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Ubuntu Made Easy: A Project-Based Introduction to Linux [Kindle Edition]

Rickford Grant , Phil Bull
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Ubuntu brings Linux to the masses, but it can still be intimidating for newbies, neophytes, and geeks-in-training. With Ubuntu Made Easy by your side you'll be ready to face any challenge, and you'll discover just how fun Linux can be.

Packed with tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu Made Easy will get you up and running with the world's most popular free operating system. Authors Rickford Grant and Phil Bull walk you through common tasks like installing and playing games, accessing your favorite social networks, troubleshooting hardware and software problems, interacting with your Windows installation, and more.

With the help of the book's straightforward explanations and step-by-step projects, you'll also learn how to:

  • Set up printers, scanners, USB flash drives, and other hardware
  • Install and play free games like Frets on Fire and Frozen Bubble as well as commercial hits like Braid and World of Goo
  • Watch DVDs, listen to music, and sync your mobile devices
  • Edit and share digital photos and videos
  • Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Work with the command line (or avoid it altogether!)

If you're looking for a pain-free way to learn Linux, Ubuntu Made Easy is just what you need to get started. Covers Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin. Includes LiveCD.

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About the Author

Rickford Grant is the author of Ubuntu for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been an operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is the international student advisor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Phil Bull is an author of the official Ubuntu documentation and a member of the GNOME documentation project. He has been helping people with computers since his early teens and has been an open source contributor since 2005. Phil currently spends his time studying astrophysics in sunny Oxford, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11592 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #617,506 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 An Excellent Introduction to Linux 13 Jan. 2013
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I bought this book as a present for my 70+ year-old father. Like many people, he is looking to move on from Windows XP in anticipation of Microsoft stopping security patches early in 2014. With the help of this excellent book he has now set-up a Linux computer that can use all his digital photography equipment - a variety of scanners, printers, colour calibrators and digital cameras (almost none of which would be supported by current Windows versions). The book is very well written - the structure, choice of topics and assumed knowledge are appropriate to a typical computer user, not an "enthusiast". Where appropriate, more advanced topics are mentioned and sources of additional specialist information are suggested. The book also assumes that a particular type of Linux - Ubuntu 12.04 - is being used (the installation CD is provided). This choice is completely appropriate for the target audience (and is also widely used by advanced users). Choosing a specific version of Linux allows the book to be written in a much clearer and more concise manner than those which attempt to cover Linux in general. Of course there is nothing to stop the reader going on to try other types of Linux if they want to experiment - the experience gained from this book would still be invaluable. In short, "Ubuntu Made Easy" is a very good place to start a "Linux Experiment" - Strongly Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need 17 July 2013
By artuk
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I decided to get familiar with Linux a few months ago, no problem downloading and installing Ubuntu, but despite all the online help that's available I got frustrated trying to resolve numerous 'irritations', and realised a logical procedure was required. So many books out there but am VERY, VERY glad I bought this one.
By chapter 4 I began to feel like an expert as most of my 'problems' and questions had been answered and I could then start enjoying Linux, as this book gives you a logical path to follow from installation onwards.
Installing from the supplied cd was much simpler than using the downloaded version, so if you want to become a proficient LInux user, buy this book, can't be too highly recommended by me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu Made Easy by Rickford Grant 2 Jun. 2013
By Norm
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I've been threatening to ditch Windoze for years (I swore that I would never upgrade again when I was using Win 98, but I did upgrade to WinXP) and jump to Linux. I ordered a new PC with Ubuntu pre-installed and ordered this book while I was waiting for the PC. When the PC arrived, this book has certainly reduced my learning curve in getting to know the new operating system. Linux systems get upgraded more frequently than Windoze, so I was expecting some differences between this book and the version of Ubuntu on my PC, but the book came so close to what I have on my PC that it has been a considerable help.
I would highly recommend this book to any new convert (like me).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extensive Guided Intro 8 Aug. 2012
By Federico Lucifredi - Published on
Step-by-step instructions for most things a new user could ever want to try, from installation and live-cd testing to customizing the terminal, including chapters dedicated to most desktop common applications: graphics drawing, Internet connectivity, printer setup, file and disk management, music and DVD playback, gaming, and much more.

Richly illustrated, the book can be meaningfully read away from the keyboard and is completely up to date, reflecting the status of Ubuntu 12.04 'Precise' and covering the recent desktop environment changes in detail. The introduction to Unity and the HUD is thorough and flows better than your typical technical manual, while at the same time including more advanced topics such as the installation of custom lenses.

Almost unique in the current scene for technical books dominated by print-on-demand, No Starch actually prints its books on spectacularly nice paper, with lie-flat bindings - if you like books as much as I do, you will find this book a pleasure to hold while reading.

A minor negative is the presence of what effectively amounts to three tables of contents, in short, long, and summary of contents form... a bit much, but just as easily skipped over.

A fast-paced, topic-centric and stress free introduction to Ubuntu for Linux newcomers, this is definitely the Ubuntu book you should be getting your parents - its clarity and comprehensiveness make it a remarkable introduction to the subject, this is a delightful book for the budding penguinista.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Project Oriented Approach To Current Ubuntu 9 Aug. 2012
By Ira Laefsky - Published on
The authors have considerable experience (and it shows) with documenting Linux and in particular, the Ubuntu Distribution. Rickford Grant is the author of two other fine volumes documenting Ubuntu and Linux, and Phil Bull is an author and member of the official documentation team both for Ubuntu and the Gnome GUI project. This exciting handbook takes a unique project oriented approach leading a novice either with the Linux Operating System or with the Ubuntu Distribution through the most necessary activities of installation, updating, accommodating various hardware (e.g., printers and specific keyboards and mice, finding and installing games, and even (although this is a small section and definitely not the primary focus of this book) use of the Linux command line utilities. This project oriented approach with step-by-step instructions encourages beginners to duplicate the projects and thereby acquire necessary knowledge. Overall the project approach is exciting and unique; there is a slight drawback for experienced users of Linux in locating the the easiest approach to common tasks such as launching a terminal window in the Unity GUI. Incidentally, the Unity user interface which characterizes the release of Ubuntu described in this excellent book emphasizes a launcher-based approach with large icons oriented around netbooks and tablets and is extremely attractive but is less oriented to command-line activities and this is reflected in the emphasis of this project-oriented handbook.

