I needed an in depth course on SuSE 10 and thought this would be it. Unfortunately, the authors wrote as if they got paid by the page. They would regularly rehash what they had discussed in the last section as if the "last section" wasn't still visible half-way up the page and they would constantly give instructions about neophyte computer skills such as how to pull off a ctrl-D or put a CD into a drive (shinny side down, apparently). But, when more information was definitely called for, such as when they list a shell command with half a dozen options, they would suddenly become quite sketchy. I didn't expect a complete command list for Linux that described every option, but if you rattle off a command with a sizable chunk of the alphabet as options, then maybe a brief description of what you're suggesting someone do on their computer is in order. Another annoyance is the authors' insatiable desire to give everyone a few history lessons along the way. If I need to know the back-story of Linux, the various other Novell products, Linus Torvalds, the Internet, the ISO OSI model or the personal computer, I'll look it up online. I needed an in depth course on SuSE 10. Instead, I got a bloated introduction riddled with inane redundancy, tangential trivia and dubiously helpful instructions while completely lacking in any comprehensive detail. This book was at least four times as long as was needed for their level of instruction.
I would have given the book 1 star, but the DVD with SuSE 10 on it was great once I added a few applications and updates. After playing around with over 15 different distros, I've settled on SuSE. The current version is head and shoulders above anything else I've tried and a new version (OSS 10.1) is due out any time. If you need a great Linux OS, I highly recommend SuSE 10.x, but if you need to learn about it, I would suggest a different book.