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Audience

The way I see it, there are two types of computer users in the world: those who use Linux as their desktop OS, and those who are going to.

This book is mainly written for the second group—for Windows users who have heard of Linux and want to find out what all the fuss is about without committing a lot of time or hard-drive space in that endeavor. If you are frustrated by buggy software, weekly security patches, and spyware on your computer, read this book. I don’t assume you have any prior knowledge of Linux at all—just a willingness to learn and the ability to click a mouse and type on a keyboard.

But this book also doesn’t ignore people who already use Linux on their desktop. Though you won’t learn any dirty details about compiling your kernel or setting up WEP encryption with your wireless card, you’ll find out a lot more about the KDE desktop environment and programs like KMail, Konqueror, OpenOffice.org, and GnuCash. This book can turn existing Linux users into more effective Linux users.


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