New to Linux - a book review

I am not sure if this fits in ANY of the forums here - I'm not asking for advice, and this is not specific to Zorin. It's just that I left Windows for Zorin, and some of it has been super smooth, some of it has been a bit confusing (and maybe more related to modern operating systems than specifically Zorin/Linux). I bought two recent books to help me and just reviewed the first one, Linux in Easy Steps at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4352109467
It may be that the review goes off the rails into areas that are more about people adjusting to a new OS or Linux, but perhaps it gives useful info on a beginner's mind? Or maybe not. And there may be no forum here for it, in which case feel free to delete this post!

I still have Zorin issues but I accepted many are related to annoyances with Gnome, so I'm looking forward to Zorin 16 Pro xfce, which I think will work better for me.

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You are on the same boat as many of us.

At least I know that your new printer is working perectly under GNOME :wink:

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Do you advice test Zorin 15.3 ultimate xfce? If will working great, then Zorin 16 Pro xfce could be a Perfect. Waiting for Santa Claus from ZorinGroup?

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I've installed so many OSs this year I'll just wait for Zorin 16 Pro xfce. I'm sure I'll like it even more than the Gnome version. It will be more of a surprise fi I haven't used xfce before. :slight_smile:

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I waiting for xfce. Maybe my graphic card will be better working and no black screen when Zorin working.

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I've just started Linux for Dummies (Richard Blum, 2021). It seems like exactly what I wanted. It is funny and easy to read, yet seems comprehensive - it covers all six options for running Linux on a PC. It has whole sections on desktop environments and covers xfce, Gnome, KDE Plasma, Mate, Cinnamon etc. I immediately feel like this will explain a lot more than the book I reviewed above. So far: highly recommend Linux for Dummies to new Linux users!

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Hum...
Lemme guess.

  1. Linux only installation
  2. Dualboot with other OS's
  3. Windows Subsystem for Linux
  4. Live session from CD/DVD or USB
  5. Obtaining a Linux pre-installed machine
  6. Running Linux in a virtual machine on other OS's

@Karl
Did I guess them right?

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https://freepdf-books.com/linux/
81 free ebooks. Checked that is true. I have some near 4GB linux PDF books.
I have Wiley Linux All-in-One for Dummies 4th (2011)

You are totally right, though they just grouped things slightly differently:

The book covered:

  • Linux only
  • Linux on a different hdd/ssd from another OS (dual boot option)
  • A single SSD/HDD partitioned and having two OSs on (dual boot option)
  • Windows, with Linux in a VM
  • Linux, with Windows in a VM
  • Live distro

Windows Subsystem for Linux: not included as an option (since it is too basic at present, they said) but it was covered as a future option.

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Thanks for the confirmation :slight_smile:
Actually I do have a 7th option.

Pluggable:

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Nice! My system of 3 USB sticks, each with a different OS that can be installed or run live for emergency situations reminds me of that, because each USB is a different colour! Green for Zorin Linux, Red for Emergency Linux, Blue for Win10 (urgh).

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My troops of Linux on USB:

which belongs to a USB brigade:

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That's a (gulp) lot!

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This is what will happen when you do not have a wife nagging for the computer related expenses. My husband is befitting from my passion for a technology. He never has to buy any peripherals. For him, it is a mater of walking into my office and just ask for it.

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I've never heard of this distro.
Would you mind share it with us?

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It's just this one:

It can access the Internet via a web browser; can restore the boot menu (in theory); and has gparted. I used it a few times in my first week! There may be better options though.

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Ah, OK.
I do have it. You can see it in my photo :slight_smile:
It is the second one from the bottom.

Boot Repair is indeed a Swiss Army Knife :switzerland: for any boor related issue on Linux.

Ok. The linux over years is changed very much. I heard some books many years back are not usefull, because a "organism linux" is very changed. That means what books we need reading? 1 year ago , 2 year ago? Someone can answear about that question. I mean on websides is very much linux books or library and online shops. I saw Debian have a book here