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Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional

4.3 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1590596272
ISBN-10: 1590596277
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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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Novice to Professional
  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (March 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590596277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590596272
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,485,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Cardillo on May 31, 2006
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I was nervous that this book would be too high level because I am a professional programmer, and am pretty technical. What I was looking for is something to give me a good base knowledge of linux. I have used linux in the past but my knowledge was spotty becuase I never read a book on it.

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.
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I always thought Linux was an operating system mainly for computer geeks and highly technically-oriented people, which I definitely am not. Back in December of 2005, I did a search for a desktop Linux operating system and Ubuntu stood out, Ubuntu is probably the easiest desktop distro for the beginner to learn Linux with. I ordered 5 free CD's from Ubuntu, installed on an old 500 MHz, 256 Mb ram with no problems; it automatically detected all the hardware on my pc and I was up and running in no time. I did extensive reading of resources off the internet relating to Ubuntu and Linux to learn how to use my new "toy". Man, was I in for a big surprise, Ubuntu is a powerful operating system and I've been able to do about anything with it that I can do with my Windows XP pc. If I had this book when I first installed Ubuntu, it would have saved me countless hours of researching and reading all the resources I found scattered on the internet.
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.
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Ubuntu Linux is a Debian based distribution that aims to be particularly user friendly and does an excellent job at it. A desktop focused product, it comes with all the most commonly used software including a full Office Suite (including a database and slideshow product), web browser, instant messaging, audio player, movie player, CD/DVD burner, photo editor, and of course various games, screen savers, and utilities.

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.
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Anybody who have heard about Linux would be aware of Ubuntu which is a very popular flavor of Linux created by the South African firm Canonical founded by the space tourist Mark Shuttleworth. In fact, they set the precedent of supplying free CDs of this very popular OS to any one interested in installing and trying out Linux on their machine. Recently, I got hold of this wonderful book named "Beginning Ubuntu Linux - From Novice to Professional" authored by Kier Thomas. Being a Ubuntu user myself, I was pleased to see a Linux book specifically concentrating on Ubuntu, finding its way to the book stores. This book is aimed at people who are new to Linux and who wish to start their Linux journey by installing Ubuntu on their machines.

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.
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