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"The Official Ubuntu Book was well written and covered all topics that is necessary for a new Ubuntu user who is either trying out Ubuntu for the first time or just got fed up of Windows. It was a great read and there were enough pictures to fully understand what the authors were trying to portray."--Michael Levy, Blogger, Gnuman.com

 

“Benjamin Mako Hill et al have produced an excellent book that speaks to everyone who uses or is considering using Ubuntu. The book is traditionally organized, easy to read, and provides consistently useful content. The book is a winner and belongs on the bookshelf of the Ubuntu newbie and veteran alike. As an Ubuntu user, I found it interesting and helpful on several occasions and I'm sure as my use of Ubuntu lengthens, I'll have more occasions to consult this text.”-- James Pyles, Reviewer, The Linux Tutorial

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Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community support and ease of use while refusing to compromise on speed, power, and flexibility. It's Linux for human beings--designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. Ubuntu is the most in-demand Linux distribution, and this official guide will get you up and running quickly.
Learn how to seamlessly install and customize Ubuntu for your home or small business. Its open source power can be used in schools, government, or by companies, and is suitable for both desktop and server use. The Ubuntu community is built on the premise that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be available to people in their local language, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
Written by leading Ubuntu community members, this is the only book that you need to become a savvy Ubuntu user.
Covers the latest version of Ubuntu--Dapper Drake
Covers every standard desktop application--word processing spreadsheets, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, music video, and, of course, games, as well as software development, databases and other server applications
Includes real-world troubleshooting advice contributed by Ubuntu users from around the world
Learn about the extended Ubuntu community that includes translators; software developers, teachers; people who love to hand out CDs and help friends try free software, artists; people who write documentation, tips, and guides; accountants; even a lawyer or two
Covers both Ubuntu and Kubuntu desktop systems
Explains Ubuntu Server installation and basic administration, complete with advanced installer features like LVM and RAID
This book comes with a DVD that contains the Live CD, the install CD, and the complete set of supported packages for Ubuntu, including Kubuntu. Try out Ubuntu from the Live CD. If you want to keep it, install it from right on your desktop.
Community Contributors- James Stanger, Jorge O. Castro, Matthew East, Quim Gil, Dennis Kaarsemaker, David Bain, Alan Barnard, David Clayton, Manu Cornet, Scott Dier, Oskar Jönefors, Jay LaPrade, Avinash Meetoo, Julien Rottenberg, Stephen Sandlin, David Symons, Paul van Genderen, Andrew Zajac --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful By DAZ VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2006
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I have been using Ubuntu for about a year now and when I first started using it I craved for a good book to help me sort out the teething problems. There were none available at the time (as opposed to the huge amount now being published) so I resorted to the Ubuntu forums for help. This book is written by the people who contribute to those forums and answers a lot of the questions I had and many more besides. It also contains an excellent foreword by Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, which explains lots about the philosophy of Ubuntu and has some interesting history of the project.

However, I have discovered that I have actually become quite adept at using Ubuntu without realising it, so this book has been redered almost useless to me. Despite being able to use Ubuntu quite well, I was hoping to get some power user tips such as using the Beryl display manager and configuring the apache web server and using mysql or other database programs. Some of the tips alos refer you to the forums as 'there isn't enough room to cover this in the book', which can be frustrating.

I would recommend this as an essential 'users manual' for anybody who is new to Ubuntu, but would look elsewhere if you are reasonably experienced and looking for advanced techniques.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 July 2008
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Be warned: there is an awful lot of self-congratulation and sermon-giving in this book. Ubuntu has a community, it has a strong sense of ethics and there is a Code of Conduct. It's all very admirable, but most of us would be content to read that on a web-site.

What one wants from a book is ease-of-reference to common but tricky situations, where regular "help", "man" and online facilities may be a little difficult to follow.

The book is excellent at the very early stages of installation, though since Ubuntu is famous for its ease-of-installation this is not altogether necessary. There is a rather random chapter on typical problems but it didn't address a problem I had - I had downloaded and apparently installed a program from one of the repositories - easy enough - but it did not appear in any of the regular Ubuntu application menus and it was far from easy to work out where on the computer the package had landed and how to start it up.
My advice is: think carefully about your level of expertise before buying this book and consider which of the other available titles may suit you better.
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Having used Windows for two decades trying to get my head round Linux should have been simple, especially with colleagues saying how much more could be done with Linux.
It's all about understanding the commands though, and this book gives you a start to using Ubuntu, though given the fluid nature of development, quite a few of the directories where out of date.
You can find much of this information online, but with so much information out there, this is a good start
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I received the above mentioned book well within the estimated time , it is worth the money spent. I own a spare desktop
upon which I shall install the Ubuntu Software .
At the moment I am thinking of installing a good Office Suite, and am doing research whether to use Apache , or Libre Office, or any other Linux Office, comparable to Windows. I seek advice from anyone willing to help me.

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By mervin2 on 18 Oct. 2012
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Very informative book for people looking to change from the usuall windows OS. I would recommend.to anyone who is switching over to ubuntu.
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