An excellent introduction to the extremely popular Ubuntu distribution with perfect pedagogy for the Linux novice. I recommend it highly for its intended audience.

--Ira Laefsky, MS Engineering/MBA Information Systems Consultant and HCI Researcher
formerly on the Senior Consulting Staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. and Digital Equipment Corporation
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Even an old hacker can learn a few new tricks 4 Sept. 2012
By Beryl Steigel - Published on
Ask a typical computer user about Linux and you'll likely be met with a blank stare; a minority will have heard of it and might even be aware that it's a free alternative to Windows or Mac OS X, but will probably think it's hard to install and hard to use - both stereotypes that may have been true a decade or more ago, when Linux desktop distributions required frequent access to Unix-style instructions at a command prompt.

Linux on the desktop has changed dramatically since then, with a number of distributions becoming easy to install on the majority of PCs and in many ways as easy to use as Windows or OS X. Like those more familiar operating systems, though, it has its quirks - new users (and even long-time users) can benefit from some explanation.

Rickford Grant's 'Ubuntu Made Easy' (No Starch Press, 2012) does a good job of providing that explanation for users of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. After introducing 'the world of Linux', Grant walks users through installation, getting to know the desktop, working with the Internet, installing programs, files and disc handling, the command line, customization, and more.

Later chapters focus on working with multimedia, graphics, video and DVD, gaming and home and business uses of Ubuntu. Recognizing that a Ubuntu computer is not a world unto itself, there are chapters on 'Working in a Windows World' and on security. Finally, Grant discusses how connecting with the broader Ubuntu community can be helpful and looks at fixing common problems.

Each chapter is very readable and offers readers a good balance between providing information but not going overboard with details.

I've been using Ubuntu Linux since 2007 and maintain four public-access computers running the current version 12.04; nevertheless, I found the book helped me become more familiar with using filters and lenses in the Dash to more easily find installed software.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy and just thorough enough 20 Sept. 2012
By Stratiotes Doxha Theon - Published on
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Being a long-time Linux user without only a minimum of technical knowledge of Unix operating systems in general, I find myself an evangelist without the answers of tough questions I often get from converts. I worked for years using Unix computers but never had the time or inclination to tweak and dig for details that many others do when they are bitten by the Linux/Unix bug. So being comfortable with a working Linux system is much different than knowing what to do when something is not working. This is a very well-organized work that is thorough enough to answer most of those questions in a way that will satisfy the longtime user or newbie. I have kept it handy by my computer desk and used it to experiment and tweak without fear of not being able to undo something if I make a mistake. It provides the confidence needed to make your Ubuntu system your own. Very highly recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to Linux 28 Feb. 2013
By Kurt G. Schumacher - Published on
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I've been a DOS user since the first IBM PC came out, and a Windows user since version 3.1. I've used Linux on our business servers, but mainly through the cPanel admin interface, which hides most of the ugly details of the operating system. I've installed a couple of Linux distributions on Windows system under Virtual Box, but only enough to see what they look like. So I'm still pretty much a novice at navigating Linux.

Ubuntu Made Easy really does make Linux easy. It assumes that you have little or no Linux experience, and that you are probably a Windows user. Those are pretty good assumptions for most people. From there, the book walks you through installing, configuring and using Ubuntu. By the time you're done with the book you should be as familiar with Ubuntu as you are with Windows. (There are a lot of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu variations like Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Mint. Most of what's in this book applies just as well to those distributions. The main differences are in the user interface, primarily in where things are on the screen.)

The book starts out with installing Ubuntu: running directly from the CD, installing on a separate partition alongside Windows, or installing as the only operating system. Once you've got Ubuntu installed, the rest of the book guides you through the operating system in a logical sequence: learning the desktop; connecting to the Internet; email and browsing the web with Firefox; downloading and installing additional software; the Linux file system; the Linux terminal (like the DOS box in Windows) and commands; customizing the look and feel of the system; printers and scanners; international language settings; business applications; graphics editing; music; connecting iPods and other digital media devices; video and DVD playback; gaming; household applications; connecting to Windows systems; security; connecting to the Ubuntu community; and what to do when something doesn't work.

All if this is explained very clearly and simply, with lots of examples and illustrations.

One thing I found puzzling is that in the chapter on installing Ubuntu, there was no discussion of installing the operating system under Virtual Box. This is really one of the easiest and safest ways to try out a Linux distribution without partitioning your hard drive. Strangely, in chapter 19 on connecting to Windows systems, the author does discuss using Virtual Box to install Windows under Ubuntu!

If you are interested in experimenting with Ubuntu, get this book first. And really, look at Virtual Box (just google it). You can get an Ubuntu install CD or download it from their site (it's a big file, so it will take a while), and have Ubuntu running on your desktop pretty quickly. There's lots of online help if you run into problems, and if you decide you're not interested in running a Linux system... just delete the virtual machine and uninstall Virtual Box, and nothing else has changed on your system.
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