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From the Back Cover
Ubuntu Unleashed 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 11.10 (“Oneiric Ocelot”) and the forthcoming Ubuntu 12.04.
Former Ubuntu Forum administrator Matthew Helmke covers all you need to know about Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 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 brand-new coverage of the new Unity desktop, new NoSQL database support and Android mobile development tools, and many other Ubuntu 11.10/12.04 innovations. Whether you’re new to Ubuntu or already a power user, you’ll turn to this book constantly: for new techniques, new solutions, and new ways to do even more with Ubuntu!
Matthew Helmke 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. He works for The iPlant Collaborative, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and is building cyberinfrastructure for the biological sciences to support the growing use of massive amounts of data and computationally intensive forms of research.
- Quickly install Ubuntu, configure it, and get your hardware running right
- Configure and customize the new Unity desktop (or alternatives such as GNOME)
- Get started with multimedia and productivity applications, including LibreOffice
- Manage Linux services, users, and software packages
- Administer and use Ubuntu from the command line
- Automate tasks and use shell scripting
- Provide secure remote access
- Manage kernels and modules
- Administer file, print, email, proxy, LDAP, and database services (both SQL and NoSQL)
- Use both Apache and alternative HTTP servers
- Support and use virtualization
- Use Ubuntu in cloud environments
- Learn the basics about popular programming languages including Python, PHP, and Perl, and how to use Ubuntu to develop in them
- Learn how to get started developing Android mobile devices
Ubuntu 11.10 on DVD
DVD includes the full Ubuntu 11.10 distribution for Intel x86 computers as well as the complete LibreOffice office suite and hundreds of additional programs and utilities.
Purchase this book anytime in 2012 and receive a free Ubuntu 12.04 Upgrade Kit by mail (U.S. or Canada only) after Ubuntu 12.04 is released. See inside back cover for details.
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 (www.ubuntuforums.org), 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 for The iPlant Collaborative (www.iplantcollaborative.org), which is funded by the National Science Foundation and is building the world’s first cyberinfrastructure for the biological sciences. 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 recently completed a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. You can find out more about Matthew at matthewhelmke.com or drop him a line with errata or suggestions at email@example.com.
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. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Paul can be contacted through http://hudzilla.org.
Top customer reviews
The book is really easy to follow and understand, even for absolute beginners and those who have just discovered that you actually have a choice of operating systems other than Windows and Mac. systems. It is an easy step by step guide which takes you through the very basics of installing, setting up and running Ubuntu and its many applications. Then slowly introduces the user on to more intermediate and advanced applications, networking, server systems and programming.
The book seems rather daunting at first, having over 800 pages it is not exactly a book you can take in during an afternoon's reading. But it is not meant for this. It is aimed at the Ubuntu user as a long term companion, tutorial and reference manual, whether they are beginner or long term follower of Ubuntu. The author, Matthew Helmke, a long-time Ubuntu community forum administrator has produced an excellent easy step by step guide to the Ubuntu-Linux operating system which manages to keep things simple enough for beginners and is also advanced enough for the most experienced users.
I converted to Linux many years ago, after I had too many problems and gremlins in my Windows XP system. I tried out several Linux systems, all of them have their merits over Windows but some are a bit of a handful for beginners. Ubuntu Linux has become one of the top operating systems behind Windows and Mac, and is easy and versatile for everyone to use.
I would recommend this book and operating system to anyone.
Forget expensive Microsoft Windows and Mac. systems.
Just buy this and you'll never look back! Superb Value!
Ubuntu Unleashed is written in an easy-to-read style. It is comprehensive and the detail is explained in a lucid and logical fashion. It does everything it says on the cover.
Readers interested in Linux, whatever their background, should find it a "must have" item on their bookshelf.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
From personal experience, I fully realize that it is difficult to provide an all-encompassing reference for anything as complex as an operating system, but in retrospect, I think the author has done a great job in explaining things in detail. I particularly liked Chapter 3, working with Unity, and it's material on the X Window System. Very up to date and articulate!
There is a section on setting up Ubuntu 11.10 as a server, but it is not talking about the Server Edition.
Unfortunately, the only 11.10 Server edition book I can find, the Richard Petersen book, is woefully inadequate. The only real help that the Petersen book gave me was with installing the LightDM desktop. See my review of that book for details.
This book though covers it all in a contemporary and complete way.
I had an older edition of this book.
The book is very complete and seems to cover everything.
The truth is that it is very rare for me to use the book. But I feel safer with it next to the computer. If I have some sort of problem I can look in the book.
It is very rare to use the book. But if I have a problem one time would be worth the cost of the book.