Praise for the First Edition of A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®
“I am so impressed by how Mark Sobell can approach a complex topic in such an understandable manner. His command examples are especially useful in providing a novice (or even an advanced) administrator with a cookbook on how to accomplish real-world tasks on Linux. He is truly an inspired technical writer!”
—George Vish II, Senior Education Consultant, Hewlett-Packard Company
“Overall, I think it’s a great, comprehensive Ubuntu book that’ll be a valuable resource for people of all technical levels.”
—John Dong, Ubuntu Forum Council Member, Backports Team Leader
“The JumpStart sections really offer a quick way to get things up and running, allowing you to dig into the details of the book later.”
—Scott Mann, Aztek Networks
“Ubuntu is gaining popularity at the rate alcohol did during Prohibition, and it’s great to see a well-known author write a book on the latest and greatest version. Not only does it contain Ubuntu-specific information, but it also touches on general computer-related topics, which will help the average computer user to better understand what’s going on in the background. Great work, Mark!”
—Daniel R. Arfsten, Pro/ENGINEER Drafter/Designer
“I read a lot of Linux technical information every day, but I’m rarely impressed by tech books. I usually prefer online information sources instead. Mark Sobell’s books are a notable exception. They’re clearly written, technically accurate, comprehensive, and actually enjoyable to read.”
—Matthew Miller, Senior Systems Analyst/Administrator, BU Linux Project, Boston University Office of Information Technology
“I would so love to be able to use this book to teach a class about not just Ubuntu or Linux but about computers in general. It is thorough and well written with good illustrations that explain important concepts
for computer usage.”
—Nathan Eckenrode, New York Local Community Team
“Overall, A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux® by Mark G. Sobell provides all of the information a beginner to intermediate user of Linux would need to be productive. The inclusion of the Live DVD of the Gutsy Gibbon release of Ubuntu makes it easy for the user to test-drive Linux without affecting his installed OS. I have no doubts that you will consider this book money well spent.”
—Ray Lodato, Slashdot contributor, www.slashdot.org
“This is well written, clear, comprehensive information for the Linux user of any type, whether trying Ubuntu on for the first time and wanting to know a little about it, or using the book as a very good reference when doing something more complicated like setting up a server. This book’s value goes well beyond its purchase price and it’ll make a great addition to the Linux section of your bookshelf.”
—Linc Fessenden, Host of The LinuxLink TechShow, tllts.org
“The author has done a very good job at clarifying such a detail-oriented operating system. I have extensive Unix and Windows experience and this text does an excellent job at bridging the gaps between Linux, Windows, and Unix. I highly recommend this book to both ‘newbs’ and experienced users. Great job!”
—Mark Polczynski, Information Technology Consultant
“When I first started working with Linux just a short 10 years or so ago, it was a little more difficult than now to get going. . . . Now, someone new to the community has a vast array of resources available on the web, or if they are inclined to begin with Ubuntu, they can literally find almost every single thing they will need in the single volume of Mark Sobell’s A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®.
“I’m sure this sounds a bit like hyperbole. Everything a person would need to know? Obviously not everything, but this book, weighing in at just under 1200 pages, covers so much so thoroughly that there won’tbe much left out. From install to admin, networking, security, shell scripting, package management, and a host of other topics, it is all there. GUI and command line tools are covered. There is not really any wasted space or fluff, just a huge amount of information. There are screen shots when appropriate but they do not take up an inordinate amount of space. This book is information-dense.”
—JR Peck, Editor, GeekBook.org
Praise for Other Books by Mark G. Sobell
“I currently own one of your books, A Practical Guide to Linux®. I believe this book is one of the most comprehensive and, as the title says, practical guides to Linux I have ever read. I consider myself a novice and I come back to this book over and over again.”
—Albert J. Nguyen
“Thank you for writing a book to help me get away from Windows XP and to never touch Windows Vista. The book is great; I am learning a lot of new concepts and commands. Linux is definitely getting easier
“I have been wanting to make the jump to Linux but did not have the guts to do so—until I saw your familiarly titled A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® at the bookstore. I picked up a copy and am eagerly looking forward to regaining my freedom.”
—Carmine Stoffo, Machine and Process Designer to pharmaceutical industry
“I am currently reading A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® and am finally understanding the true power of the command line. I am new to Linux and your book is a treasure.”
—Juan Gonzalez--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Most Complete, Easy-to-Follow Guide to Ubuntu Linux
Mark Sobell’s A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux®, Second Edition, isn’t just the most thorough and up-to-date reference to installing, configuring, and working with Ubuntu. It also provides comprehensive server coverage you won’t find in any other Ubuntu book.
The fully updated JumpStart sections help you get complex servers running quickly. Whatever your questions may be, the completely revamped index gives you even faster access to the answers you’re searching for. And a brand new chapter on Perl programming teaches you the basics of this powerful system administration language.
Sobell walks you through every feature and technique you’ll need, from installing Ubuntu to working with GNOME, Samba, exim4, Apache, DNS, NIS, LDAP, ufw, firestarter, and iptables. His exceptionally clear explanations demystify everything from system security to Windows file/printer sharing. You’ll find full chapters on running Ubuntu from the command line and GUI, administering systems and security, setting up networks and Internet servers, and much more.
Along the way, you’ll learn both the “hows” and the “whys” of Ubuntu. Sobell knows every Linux nook and cranny: He’s taught hundreds of thousands of readers–and never forgets what it’s like to be new to
Linux. Whether you’re a user, administrator, or programmer, this book gives you all you need–and more.
The world’s most practical Ubuntu Linux book is now even more useful!
This book delivers
Includes DVD! Get the full version of the Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) release!--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Usually, when I read through a book of this size, I find that it's full of "fluff".
The overall structure is like that of a textbook, providing a summary and exercises at the end of each chapter, as well as copious cross-references.
This tome of a book is worth every penny it cost; in some ways it actually undervalued.
I bought this for a class I was taking and unfortunately the instructor sucked. The book is a good reference though.Published 4 months ago by Patrick SPacek
Learning Ubuntu Linux, then this is the book for you. Though be warned, this book is for 10.04, not the most current edition of Ubuntu, so some commands and screens will differ.Published 17 months ago by Nicholas J Klotz
I still use this book today event though it is now well past being current. It serves a good reference and starting point when looking for answers to questions about using this... Read morePublished 19 months ago by I. Robinson
Adequate product, timely delivery. Was a bit frustrated that it wasn't clear on the description what edition it was and it turned out to be the old one.Published on July 9, 2010 by mwall
This is an excellent though very large book.
Many of the other reviewers have pointed out that the target audience for the book is perhaps a bit vague as the book deals with... Read more
I am sure the book is a good one for somebody out there somewhere, but for me, it was a bit of an overkill. Read morePublished on August 8, 2009 by W. Lucas
A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux (Versions 8.10 and 8.04) (2nd Edition)
Very well thought out and simplified. Whould buy another book from this author, (Mark Sobell).
I'm new to linux so having this as an introduction has been a life saver in many respects.
Great table of contents. Read more
Despite it's length, this book avoids (for the most part) degenerating into a concatenation of man pages. Read morePublished on March 11, 2009 by Eric Jain