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The Official Ubuntu Book
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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 October 2006
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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on 19 July 2008
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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on 15 August 2012
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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on 8 May 2014
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.

samfam3.

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on 18 October 2012
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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