- Paperback: 656 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 6 edition (11 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430236264
- ISBN-13: 978-1430236269
- Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: Natty Narwhal Edition (Expert's Voice in Linux) Paperback – 11 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Emilio Raggi lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and works in one of the biggest companies in the country. He was very much a Windows fanboy, until one day, he had to manage a Ubuntu desktop deployment. He was highly qualified as a Microsoft implementer, holding certificates as an MCP and MCSE, and worked as a consultant for a Microsoft partner. Still, Ubuntu had its charms and won him over. He is also an avid student of philosophy.
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So why would I then do a review, and a critical review at that?
Because the subject of this edition is a particular release of Ubuntu Linux - 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" that goes obsolete in October 2012.
No more updates after October. That's only a few months use, at best.
Worse, this particular 'Natty' release was both problematic and controversial - check out Wikipedia, or Omgubuntu or Distrowatch.
I would not recommend its use unless you know exactly what you are risking. Its instability was greatly reduced in the next release, 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot". This is a slightly better bet, although still not up to Ubuntu's usually high standards of stability on our hardware particularly when doing a suspend/restore. But...
Oneiric's update support still expires in April next year.
More, Natty Narwhal introduced the new and very controversial 'Unity' desktop interface in an unfinished form - see Wikipedia etc. This 'Unity' is still a work in progress now (a year later).
We are currently expecting the release of Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" in April which is a Long Term Support (LTS) release that does not lose its update support until April 2017. Now that's potentially more useful, isn't it? It also includes the current version of 'Unity', probably version 5.8 which is already out.
5.8? ...for something released on the desktop a year ago, Unity has been through a *lot* of changes, which sadly makes a book based on the earlier, obsolete Natty Narwhal version likely to confuse the very people who'll need this book most.
Things in this book that say 'click here to do this' may well be wrong, and should (maybe) say 'press this key to do this' on later versions with longer update support. The later versions also have added functionality missing from Natty. There will undoubtedly be some good background information that will be in common with both versions, hence two stars but this sort of general info can most easily be found online.
Finally, if you go ahead and decide to try Ubuntu as a first time Linux user, may I suggest you also try Xubuntu? It has a more conventional desktop that most people (including Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux) find easier and more intuitive to use.
Linux is a grand ecology full of wonderful free software, and Ubuntu has been a star in this field for years, but everyone makes mistakes, and Natty Narwhal is not Ubuntu at its best - better to avoid it, which rather makes this edition less than useful.
Not recommended in this edition - if Ubuntu is your goal watch for something that covers Ubuntu 12.04 Oneiric Ocelot, which promises more, or perhaps Xubuntu 12.04 - they are all free to download and try as a live CD.
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