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Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks: Tips, Tricks and Hacks [Paperback]

Keir Thomas
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3 Oct 2008

Ubuntu's rise to power has been rapid, historic and well-deserved. It's the best Linux distribution ever, but most people only use a fraction of its power. Award-winning Linux author Keir Thomas gets down and dirty with Ubuntu to provide over 300 concise tips that enhance productivity, avoid annoyances, and simply get the most from Ubuntu. You'll find many unique tips here that can't be found anywhere else. You'll also get a crash course in Ubuntu's flavor of system administration. Whether you're new to Linux or an old hand, you'll find tips to make your day easier.

Ubuntu builds on a solid base of Debian Linux to create an award-winning operating system that's light-years ahead of its competitors. Ubuntu consistently tops lists of the most popular Linuxes amongst professionals and enthusiasts; Dell recently embraced Ubuntu in its product lines after a user survey indicated overwhelming public support.

Ubuntu Kung Fu provides hints, hacks, tweaks and tricks for every level of user. Guaranteed to be free of the usual dross that fills tips books, Ubuntu Kung Fu is written to be entertaining and, above all, readable. Its 300+ concise tips utilize and exploit hidden or lesser-known features to boost day-to-day productivity. You'll also find tips on tweaking Ubuntu, wrangling the system into shape, optimizing, enhancing security, and lots more. Learn what extraordinary things can be done with Ubuntu.

Written with the migrating Windows or Mac OS X user in mind, Ubuntu Kung Fu avoids the usual Linux/Unix folklore that can send most of us to sleep. The tips have one aim--to produce results as quickly as possible, in an environment where the reader can polish their skills as they read. This is the Linux book for the rest of us.

Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (3 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356227
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keir Thomas is a Linux Journal award-winning author who has been writing about Linux, operating systems and computer hardware for over a decade. Formerly a computer magazine journalist and editor, working on titles such as Linux User and Developer, Linux Magazine and PC Utilities, his other book titles include Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition; Beginning Fedora Linux; and Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition. He works as a full-time author and lives on the side of a mountain in the United Kingdom. His hobbies include hiking, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 27 Feb 2009
By Marts
Clear and concise. Keir Thomas has a very engaging writing style that takes you through things step by step without coming across as the complete techy he clearly is.

The review above is misleading. Ignore it. "Ampers" (cool nickname btw) obviously hasn't read the book and probably hasn't even read the description properly as the book is 400 pages long not 40.
And well worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with tips ... well worth the price 21 Mar 2009
By Jules
Having normally just used the Internet to get tips for setting up Ubuntu Linux, I originally wondered about buying this book. Wow, it is packed with tips for topics you'd never consider looking for. My desktop environment is years ahead of where it was. The authors style of writing allows for quick dipping into to find the details for a particular tweak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Tips on the Later Editions 11 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Many books on Ubuntu, though good, concentrate on earlier editions of Ubuntu. This one majors on 8.04 and is still very relevant to 9.04.
You should buy this if you're comfortable with the OS on the whole and are looking to use it as the polished and robust Windows replacement that it is. (It also contains a fair bit of information for Mac users looking to liberate themselves.)
The book is well written without jargon but also without a detailed explanation of some of the tips. But that's OK as you can search the many excellent forums for detailed information when you want it.
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