March 4, 2005

Beginning SUSE Linux:: A New Book From Apress

Julie Miller writes "Berkeley, CAâ4 March 2005âThereâs no doubt about it: Linux is becoming a household name. From the widespread success and adoption of open source applications like Firefox, Trillian and Gaim, to Linux-based desktops being sold in major retailers like Wal-Mart, consumers are realizing that there are alternatives to Windows. Linux distributions are usually less expensive, more secure and often just as simple to use as their Windows counterparts.

Once a home user decides to make the transition, next comes the choice of which distribution to use. With hundreds of variants available, the decision can be daunting. When Novell purchased SUSE in 2003, it made a commitment to the open source community to continue to grow and enhance SUSE, and itâs delivered on that commitment. With a clean interface, advanced installation and configuration tools, and excellent multimedia capabilities, SUSE is one of the most popular Linux distributions available.

With all this in mind, Apress and Keir Thomas have come together to publish Beginning SUSE Linux: From Novice to Professional. Aimed at consumers wanting to make the switch from Windows to Linux, this book offers everything a user needs to get started, including a DVD that contains a full version of SUSE Linux Professional 9.1!

According to author Keir Thomas, âThis book is my answer to that need for a fundamental, authoritative and down-to-earth guide to Linux, done in the context of one of the most popular flavors of Linux in existence today. Itâs a book that is desperately needed in our modern world, especially as Linux becomes more and more popular and enters homes and workplaces.â

Highlights of Beginning SUSE Linux:

⢠Specifically geared toward typical consumers wanting to make the transition from Windows to Linux
⢠Describes everything from installation and basic undertakings (such as listening to music and word processing), to troubleshooting and administrative tasks, to using the command-line interface/shell
⢠Companion DVD includes a full version of SUSE Linux Professional 9.1

Apress Authors: The Expertâs Voiceâ¢

Keir Thomas has been writing about computing for a decade. He has edited several best-selling computer magazines, such as Linux User & Developer, PC Utilities and PC Extreme, and he has written for many others, including Computer Buyer, PC Direct and IT Week. He has also written for several IT websites. Thomas is currently a technical group editor at Live Publishing Ltd. In his spare time, he plays the tin whistle and goes hiking on the local mountains near his home in Derbyshire, in the north of Britain.

To read more about Beginning SUSE Linux or the author, or to view a table of contents and sample chapter, please select this title in our online catalog at


About Apress

All Apress titles are available at bookstores nationwide, online booksellers, and from Springer New York, Inc. at 800-777-4643; fax 201.348.4505. Contact us for more information at

For a review copy, author interview, cover file, or more information about Apress' innovative approach to publishing, contact Julie Miller at 510-549-5930, extension 126, or write to

Apress L.P., based in Berkeley, California, is a fast-growing publisher of technical books devoted to meeting the needs of information technology professionals. Apress is dedicated to publishing titles of the highest quality and has compiled a team of authors that reads like a veritable "Who's Who" of the computing industry.

Beginning SUSE Linux: From Novice to Professional

Keir Thomas

Published 21 February 2005 * ISBN: 1-59059-458-4 * $39.99 US * 544 pages"

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