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