do you think I could get? ;)

Depends how desperate people

Depends how desperate people are, I suppose!

Excellent though these publications are, I do wish they wouldn't describe themselves on their front covers as "Your complete guide to using Linux" and "All you need to dump Windows for good". I don't think it would be possible to produce a manageable single publication which covered absolutely everything anyone needed to know about Linux.

Back in March 2003 I purchased LXF's "Linux - The Complete Guide", which had the bold claim on the cover "Everything you need to master Linux". Strange how five years later I'm still trying to master it and have needed to study much more than the 114 pages of that Guide ;)

So, £10 then. ;) The word

So, £10 then. ;)

The word "complete" does get used wrongly quite a lot though. Like when they completed the sequencing of the human genome. Well, except for the bits that were so repetitive that they couldn't using the methods available, and oh look, we are now finding there is some important stuff going on in those sections.

Then again, it's probably just the usual journalistic hyperbole in this case, like "ultimate" and "essential" and "true" and all the other words that get misused to make things seem more attractive than they really are.
Would you have bought "Linux - The Guide To Quite A Few Things You Might Need To Know, But By No Means Everything."? Assuming you didn't lose interest before you finished reading the title. ;)

>> The word

>> The word “complete” does get used wrongly quite a lot though.

In a similar fashion to that much overused adjective “awesome”. As in “KDE4 is just awesome, man”

>> Would you have bought “Linux - The Guide To Quite A Few Things You Might Need To Know, But By No Means Everything.”?

Er no, probably not. That would put it on a par with “The Strange Case of the End of Civilisation as We Know It” and “The Meaning of Life and the Reciprocity Law Failure Explained”. But the first LXF Special (LXFS01) was far more sensibly titled “Get started with Mandriva Linux”, the words “Get started” more accurately describing what you could expect within. Mind you, I strongly suspect that particular issue was authored by 1sf. ;)

>> Mind you, I

>> Mind you, I strongly suspect that particular issue was authored by 1sf.

Well, if it was incomprehensible gibberish, I don't see how it managed to live up to the title. :P

Thanks for making this

Thanks for making this available online.

Has anybody else had trouble

Has anybody else had trouble with the Automatix script on page 10 (Choose your distro)? I tried it several times, also substituting "Hardy" for "Feisty". This was the result:

~$ wget http://www.getautomatix.com/apt/key.gpg.asc
--08:46:39-- http://www.getautomatix.com/apt/key.gpg.asc
=> `key.gpg.asc'
Resolving www.getautomatix.com... 72.37.226.178
Connecting to www.getautomatix.com|72.37.226.178|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 404 Not Found
08:46:40 ERROR 404: Not Found.

Then I search for the website and found the script has been discontinued - or am I missing something?



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