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Beginning Ubuntu Linux [Kindle Edition]

Keir Thomas , Jaime Sicam
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Beginning Ubuntu Linux, the award–winning and best–selling Ubuntu book for beginners, is now in its third edition, presenting readers with an up–to–the–minute introduction to the world of Linux and the open source community. A detailed overview of Ubuntu's installation and configuration process encourages you to take the plunge and switch to Linux, and from there you'll learn how to wield total control over your newly installed operating system. Guided through the most commonly desired tasks such as printer configuration, listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, performing office and Internet–related tasks, as well as general system maintenance matters, authors Keir Thomas and Jaime Sicam will soon have you using and enjoying Ubuntu Linux and never looking back.

You'll also find a series of comprehensive tutorials on Linux internals and the command–line prompt—essential for any Linux user—along with special sections on optimization, security, and system maintenance that will broaden your knowledge to professional level.

The complete Ubuntu Linux distribution is included free on the DVD inside the book. Simply insert the DVD and follow the instructions in the book to install Ubuntu Linux!

  • The ultimate guide to Ubuntu, the hottest Linux distribution on the planet
  • Avoids introductions to esoteric Linux topics that are commonly found in other books and focuses on everyday tasks for everyday users: printer and file sharing configuration, office document management, listening to MP3s, watching movies, and much more
  • Includes a DVD containing not only the complete Ubuntu version, but also versions of Ubuntu's sister projects, including Edubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu

What you’ll learn

  • Use Ubuntu as a daily desktop replacement.
  • Complete all manner of office tasks, such as creating Microsoft Office–compatible documents and spreadsheets, using e–mail, and managing contacts.
  • Listen to MP3s and CDs, and watch movies using user–friendly Linux desktop applications.
  • Configure Ubuntu's printer– and file–sharing features to share resources seamlessly with other computers on your network.
  • Become a proficient user of the Linux command line.

Who is this book for?

Beginning Linux users seeking to explore the popular Ubuntu distribution

About the Apress Beginning Series

The Beginning series from Apress is the right choice to get the information you need to land that crucial entry–level job. These books will teach you a standard and important technology from the ground up because they are explicitly designed to take you from "novice to professional." You'll start your journey by seeing what you need to know—but without needless theory and filler. You'll build your skill set by learning how to put together real–world projects step by step. So whether your goal is your next career challenge or a new learning opportunity, the Beginning series from Apress will take you there—it is your trusted guide through unfamiliar territory!

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About the Author

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has written several best-selling beginning-level Linux titles for Apress. A former computer magazine editor, he has been writing about computers, operating systems, and software for a decade. He has also edited many computing titles and works as a full-time author. He lives on the side of a mountain in England, and his hobbies include hiking and playing musical instruments.

Jaime Sicam occasionally works as an IT instructor and consultant. Prior to his hiatus from working full time, he indulged himself as one of the system administrators in the engineering team of Defender Technologies Group. Jaime takes pride in being part of DOST-ASTI (Advanced Science and Technology Institute) on Bayanihan Linux. His team advocated the use of open source software for the computing needs of government agencies, schools, and small and medium-size enterprises in the Philippines. He enjoys technology, road trips, and keeping up-to-date on news of the Utah Jazz.

Product Details

  • File Size: 13072 KB
  • Print Length: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Apress - A; 3 edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001AO0H0S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,788 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Linux Beginners Are Well Served by this Book August 28, 2008
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I've owned and used the first two editions of "Beginning Ubuntu Linux". Third Edition. All three are thick books that contain considerable useful information. All you need to quickly get up and running with Ubuntu. Along with the "Linux Bible", it is the best introduction & transition tool into the Linux world.

No book is perfect. Both books contain some wordy sections but readers will come with different experiences and knowledge areas. So, I am reluctant to say which pages should be deleted. I came to "Ubuntu Linux" from years of experience with Windows 3.1 to XP and a solid knowledge of PC hardware & external components. There are about 100 pages I didn't need but I suspect there are other people who need some, part of, or all of those 100 pages.

I find the background information invaluable, even though I already knew much of it.
Here and there I obtained information and explanations that enhanced my already extensive understanding of PC hardware and what Operating Systems do.

The author does an excellent job of explaining the important differences between Windows and Linux. He begins with a discussion of the important differences between Windows and Linux file structures, which significantly speeds readers understanding of how to use Linux. Simply telling us that Linux treats everything as a file, including external components, hard drives, digital cameras, printers, etc., saves the beginner a lot of headache.

