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Beginning Ubuntu Linux - From Novice to Professional - Includes CD Contains Full Version of Ubuntu [Paperback]

K Thomas , Jason Gilmore
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15 Mar 2006
The book is interspersed with images and screen shots making it easier to visualize the steps being explained. All in all a good book which is both informative and entertaining at the same time. Ravi Kumar, Slashdot contributor Winner of the Linux Journal Editors Choice 2006 Award for best End-User/Nontechnical Book! Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional is the best-selling guide to the hottest new Linux distribution. Within its 600 in-depth pages, youll learn how to become a pro-level Linux user. The book starts by introducing you to the world of Linux. Then it outlines Ubuntu installation in illustrated steps, after which youll learn how to configure every piece of everyday tech hardware such as your Internet connection, printers, 3D graphics cards, Bluetooth devices, and much more. Then youll learn fun tasks such as listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, performing office tasks, and even image editing. Additionally, theres a series of comprehensive tutorials on Linux internals and the command-line promptessential for any Linux expertand the book includes special sections on optimization, security, and system maintenance.

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  • Paperback: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (15 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596272
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 17.1 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 967,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Keir Thomas has been writing about computers for a decade and his work has appeared in many leading computer magazines and websites around the world. He started out as a lab rat, testing and writing about cutting-edge equipment, before moving on to edit several highly successful computer magazines. These include PC Utilities, PC Tools, and Linux User & Developer. Thomas is currently a Technical Group Editor at Live Publishing Ltd, and editor of PC Extreme magazine. In his spare time he plays the tin whistle and goes hiking on the local mountains near his home, although he rarely does both at the same time.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the BOOK to learn and use Ubuntu 24 Mar 2006
I bought this book and I can tell that this is THE book I was waiting for.
It's well written and helpful, without being boring or too simple.
Like the title says, it starts from the first steps in the Linux' world to help you being productive from the beginning and then leads you to more complex paths gradually.
It explains the meaning of open source without lecturing and without pretending that Linux is the only OS worth knowing.
It's good.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection... 12 Jun 2006
Some of you may know, its difficult to tell which linux distro is the one for you.. Its all trial and error. All I have to say is, like millions of others, this Linux operating system is the one to go for..

The book goes through everything you need to know about the OS without over using technical dribble. Its set out in a way that even people whom have never used another OS before will simply enjoy getting into the swing of things with Ubuntu.

True to its word, the Ubuntu community is one of a million - kinda reminds me of the still much alive Amiga community.. Those these are not users, the Ubuntu community are Ubuntu People!

I look forward to continuing my quest through the book, and of course jumping back and fourth as required.

A fabulous book by Keir Thomas, wonderfully worded and doesnt patronize the newbie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Correcting the "Mr A Gough" review 18 July 2006
I'm the author of Beginning Ubuntu Linux and would like to correct Mr A Gough's review below, which is technically incorrect and misleading. have advised me to create my own review to address these issues.

He suggests that the book is incorrect in places. This is untrue. The book was technically reviewed by John Hornbeck, one of the original members of the Ubuntu documentation team. It was also heavily researched and tested by the book's editor and myself. Mr Gough claims I don't explain how to compile RealPlayer from source. This is impossible because RealPlayer is proprietary software. To address his last concern, the book includes the full version of Ubuntu that you can install and, on page 539, I explain how to upgrade (for free) to any future releases.

If Mr Gough would like to contact me via Apress I will be happy to address his concerns and help him better understand Ubuntu.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swapping over to Ubuntu Linux 18 May 2007
Despite several attempts in past years to get on the Linux Bus. I had failed.

The book follows a logical order, and gave me the information that I could not seem to understand from other Unix books and Linux magazine articles.

If you want to give Ubuntu a try, this book holds your hand all the way.

At last a foothold to make the jump. I have a machine up and running and will not be switching it off. I also have the knowledge to keep it running and understand enough to help myself.

The best computer book I have bought, clear, easy and useful as a reference.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book in right context 23 Mar 2007
I am a new user to the ubuntu community, when I bought this book I was looking for a book that went into the structure of the operating systems etc. This book is very good if you need a book that shows you how to do things with the ubuntu OS, install drivers, Office etc. So if you need help with installing bits and pieces using ubuntu, this is a great book. If you are looking for something more technical I would suggest trying a different book.

Overall a good book with some very useful tips for both a novice and professional.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the book first then install Ubuntu! 14 Jan 2008
This book is great; it really helps with understanding Ubuntu. I wish I would have read it first before I installed Ubuntu as it really helps with advice on partition size etc.

Using this book and the Ubuntu forums will really help you to overcome any problems you may have.

I must say I am really enjoying Ubuntu; it is really great to delve into a system and get your head under the bonnet! It reminds me of the good old days of DOS and Windows 3.1 except this is alot more powerful.

My only slight criticism is that some of that chapters cover things that most of us find inituitive such as word processing packages. However I appreciate there is a need for these as they are a part of the Ubuntu OS. However for me there is more than enough in there that details other elements such as Bash, Gnome, security, etc.

Ubuntu is free; why not support it by buying a book?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From novice to not-quite-professional... 25 July 2007
This is a great book for home users of Windows who are thinking about and have already made the jump over to Ubuntu: the book works well both as an overview of Ubuntu for those with no experience of it, and as a manual for those sat in front of a machine wanting to know how to play with it.

About dial-up modems, Kier Thomas does touch upon why WinModems don't work and also says that you can pick up an external modem for not-a-lot. So yes, you need to put your hand in your pocket to get a dial-up Internet connection or fax going. However, since updates and additional software are all available from Ubuntu's online repositories then I wouldn't recommend running a Ubuntu machine without broadband.

All in all a good, user-friendly book which is easy to follow. Personally I was hoping for a bit more in-depth instruction on using the command line, hence the 4/5.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Little used, now out dated
I don't wish to talk badly of the author, but from an IT perspective, this book is now ancient history.
Ubuntu is 10 major revisions further developed. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Ubuntu Linux
I have been "invited" to comment on the book which, from the front cover, claims "from novice to professional","the complete guide"and"includes everything you need"
This is... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2009 by spats
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelos Ubunto
This book did exactly what it said it would do. I knew nothing about Ubunto before I bought this book. It taught me all i neded to know to get started in Linux Ubunto. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2009 by Betty
4.0 out of 5 stars Good!
This was a very inexpensive way of getting a good thick comprehensive book and DVD at a very reasonable price. Read more
Published on 20 April 2009 by Mr. Colin Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Ubuntu Linux - Kier Thomas
Having heard a lot about Linux open source software, I did a bit of investigating and discovered Ubuntu (Linux for human beings)! Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2007 by Mr. S. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for home user usage but........
If you wish to deploy this on a network to use as a file server, DNS server, mail server etc there is very little documentation for you to do this. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2006 by Jma Pinero-rey
2.0 out of 5 stars wooly
If you are a Ubuntu novice this book is NOT for you. It rambles on incoherently, woolly almost.

If you buy this book for a bit of hand holding then be aware some of the... Read more
Published on 15 July 2006 by Mr. A. Gough
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