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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04 (8th Edition)

Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04 (8th Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Helmke
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This eBook edition does not provide a DVD of Ubuntu or the upgrade kit. You can download the most current release of Ubuntu from

Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition
is filled with unique and advanced information for everyone who wants to make the most of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by a long-time Ubuntu community leader to reflect the exciting new Ubuntu 12.10 (“Quantal Quetzal”) and the forthcoming Ubuntu 13.04.

Former Ubuntu Forum administrator Matthew Helmke covers all you need to know about Ubuntu 12.10/13.04 installation, configuration, productivity, multimedia, development, system administration, server operations, networking, virtualization, security, DevOps, and more—including intermediate-to-advanced techniques you won’t find in any other book.

Helmke presents up-to-the-minute introductions to Ubuntu’s key productivity and Web development tools, programming languages, hardware support, and more. You’ll find new or improved coverage of navigation via Unity Dash, wireless networking, VPNs, software repositories, new NoSQL database options, virtualization and cloud services, new programming languages and development tools, monitoring, troubleshooting, and more.

  • Configure and customize the Unity desktop and make the most of the Dash
  • Get started with multimedia and productivity applications, including LibreOffice
  • Manage Linux services, users, and software packages
  • Administer and run Ubuntu from the command line (with added coverage of stdin, stdout, sdterr, redirection, and file comparison)
  • Automate tasks and use shell scripting
  • Provide secure remote access and configure a secure VPN
  • Manage kernels and modules
  • Administer file, print, email, proxy, LDAP, and HTTP servers (Apache or alternatives)
  • Learn about new options for managing large numbers of servers
  • Work with databases (both SQL and the newest NoSQL alternatives)
  • Get started with virtualization
  • Build a private cloud with Juju and Charms
  • Learn the basics about popular programming languages including Python, PHP, Perl, and new alternatives such as Go and Rust

About the Author

Matthew Helmke is an active member of the Ubuntu community. He served from 2006 to 2011 on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums ( ), and spent two years on the Ubuntu regional membership approval board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has written about Ubuntu for several magazines and websites, is a lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book, and coauthored The VMware Cookbook. He works as a senior technical writer for Pearson North America’s Assessment and Information division, documenting assessment software. Matthew first used Unix in 1987 while studying LISP on a Vax at the university. He has run a business using only free and open source software, has consulted, and has a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. You can find out more about Matthew at or drop him a line with errata or suggestions at .

Andrew Hudson is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about Linux. He has significant experience in Red Hat and Debian-based Linux distributions and deployments and can often be found sitting at his keyboard tweaking various settings and config files just for the hell of it. He lives in Wiltshire, which is a county of England, along with his wife, Bernice, and their son, John. Andrew does not like Emacs.

Paul Hudson is a recognized expert in open-source technologies. He is also a professional developer and full-time journalist for Future Publishing. His articles have appeared in MacFormat, PC Answers, PC Format, PC Plus, and Linux Format . Paul is passionate about free software in all its forms and uses a mix of Linux and BSD to power his desktops and servers. Paul likes Emacs.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 46754 KB
  • Print Length: 857 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 8 edition (5 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AU889VE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book was as described. 10 May 2014
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The book arrived promptly and was well packaged. Originally it contained a DVD with the Ubuntu program but that was not included. However it was NOT promised by the seller so no complaints on that score.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well written text book 22 Jan 2014
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I had been using Ubuntu rather than learning much about it for three years. I decided that I should get a proper understanding of the subject, and after much research and reading R.V. Cadea's review I bought this volume.

The book says that some knowledge of the subject is necessary to be able to understand it, this may be true, but the knowledge required isn't much. As an example the first chapters take you through the installation of the operating system from the supplied disc onto your machine.

I have read other books on Ubuntu, non has taught me so much so easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just right 8 Oct 2013
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you need to keep this on your desktop handy so you can refer to it when needed. Covers all commonly asked questions. Great for newbies to Linux
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an insight 10 Aug 2013
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Great for an insight in to the next gen of Ubuntu Server - a must read to get to grips.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book 31 Jan 2013
By R. V. Cadena - Published on
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It is easy to read,
If you have the 2012 Edition you can skip this one.

You will learn everything about Ubuntu and you will become a Linux power user.
The author assumes that you are comfortable with computers and know at least the basics of computing and networking.
If you are a novice then you will have to read this book slowly. (Even so you will learn)

You will learn:
GUI (Graphical User interface)
Terminal (Linux Commands)
Setting up Servers
Installing Software
Terminal Tricks
Troubleshooting Ubuntu.

It covers everything as promised.
Keep in mind that if you want to know about something else or about other commands in the commands (Arguments) the author shows you how to do this in the computer by calling the OS Documentation. Otherwise you will learn to use the most important and useful commands

I recommend this book :)
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Primer for those new or unfamiliar with Ubuntu/Debian 28 Mar 2013
By S. Guthrie - Published on
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Simply put, this is a solid primer for someone who is unfamiliar with Ubuntu or other Debian based distros, and perhaps for someone who has never used Linux. It is well written, comfortably sized in terms of content, and is fairly well organized. Probably not a book for the Linux expert, but for the rest of us, it is a nice addition to the technical library.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Linux Source 6 Sep 2013
By KP - Published on
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I have been using Ubuntu since 2007, now that I'm reading this book, I realize how little I knew about the system itself... Is not boring and the examples are documented nicely!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks like the definitive guide 6 Jun 2013
By James A. Fletcher - Published on
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The pressure is on! There's no way I could have gotten everything I need to from this book this fast, so I can't give it 5 stars. Yet.

I had checked a copy out of the public library a few months ago so I could make the best of my latest piece of home-made electronics, and it was enough to convince me I needed a copy to keep. Now I have one, and it's turning into a lot of fun (and lost sleep).

Bottom line, I know of no other basic guide to Ubunto that has more information in a pretty readable format.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book 27 Feb 2013
By AP - Published on
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The book is well written. As a novice I have learned a lot and would now consider myself an intermediate user with a good idea of what I need to learn, rather than no idea where to begin in the wider Linux world.

On the flip-side, the book can become arcane at times. I know what to expect from the IT genre, but another round of editing for superfluous tangents could have been good for the book.

Overall it's a great resource and I have recommended it to friends.
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