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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: Natty Narwhal Edition (Expert's Voice in Linux) 6th ed. 2011 Edition

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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.
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  • Series: Expert's Voice in Linux
  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 6th ed. 2011 edition (October 11, 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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.
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Worse, this particular 'Natty' release was both problematic and controversial - check out Wikipedia, or Omgubuntu or Distrowatch.
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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.
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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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Very helpful as a beginner, highly recommend if you you're new to open source software.
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Was on time and met my specifications.
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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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