By Keir Thomas

Starting Fedora: From beginner to specialist publications you thru the projects so much new Linux clients wish to practice, whereas explaining in all likelihood complicated suggestions alongside the way in which. it's going to steer you thru process customization possibilities and customary projects like hearing audio CDs and MP3s, staring at videos, and appearing place of work- and Internet-related jobs. a wide a part of the booklet is devoted to complicated command-line options essential to keep your approach and develop into a real Linux grasp!

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If you still cannot free up enough disk space, consider uninstalling unused software via the Add/Remove Programs applet within Control Panel. If you have any large games installed, consider removing them first, because they usually take up substantial amounts of hard disk space. You might also consider deleting movie and MP3 music files, which are renowned for eating up hard disk space. The average MP3 is around 4 MB, for example, and one minute of video at 240 ✕ 180 resolution typically takes up 10 MB of disk space!

Many of the fundamental concepts of Linux, such as the file system hierarchy and user permissions, are taken directly from UNIX. Torvalds liked UNIX because of its power, and he liked MINIX because it ran on his computer. MINIX was created by Andrew Tanenbaum, a professor of computing, to demonstrate the principles of operating system design to his students. qxd 12 7/6/07 12:19 AM Page 12 CHAPTER 2 ■ A HISTORY AND POLITICS LESSON could also view the source code of the program—the original listings that Tanenbaum had entered to create the software.

Note One of the best ways to learn about Linux is under the auspices of a knowledgeable friend. It’s very beneficial to have your own guru to help you along when you get stuck—someone who is just an e-mail message or phone call away. If you have a friend who uses Linux, consider taking him or her out for a drink and getting friendlier! But being part of a community is not just about getting free technical support. It’s about sharing knowledge. Linux is as much about a political ideal as it is about software.

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