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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: Natty Narwhal Edition (Expert's Voice in Linux) Paperback – October 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1430236269 ISBN-10: 1430236264 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Linux
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 6 edition (October 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430236264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430236269
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Emilio Raggi lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and works in one of the biggest companies in the country. He was very much a Windows fanboy, until one day, he had to manage a Ubuntu desktop deployment. He was highly qualified as a Microsoft implementer, holding certificates as an MCP and MCSE, and worked as a consultant for a Microsoft partner. Still, Ubuntu had its charms and won him over. He is also an avid student of philosophy.

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.

Sander van Vugt is an independent trainer and consultant, living in the Netherlands and working throughout the European Union. He specializes in Linux and Novell systems, and has worked with both for more than 10 years. Besides being a trainer, he is also an author, having written more than 20 books and hundreds of technical articles. He is a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) and holds LPIC-1 and -2 certificates, as well as all important Novell certificates.

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Big Ben on April 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Confession: I have not read this book and may never do so, despite its being a respected imprint.
So why would I then do a review, and a critical review at that?
Because the subject of this edition is a particular release of Ubuntu Linux - 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" that goes obsolete in October 2012.
No more updates after October. That's only a few months use, at best.
Worse, this particular 'Natty' release was both problematic and controversial - check out Wikipedia, or Omgubuntu or Distrowatch.
I would not recommend its use unless you know exactly what you are risking. Its instability was greatly reduced in the next release, 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot". This is a slightly better bet, although still not up to Ubuntu's usually high standards of stability on our hardware particularly when doing a suspend/restore. But...
Oneiric's update support still expires in April next year.
More, Natty Narwhal introduced the new and very controversial 'Unity' desktop interface in an unfinished form - see Wikipedia etc. This 'Unity' is still a work in progress now (a year later).
We are currently expecting the release of Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" in April which is a Long Term Support (LTS) release that does not lose its update support until April 2017. Now that's potentially more useful, isn't it? It also includes the current version of 'Unity', probably version 5.8 which is already out.
5.8? ...for something released on the desktop a year ago, Unity has been through a *lot* of changes, which sadly makes a book based on the earlier, obsolete Natty Narwhal version likely to confuse the very people who'll need this book most.
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By RJ Rockwell on August 4, 2014
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Was on time and met my specifications.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2012
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I bought about 20 books over UBUNTU, I will buy this one too, because it is over Natty Narwhal. I built a desktop system and installed UBUNTU 11.04,automatically updated in Oct 2012 with the 11.04 (Natty Narwhal). The 12.04 version (LTS)is Natty Narwhal too. I love UBUNTU Natty narwhal !It's beautiful!.
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More About the Author

Keir Thomas is a 100% unofficial Mac and Linux "genius" who writes the kind of books ordinary users value and need. His most recent title is Mac Kung Fu, a collection of over 300 tips, tricks, hints and hacks for the all-new Apple Mac OS X Lion operating system.

The author of more than 10 best-selling computer books, his work has been read by well over 1,000,000 people and translated into many different languages. In addition to Macs, Thomas has also written extensively about Ubuntu Linux, with one of his books winning a Linux Journal award, and he has recently created several $0.99 Kindle ebooks that consistently top the Amazon charts.

In addition to writing computer books, Thomas runs a small poetry publishing press called Puppywolf. He lives in Britain with two cats and counts walking amongst his hobbies.

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