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Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1598634150 ISBN-10: 1598634151 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598634151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598634150
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PART I: INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING UBUNTU. 1. What is Ubuntu? 2. Before You Install Ubuntu. 3: Installing Ubuntu. 4: Desktop Basics. 5: Getting Online. 6: Making Hardware Go. PART II: USING UBUNTU. 7: Taking the Grand Tour. 8: Installing and Updating Software. 9: Basic File Management. 10: Surfing the Web. 11: Mail Call. 12: Messaging Tools. 13: Multimedia Tools. 14: Working With Windows. PART III: USING OPENOFFICE.ORG. 15: Documenting with Writer. 16: Analyzing with Calc. 17: Presenting with Impress. 18: Drawing with Draw.

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Brian Proffitt is a technology expert who blogs on ITworld.com about OpenSource, Mobile, and Big Data technology and Twitters as @TheTechScribe on a wide range of technology sectors. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Janaka on September 16, 2007
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There is a lot of information here, but 90% of it is the kind of stuff you just figure out from noodling around a bit and paying attention. The author mostly avoids issues that will change with new releases of Ubuntu. When a new version of the operating system comes out every 6 mos, you just can't stay on top of it all. So this turns into a very broad introduction to the most stable aspects of Ubuntu 7.04.

It is very comprehensive hand-holding for those either coming to Linux OSs fresh from a lifetime of Windows and Gates or anyone who is actually new to computing in general.

More timely, relevant, and personalized information can be found online...for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SBJ400 on October 7, 2007
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This book is simplistic but does not really go step by step. Please understand, it will try to give you a basic/intermediate understanding of Ubuntu and try to teach some things about Linux. It is not trying to teach you Linux itself. Just Ubuntu...a particular 'flavor' of Linux.

I agree with a previous review that this book does not really go to deep in the ways you want it too. I also felt there was a lot of fluff...as if the author just wanted to fatten the book up a bit. Again, like many other books dealing with Ubuntu, this book does not go deeply enough into setting up, backing up and protecting your partitions and files. Things that are crucial to know because if done properly, can save you hours of pain! Something Windows users are very familiar with and trying to escape.You will definitely need a general AND CURRENT book on Linux to get those details.

Tired of the restrictions and lack of performance from Windows? Tired of needing new, powerful hardware to satisfy Windows' bloated code? Tired of paying money for extra software like cd/dvd burning tools, backup software, MP3 ripping and burning, tired of shelling out $250 to $600 for Microsoft's Office Suite? Come over to Linux!! No digital rights management or privacy invading issues, no network connection restrictions, no slow degraded performance due to not having a brand new computer!!

Yes, it takes time to learn and will require some effort on your part...but the rewards are well worth it.
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Decent coverage of most of the frequently encountered Linux application issues for desktop users of Ubuntu 7.04. Covers a 7.04 installation and then getting started. Skims over some of the frequently encountered basic and intermediate tasks but does not go into alot of detail; however of the tasks covered do have enough detail to accomplish the task. More coverage of Network manager would have been nice, especially for wi-fi. A worth-while read for 7.04 users, but is not comprehensive enough to be a sole reference.
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