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Beginning Ubuntu Linux - From Novice to Professional - Includes CD Contains Full Version of Ubuntu Paperback – 15 Mar 2006

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About the Author

Keir Thomas has been writing about computers for a decade and his work has appeared in many leading computer magazines and websites around the world. He started out as a lab rat, testing and writing about cutting-edge equipment, before moving on to edit several highly successful computer magazines. These include PC Utilities, PC Tools, and Linux User & Developer. Thomas is currently a Technical Group Editor at Live Publishing Ltd, and editor of PC Extreme magazine. In his spare time he plays the tin whistle and goes hiking on the local mountains near his home, although he rarely does both at the same time.


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I'm the author of Beginning Ubuntu Linux and would like to correct Mr A Gough's review below, which is technically incorrect and misleading. Amazon.co.uk have advised me to create my own review to address these issues.

He suggests that the book is incorrect in places. This is untrue. The book was technically reviewed by John Hornbeck, one of the original members of the Ubuntu documentation team. It was also heavily researched and tested by the book's editor and myself. Mr Gough claims I don't explain how to compile RealPlayer from source. This is impossible because RealPlayer is proprietary software. To address his last concern, the book includes the full version of Ubuntu that you can install and, on page 539, I explain how to upgrade (for free) to any future releases.

If Mr Gough would like to contact me via Apress I will be happy to address his concerns and help him better understand Ubuntu.
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I bought this book and I can tell that this is THE book I was waiting for.
It's well written and helpful, without being boring or too simple.
Like the title says, it starts from the first steps in the Linux' world to help you being productive from the beginning and then leads you to more complex paths gradually.
It explains the meaning of open source without lecturing and without pretending that Linux is the only OS worth knowing.
It's good.
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Some of you may know, its difficult to tell which linux distro is the one for you.. Its all trial and error. All I have to say is, like millions of others, this Linux operating system is the one to go for..

The book goes through everything you need to know about the OS without over using technical dribble. Its set out in a way that even people whom have never used another OS before will simply enjoy getting into the swing of things with Ubuntu.

True to its word, the Ubuntu community is one of a million - kinda reminds me of the still much alive Amiga community.. Those these are not users, the Ubuntu community are Ubuntu People!

I look forward to continuing my quest through the book, and of course jumping back and fourth as required.

A fabulous book by Keir Thomas, wonderfully worded and doesnt patronize the newbie!
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Despite several attempts in past years to get on the Linux Bus. I had failed.

The book follows a logical order, and gave me the information that I could not seem to understand from other Unix books and Linux magazine articles.

If you want to give Ubuntu a try, this book holds your hand all the way.

At last a foothold to make the jump. I have a machine up and running and will not be switching it off. I also have the knowledge to keep it running and understand enough to help myself.

The best computer book I have bought, clear, easy and useful as a reference.
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If you wish to deploy this on a network to use as a file server, DNS server, mail server etc there is very little documentation for you to do this. For the ordinary user it is a good book which I would definitely recommend. For the experienced Linux user this book would not help in gaining further experience in this field.
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I am a new user to the ubuntu community, when I bought this book I was looking for a book that went into the structure of the operating systems etc. This book is very good if you need a book that shows you how to do things with the ubuntu OS, install drivers, Office etc. So if you need help with installing bits and pieces using ubuntu, this is a great book. If you are looking for something more technical I would suggest trying a different book.

Overall a good book with some very useful tips for both a novice and professional.
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Having heard a lot about Linux open source software, I did a bit of investigating and discovered Ubuntu (Linux for human beings)!
I thought I'll do a bit of reading before taking the plunge. Just as well.

I bought the above book which struck me as being an excellent guide for the novice, as it answered some questions that I had from "The Ubuntu Linux Bible - William Von Hagen".

Both books are very good in their own way. I would suggest the novice buys Kier Thomas but if you want real detail and advanced expertise, go for the"Bible".

What neither makes clear however is the following:-

"Dialup Modems - Most dialup modems are not supported by Ubuntu,....."
[..]

The above quote is from the official Ubuntu site. So don't be taken in by the euphoric descriptions given by Ubuntu users. Ubuntu is Linux for human beings on broad band connections! Not Mr Thomas's fault but it is passed over in both books.
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