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Product Details

  • Series: Beginning
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3 edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590599918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590599914
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn Linux.
J. Foote
So, my primary reason for buying the book in the first place was solved, but this is still a very good reference anyway.
alvamark
Instead, you will preservere long enough to learn the beauties of Linux computing..
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By J_Onyx TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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 By William Holden on November 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By D. T. Anderson on March 16, 2009
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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 By A. Adamou on August 17, 2008
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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 By Daniel Seltzer on December 21, 2008
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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 By Jose on February 24, 2009
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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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