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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional
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Some of the chapters in this book I did skip because they explain how to use certain software, which for me wasn't useful, but i can see its worth to someone switching from windows and wants to learn to use openOffice as well as MS office.
This book also had some more advanced topics in it and I feel this information made the book worth it for me. I feel it did a good job in giving me a good base knowledge of linux.
Though, as of june 1st, 2006, the included CD in the book will not be the latest Ubuntu release. Ubuntu is always free, however, and can be downloaded from their site.
The book comes with an installation CD containing the latest stable version of Ubuntu. I'll admit, you can learn a lot from the internet, but this book has what you'll need to get the most out of Ubuntu, all in one handy reference manual. I highly recommend that anyone interested in trying Ubuntu to get this book and visit the Ubuntu forums, there's a wealth of information there. If you're wondering, Ubuntu can be installed alongside Windows(dual-boot) during the installation process(Ubuntu needs approx. 5 Gb HD space to install on). I recommend anyone interested in trying out Ubuntu to download the LiveCD .iso or order the free cd's.Read more ›
The book has a good section on getting things up and running correctly that covers all the most common problems that you might encounter during an install. Generally my experience has been that there are few, if any problems installing Ubuntu. For those who are not satisfied with just booting up and running an Internet browser or writing a letter but want to get into the nuts and bolts of the system the author has included information on the BASH Shell. Using it you can get directly into the file system or interact with other aspects of the system in detail.
While this is an introduction to Ubuntu and the various programs that come with it, whole books are available from this publisher and many others on most of the programs included with Ubuntu. So, while this book gives you what you need to get up and running and do all the most common tasks, if you really want to take advantage of the power of some of the programs you can pick up one of several good books on the subject as well as utilize the online support community. Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional is highly recommended to anyone interested in this desktop alternative.
The book's 600 pages are divided into 7 parts each concentrating on a particular topic. And there are in total, 34 chapters and 4 appendices.
The first part of the book concentrates on giving a firm foundation to the readers as to what Linux is all about, its history and the benefits of using Linux over any other operating system.
From here, the author moves into explaining how to install Ubuntu on ones machine which forms the basis for the second part of this book. This part is divided into 3 chapters, one each dealing in pre-installation steps like partitioning ones hard disk, the actual installation steps and the equally important part of the most common issues faced by users before, during and after the installation and their solutions. In fact, the author lists over 18 problems that any user could encounter and gives their possible solutions.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was what I expected and was a sufficient primer in getting me started in Linux.Published 6 months ago by Harvey B.
Great book, very helpful, I use it often, it has helped me discover and resolve many issues, This book is very detailed but easy to understand. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by LOGOSYS
This book is great for both beginners and professionals as stated. It starts from installation and is easily read. You can skip chapters if needed without getting confused. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by WA3ERQ
A really good guide for new users to Ubuntu. Even includes a CD to get you going. Would have rated 5 stars, if book had covered latest edition; excellent never the less!Published on January 30, 2010 by Keith Shilhavy
I am an absolute beginner using linux and found it very frustrating that time and time again I was told to "Talk to your IT or network administatrator to get the Network address". Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by H. Graham
Beginning Ubuntu Linux was a Godsend for me when I installed Ubuntu, as I had no "live" expert at hand to answer my questions. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by H. F. Barker
This is an excellent book for beginners of Linux/Ubuntu. Has detailed instructions on installation and usage and system maintainence. Read morePublished on December 18, 2008 by SRVFAN
I have been an enthusiastic Unbuntu user for almost a year and a half now and find that Beginning Ubuntu Linux to be the most comprehensive and informative book that I have read so... Read morePublished on September 20, 2008 by Jim Barber