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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional [Kindle Edition]

Keir Thomas , Jaime Sicam
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Beginning Ubuntu Linux, the award–winning and best–selling Ubuntu book for beginners, is now in its third edition, presenting readers with an up–to–the–minute introduction to the world of Linux and the open source community. A detailed overview of Ubuntu's installation and configuration process encourages you to take the plunge and switch to Linux, and from there you'll learn how to wield total control over your newly installed operating system. Guided through the most commonly desired tasks such as printer configuration, listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, performing office and Internet–related tasks, as well as general system maintenance matters, authors Keir Thomas and Jaime Sicam will soon have you using and enjoying Ubuntu Linux and never looking back.

You'll also find a series of comprehensive tutorials on Linux internals and the command–line prompt—essential for any Linux user—along with special sections on optimization, security, and system maintenance that will broaden your knowledge to professional level.

The complete Ubuntu Linux distribution is included free on the DVD inside the book. Simply insert the DVD and follow the instructions in the book to install Ubuntu Linux!

  • The ultimate guide to Ubuntu, the hottest Linux distribution on the planet
  • Avoids introductions to esoteric Linux topics that are commonly found in other books and focuses on everyday tasks for everyday users: printer and file sharing configuration, office document management, listening to MP3s, watching movies, and much more
  • Includes a DVD containing not only the complete Ubuntu version, but also versions of Ubuntu's sister projects, including Edubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu

What you’ll learn

  • Use Ubuntu as a daily desktop replacement.
  • Complete all manner of office tasks, such as creating Microsoft Office–compatible documents and spreadsheets, using e–mail, and managing contacts.
  • Listen to MP3s and CDs, and watch movies using user–friendly Linux desktop applications.
  • Configure Ubuntu's printer– and file–sharing features to share resources seamlessly with other computers on your network.
  • Become a proficient user of the Linux command line.

Who is this book for?

Beginning Linux users seeking to explore the popular Ubuntu distribution

About the Apress Beginning Series

The Beginning series from Apress is the right choice to get the information you need to land that crucial entry–level job. These books will teach you a standard and important technology from the ground up because they are explicitly designed to take you from "novice to professional." You'll start your journey by seeing what you need to know—but without needless theory and filler. You'll build your skill set by learning how to put together real–world projects step by step. So whether your goal is your next career challenge or a new learning opportunity, the Beginning series from Apress will take you there—it is your trusted guide through unfamiliar territory!

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About the Author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has written several best-selling beginning-level Linux titles for Apress. A former computer magazine editor, he has been writing about computers, operating systems, and software for a decade. He has also edited many computing titles. Keir currently works as a full-time author and has written four books for Apress. He lives on the side of a mountain in England, and his hobbies include hiking and playing musical instruments.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13072 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Apress - A; 3 edition (24 Jun. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AO0H0S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,069,060 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for novices 10 Nov. 2009
By Matt
This does exactly what it says on the cover. It assumes you are new to Ubuntu and Linux and gives you a foolproof step by step guide through the processes of;
The History of Linux/Ubuntu
Open Source software Philosophy
Installation and troubleshooting hardware and peripherals
Adding, configuring and using software with suggestions for MS Windows® alternatives
Using the default installed software
Using the command line (BASH)

As a new Ubuntu user I already have a very clear understanding of the importance of the 'open source' philosophy but I found that devoting three whole chapters to this and the history of Linux to be excessive. Particularly so as anyone interested in such information could readily locate such details online by using their favourite search engine.

The assumption that the user is a novice is sometimes taken too far with detailed explanations of installation steps that must be self evident to anyone who has previously used a pc. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing for the true novice, yet in this lies the underlying contradiction within the book. It frequently alludes to prior experience with another operating system, which would make the user more than capable of understanding the well crafted and intuitive graphic user installation interface.
The section for troubleshooting your installation is detailed and to the point and undoubtedly useful for those who experience such problems, but the premise is based on Ubuntu 8.04, a distribution that is at this time eighteen months old and does not take into account the many software packages that have been updated and improved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good basic book, but a bit out of date now. 8 Sept. 2009
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I bought this because I wanted to see how little I knew about Ubuntu, now that I'd made the decision to move to it as my mainstream OS. I found it worthwhile, especially the bit about what the directories mean. The disk included is way out of date now (we're about to see version 9.10 released,and this is still on 6), and so of course are some of the descriptions of how to do stuff. It is much easier now to avoid the command line than when this was written!

I would say this is a good start, but the reader needs to be aware that a lot has changed and improved. Go on to other more up-to-date books, like the Ubuntu Pocket Guide, or the newly-released Handbook for version 9.04.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 4 Oct. 2009
This book is great! I've never used Ubuntu ever (or any other Linux OS) and by using this book I found Ubuntu easy to get to grips with. It teaches you all the basic information you need without getting too over your head. It teaches you basic commands for using the Shell, (if your an experienced Windows user its like using DOS just 1000 times better!) and teaches you have to update, install new software and play music and videos!

If your only plan is to use Ubuntu for Word processing, power points, movies ect you can access all of this without typing commands, commands are aimed for powerusers.

By the end of the book you will feel just as comfortable using Ubuntu as you would Windows, and most likely will choose never to use Windows again!

Just be aware that the Ubuntu CD it comes with is 8.04 and now we are on 9.04 so there are minor changes, and if you download Ubuntu make sure you burn the file to CD as an ISO file don't just copy it as a data file as you wont be able to boot from the CD!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book does whiat it says 18 July 2009
This book aims at providing a good grounding in the installation,configuration and use of Ubuntu as a desktop operating system. It succeeds, rather like Ubuntu without fuss but with a certain offbeat style.
Part One of the book may be safely be ignored by anybody who has played with Linux,otherwise it is mandatory. The rest of the book deserves to be read at least once before installing the operating system. It is then a good reference book.
I found the sections on applications to be informative without being condescending.
There are woolly aspects as regards to codecs (probably due to legal issues).
The whole tone of the book is that when you start to read a section, you feel that you know that you know that already, and by the time you finish, you feel that you know more.
Ubuntu has so many differing variants that it would be unfair to judge this book by it's scanty treatment of them.It is, after all entitled Beginning Ubuntu Linux. I do however feel that more attention should have been given to the server edition.I may be unfair in this, as physically, it weighs more then my netbook.
As I said in the title, This book does what it says.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu Bible? 2 July 2009
Wow! What a fantastic book. Usually, computer books are either written by Idiots (sorry, should that be for Idiots as in, "The Idiot's Guide to Whatever") or alternatively they waffle on in 'techno-babble' and lose me by page 25. This book is different. It takes each stage of getting Ubuntu Linux up and running and using all the various programs - one chapter per stage.

It is very easy to read and straightforward to understand yet powerful in the techniques it teaches. I have read a lot of computer books over the years and without doubt ... this is quite simply the best of the bunch.

If you have mastered the basics of using a computer then you can easily learn Ubuntu Linux with this book (and then show off to your friends!).
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