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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: Natty Narwhal Edition

Beginning Ubuntu Linux: Natty Narwhal Edition [Kindle Edition]

Keir Thomas , Sander van Vugt , Emilio Raggi

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This sixth edition of Beginning Ubuntu Linux introduces all of us—newbies, power users and system administrators—to the Natty Narwhal Ubuntu release.

Based on the bestselling fifth edition, this edition introduces the new Unity interface while not neglecting the finely-tuned administration techniques for new users present in previous editions. Whether you aim to use it in the home or in the office, you’ll be introduced to the complete world of Ubuntu Linux, from simple word processing to using cloud services.

You’ll learn how to control the Ubuntu system which you just installed as you are guided through common tasks, such as configuring the system's graphical user interface, listening to audio CDs and MP3s, producing documents, using VoIP and chat, and of course, general system maintenance. Emilio also introduces the improved software center and Ubuntu's multitouch capabilities. This book supplies a series of comprehensive tutorials on Ubuntu administration and security—essential for any Ubuntu user—while not neglecting matters pertaining to office applications and the Cloud.

What you’ll learn

  • Use Ubuntu as a daily desktop on your laptop or PC
  • Complete office tasks, such as creating Microsoft Office-compatible documents and spreadsheets, using e-mail, and managing contacts
  • Listen to MP3s, manage pictures and CDs, and watch movies using a user-friendly Linux desktop
  • Configure Ubuntu's printer- and file-sharing features to share resources seamlessly with other computers on your network
  • Configure and use Ubuntu's multitouch capabilities
  • Administer and secure your Ubuntu machine

Who this book is for

Everyone interested in or already using Ubuntu—no exceptions.

Table of Contents

  1. Meet Ubuntu Linux
  2. GNU "slash" Linux
  3. Pre-installation Steps
  4. Installing Ubuntu
  5. Solving Installation Problems
  6. Booting Ubuntu for the First Time
  7. Getting Everything Up and Running
  8. How to Secure Your Computer
  9. Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right
  10. Managing Your Data
  11. A World of Applications
  12. Working with Text Files
  13. Making the Move to
  14. Communicating with Others
  15. Social Networks and Cloud Computing
  16. Digital Audio Movies and Multimedia Digital Photos
  17. Playing Games
  18. Installing and Removing Software
  19. Understanding Linux Users and File Permissions
  20. Optimizing Your System
  21. Backing Up Data
  22. Scheduling Tasks
  23. Accessing Computers
  24. Remotely Taking Control of the System 
  25. Appendix 1: Introducing the BASH Shell
  26. Appendix 2: Glossary of Linux Terms
  27. Appendix 3: Getting Further Help
  28. Appendix 4: Exploring the Digital Download and Other Ubuntu Versions

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 12784 KB
  • Print Length: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 6 edition (17 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006CO7ZRY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, this is already obsolete 3 April 2012
By Big Ben - Published on
Confession: I have not read this book and may never do so, despite its being a respected imprint.
So why would I then do a review, and a critical review at that?
Because the subject of this edition is a particular release of Ubuntu Linux - 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" that goes obsolete in October 2012.
No more updates after October. That's only a few months use, at best.
Worse, this particular 'Natty' release was both problematic and controversial - check out Wikipedia, or Omgubuntu or Distrowatch.
I would not recommend its use unless you know exactly what you are risking. Its instability was greatly reduced in the next release, 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot". This is a slightly better bet, although still not up to Ubuntu's usually high standards of stability on our hardware particularly when doing a suspend/restore. But...
Oneiric's update support still expires in April next year.
More, Natty Narwhal introduced the new and very controversial 'Unity' desktop interface in an unfinished form - see Wikipedia etc. This 'Unity' is still a work in progress now (a year later).
We are currently expecting the release of Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" in April which is a Long Term Support (LTS) release that does not lose its update support until April 2017. Now that's potentially more useful, isn't it? It also includes the current version of 'Unity', probably version 5.8 which is already out.
5.8? ...for something released on the desktop a year ago, Unity has been through a *lot* of changes, which sadly makes a book based on the earlier, obsolete Natty Narwhal version likely to confuse the very people who'll need this book most.
Things in this book that say 'click here to do this' may well be wrong, and should (maybe) say 'press this key to do this' on later versions with longer update support. The later versions also have added functionality missing from Natty. There will undoubtedly be some good background information that will be in common with both versions, hence two stars but this sort of general info can most easily be found online.
Finally, if you go ahead and decide to try Ubuntu as a first time Linux user, may I suggest you also try Xubuntu? It has a more conventional desktop that most people (including Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux) find easier and more intuitive to use.
Linux is a grand ecology full of wonderful free software, and Ubuntu has been a star in this field for years, but everyone makes mistakes, and Natty Narwhal is not Ubuntu at its best - better to avoid it, which rather makes this edition less than useful.
Not recommended in this edition - if Ubuntu is your goal watch for something that covers Ubuntu 12.04 Oneiric Ocelot, which promises more, or perhaps Xubuntu 12.04 - they are all free to download and try as a live CD.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review 4-02-12 (obsolete) is wrong, natty narwhal is for the future 9 April 2012
By T. Reyes - Published on
I bought about 20 books over UBUNTU, I will buy this one too, because it is over Natty Narwhal. I built a desktop system and installed UBUNTU 11.04,automatically updated in Oct 2012 with the 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). The 12.04 version (LTS)is Natty Narwhal too. I love UBUNTU Natty narwhal !It's beautiful!.
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