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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book to get you started, 22 Jun. 2011
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This review is from: The Ubuntu Beginner's Guide - Seventh Edition (Kindle Edition)
The book is quite short and easy to read but gets right into the important stuff like using the command line, setting up users and permissions, installing software, editing config files and setting up various types of servers. By the time I started reading this book I'd already spent a couple of months dabbling with Ubuntu's GUI desktop and got a web server up and running in order to teach myself PHP/MySql. However, going back and learning what the commands I'd been typing actually meant (as opposed to just copying them from websites and youtube vids) and how the operating system I was using actually worked was really valuable. There are lots of books out there for those wanting to get started with linux but many are either too complicated from the outset or drip feed you information so slowly they get very boring very quickly. This little guide, however, is very well balanced taking you straight to the important topics and covering them in just enough detail to get you up and running. If you're looking for very detailed guides and in-depth configuration information then look elsewhere, likewise if you're a complete computer novice this probably isn't the book for you but if you know a fair amount about computers (probably from a windows background) and you want to get up and running with Ubuntu in no time then this is definitely a great little book to get you started. Oh and you can't argue with the price!
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