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on 5 August 2016
I'm a recent convert to Ubuntu and while it does have a gui I'm trying hard to not use it in a similar manner to windoze and work from the terminal. There is lots of info on the web, the Ubuntu forums are very friendly and welcoming but as a total noob even some of the explanations assume at least some prior knowledge so for me at least it's been a little bit hit and miss.

This book however assumes you have little to no experience - great news, it not only explains commands in easy to understand English it has practical examples as well and has a reasonably linear learning curve.

If you are totally new to Linux this is an excellent place to start and I highly recommend it.
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I needed to use Linex for thye first time in years so was very rusty. I needed a book that could bring me upto speed in a weekend and this book did the trick. Lots of examples and help. How to dual boot with windows and the fundementals of getting to grips with Linux which is a great free OS. I grew up with Unix and found it very easy to get back into. If you are fed up with Winows or just want to have a look at Linux and try some programming this book will get you started quite quickly. The other thing to note is that Linux runs so much faster than Winows on any given machine and has decent software libraries and supports mots modern hardware so it can give you a good stable system for very little outlay. Everyone should try t.
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on 14 March 2017
Arrived quickly. Easy to follow book.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 August 2008
Highly visual, masses of screenshots, and how to do's.

Each page is a "complete" how to topic, such as Partitioning the Disk, Making space to install Linux, and the different ways to install (reduce the windows partition or add a second Hard drive to the system).
Standard issue like changing Screen resolution - but every page is covered in visual step by step diagrams.

Too many Linux books are "wordy", and don't focus on the immediate hit and runs that you need to get started fast.

At the end are shell scripting and an index of commands.

Very concise, tight, colourful, easy.
Logical and highly structured, in a visual manner.

Easy to follow, easy to learn from.
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on 28 August 2008
I bought this book for a colleague on the assumption that it would be a general introduction to Linux for beginners. Earlier reviews had erroneously suggested it was specific to the Suse distribution releases which would have been fine for us as that's what we usually use (with KDE desktop). Unfortunately, for our purposes, it turns out it is based on Ubuntu, this would not be a problem if it was made clear that this was the case and if it pointed out where it was being distribution or desktop environment specific.

If you are just starting with a Linux based system and have already chosen/installed Ubuntu then this is a fine introduction. If you haven't decided on a distribution and/or desktop or have already chosen something else, then half of this book will be at best irrelevant or just plain confusing. The problem for beginners is that they will not know which half is relevant and which isn't.

Regrettably it makes what is becoming a common assumption - that Linux=Ubuntu/Gnome, which is not the case and it is important to point out that one of the advantages of using Linux based systems is having a choice.

Rename it "Ubuntu in easy steps", explain that Ubuntu uses the Gnome desktop and that there are other choices and it earns a 5* rating, as it is otherwise well written, clear and concise.

Produce an equivalent version for Suse/Fedora/Mandriva etc focusing on KDE, Give it a truthful title and I'll have one of those thanks.
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on 29 March 2009
Not fully compatible with all aspects of Linux Ubuntu 8.10 desktop edition
but has been a great help in both basic and advanced understanding of the
operating system, I think Microsoft should be concerned as i find Ubuntu
every bit as good as windows Vista and XP thanks to the easy steps and plain english instructions. Mike Mcgrath has produced a good book.
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on 3 May 2011
For those that want a an easy and understandable intro to Linux, this is the book. It is tied to Ubuntu rather, but generally applicable to all variants of Linux. Naturally it does not go into compilation of modules or kernel rebuilds, but you have to start somewhere and this is a very good place to do it.
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on 24 June 2008
This book is very clearly written and logically laid out. The author has his targeted audience in mind throughout the book. It is not perfect but still gets 5 stars since I believe it achieves its objectives.

This is an ideal first book on Linux permitting the reader to move on to the next stage.
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on 6 December 2013
If you really know nothing about Linux and want to learn the basics this book is excellent clear introduction to get you started.
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on 7 December 2015
If you are breaking into Linux this is a great book especially if you are only familiar with Windows based systems.
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