There may be lot of missing items in this book.
I did not try to be comprehensive.
Then it becomes a Linux Bible.
I have avoided partitioning and hardware support deliberately.
Little is changed in partitioning skills except the partitioning type. My only warning is be careful when choosing the new partitioning types.
I tried to be bit narrative this time round instead of being analytical scientific. The analytical approach was necessary when the Linux was in early stage of development and the there was an activity hype.
Now it is on stable ground except where cutting edge changes are made to take the benefit of hardware and platform changes.
It is mature and robust now.
One has to make a choice depending on one’s needs.
I will summarize my subjective / objective selection for my use and the reader has to decide his own choices.
If you are using it as a hobby one need at least two computers (I had 10) or perhaps three one being a laptop/netbook.
One can be dedicated for testing.
Now I have gone down to only one computer, there will be less and less input from me in the immediate future even at web / Internet level.
If I do not put them in writing or digital form my time testing them would be a void. That is the very reason I am publishing this book for an entry level Linux user to browse before he//she start experimenting with Linux. Teething problems and pain is taken care of, for one who is without a proper Guru.
My choices are
1. General Use
Peppermint for Light Weight
Debian for all six desktops
5. Technical Use
Dynabolic for Music
ArtistiX for Graphics
Debian for Programming
6. Kids and Games
Steam OS with New 64 bit computer
If you analyze the above there glaring missing distribution.
That is Ubuntu.
The reason being I have never used it except for demonstration and Ubuntu was not in existence when I started Linux.
I cut my teeth in Linux with Redhat 7 and 8 and Fedora is a Redhat derivative. It is also not in the above list.
Hantana Linux is based on Fedora!
All the other distribution fall in between those above specifications. Any one can be used without a problem as long as there is no conflict with hardware compatibility.
If I am allowed only one choice I would go for Debian because it has vast repository.
I prefer light weight distributions since cloud computing is the way things are moving. I have minimal requirements and that is writing and for that also I find Abiword is just as robust as LibreOffice.
Its outstanding feature is its files are light weight and I can upload and download them quickly. There is another reason its format is dedicated to it so others, cannot steal or modify them from my cloud hosting base unless they have Abiword with them.
One thing that nobody can take away from you is if you master a skill using one utility or software that remains with you for a Life.
Skills I have learned having migrated from Microsoft to Linux is making my life easy and has expanded my horizon.
There is no limit to my exploration.
I feel free and not being subjected by exploitation.
That is a wonderful feeling.