I highly recommend "Beginning Ubuntu" for new comers to Linux and for those who have some knowledge and experience. If you are completely new to Linux, I recommend you also consider buying "Linux Bible" as well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu Newbie November 2, 2008
I was looking for a reference book that I could read without having to spend hours at the computer surfing the Web. Linux has progressed to the point where minimal command line interaction is necessary and installation has now become an easy task. I've been a PC user since the late 70's and have primarily learned by reading books and manuals. This book was exactly what I was looking for as a starting point for learning to use Ubuntu. I found it a plus that the book contains a DVD with all the Ubuntu distributions which saved me time from having to download them. All in all I would rate this book a good read/reference.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars limitations March 16, 2009
The manual was semi-useful. There is a characteristic that would be buyers need to understand. Ubuntu is a moving target by being constantly being improved/upgraded. This makes a manual on a specific version have a limited value. The version of Ubuntu provided with the manual is out dated. The manual is useful for some basic details. It doesn't seem to make much distinction between different versions of Ubuntu. It's subtitle is over-blown to the point of being misleading, it certainly won't take a person upto a professional level. It also does not address basic differences between out of the box programs and the umteen variations that can be put together in the process of customizing your own installation of Ubuntu. If it is used as a somewhat sideways introduction to the possibilities of open source programming and some basics, it works reasonably well.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to replace windows base tasks August 17, 2008
A lot of people are switching from windows to Ubuntu and this is the perfect book to get you started. It covers all programs / tools a beginner should know about Ubuntu and linux from bash scripting to multimedia programs; it also covers extensively all the aspects of Ubuntu.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ubuntu Linux book December 21, 2008
I am new at Linux and I did quite a lot of research on which one is the best book for someone who is new at Linux and wants to learn about it. I went to bookstores took a good look at all the other Linux books and I think this book is more complete than the others, some other books for example tell you how to hook up to wireless internet but do not tell you how to react when you find an obstacle like this one. No doubt this book is a great bargain for the buck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keir Thomas: the William R. Stanek of Linux February 24, 2009
By Jose
Easy to read, fun and comprehensive Linux book. One of the best writing styles I've seen (and believe me, I read a lot) Author(s) do not assume you're a guru so if you're new to Linux like me, you will not miss anything. I've tried Linux years ago (I'm a SQL/Windows administrator for a Worldwide IT company) and finally decided to explore UBUNTU following some friend's recommendation; glad I did it.

Book has been divided in 6 parts:

1. Linux introduction: some history and background about Linux
2. Installation
3. Starting guide (a kind of tutorial)
4. Shell
5. Multimedia
6. Office tasks
7. Keeping your system running
8. Appendixes

If you're avid of knowledge or do not have a server to play with you can skip 1 and 2 and start reading 3. But today is easy to find any cheap laptop and download Virtual PC so you can start having fun with it.

The real "meat" resides in 4 and 7 (Chapters 3-17 and 29-33) Authors explained in a "human being" way, basic Shell and Linux admin concepts, which are heavily based on command prompt and commands. But do not feel intimidated at all; they explained everything so well that you will start to "hate" Windows and your "old fashion" way to work with computers.

There is a chapter dedicated to Office (the Linux counterpart to MS-Office) so if you're serious in upgrading from Microsoft, will help you migrate and transition all your Office documents in a quick and secure way.

There is also a chapter for Digital Photos and GIMP (the free Photoshop counterpart) It is true this is a basic chapter, kind of an intro, but enough for me and any other to start using the program and enjoy its benefits; wish book was in color, though.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu
Good book with much information, but you still must use the forums to get the latest data on Ubuntu Karmic.
Published on November 28, 2009 by Michael Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars good hands-on beginners manual
i'm not a computer professional so i was looking for something fairly basic to introduce me to linux. Read more
Published on October 5, 2009 by nolabola
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough Ubuntu introduction
If you're wanting to get into Ubuntu, this is a good place to start. If you're not wanting to get into the gritty details, you could go with a less comprehensive title, but I... Read more
Published on September 2, 2009 by alvamark
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
I knew nothing about Ubuntu before reading this text, and it helped me alot. It will teach you everything you need to know as a beginner, and moderate user.
Published on August 8, 2009 by Martin H. Beringer
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand!
I was just a novice at Ubuntu before I read this book. Now I can move around in Ubuntu a great deal better than before I read the book. Read more
Published on April 16, 2009 by S. Sodaro
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book.
This is a great book for those who are first starting out the great Ubuntu Linux.

But heres the bottom line of this book. Read more
Published on March 9, 2009 by Jeremy Sur
4.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu overview book
As a user of Unix many years ago, I found this quite helpful in updating my knowledge. Offers a good overview of ubuntu without being too lost in the forest of Unix software. Read more
Published on February 5, 2009 by D. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginning Ubuntu Linux
Great Book. I'm teaching myself Linux with it!! I'm an advanced beginner with Windows and I've found everything I need to know to use Linux in the book. Read more
Published on January 18, 2009 by J. Foote
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