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Managing the Ubuntu Software System (Linux Nitty Gritty) [Kindle Edition]

Keir Thomas
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Book Description

Keir Thomas is the world's most popular author writing about Ubuntu. His books have been read by over 1,000,000 readers and are #1 best-sellers. His book Beginning Ubuntu Linux recently entered its sixth edition, and picked-up a Linux Journal award along the way. Thomas is also the author of Ubuntu Kung Fu.

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Get to grips with the Ubuntu software system in this easy-to-read and understandable guide for newcomers.

Within its pages you'll learn:

* The nature of Ubuntu software packages and repositories;

* How to use Synaptic to add, remove and refresh software;

* How to add new software repositories to Ubuntu;

* How to install and remove software at Ubuntu's command-line prompt.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helps explain the basics March 24, 2011
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I am a newbie when it comes to Ubuntu (or Linux for that matter). I have just installed the latest software and thought, my goodness, how on earth do I find my way around here? Everything is so different to Windows. So after struggling by trial and error, I decided to look for help. And having just bought a Kindle, I was dying to try this device out too. So I searched and decided this book looked just the ticket.

This book is first class. It is written in easy-to-understand language that even I can understand. Remembering all the new terms and concepts, I fear, will be another matter but that's my challenge, not the authors. I now feel confident enough to pursue my new interest in Ubuntu and look forward to making real progress. This book is to be highly recommended to newbies as well as seasoned hacks.

I'm now looking forward to downloading another title by this fine author.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, definitely worth a buy, but somewhat deceiving October 9, 2011
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Thomas provides a great introduction to the world of Ubuntu software, with intelligent examples, simple terms, a glossary, and more, but there's something eager customers should know: This book is little more than a slightly updated version of one of the chapters in Thomas's other book, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference (available for free as a pdf)(published in 2008). This is especially evident in his Appendix recommending his other book, Beginning Ubuntu Linux, which he claims is in its third edition, but has actually had it's fifth edition published. Having a Kindlized version of it available at a moment's beckon, with updated information and like is invaluable, though, and so the book is still worth a buy for new Ubuntu users needing a quick reference for the software system.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, well presented information June 27, 2011
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Unless you're already a Linux expert this is a publication you will keep coming back to. It's short but well worth the price for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Managing the software system in Ubuntu can be daunting to those who are new (like the millions now seeking an alternative to Windows XP and wishing to abandon Microsuck for good), and this little book makes it all very clear. It really is a terrific system once you get a handle on it. Your enormous "software store" is right there for you and it's all free. I suggest searching Amazon Books for "Ubuntu" and buying all of the wonderful and inexpensive small books for beginners. Reason? Some will speak to you on some of the things that remain unclear in the others. This was a real help to me and took (nearly) all of the frustration out of the learning curve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needs to be edited December 3, 2013
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The grammar is distracting due to very frequent errors. The examples are often in fonts so small that they cannot be read. In a technical manual/document, I expect accuracy and clarity. After 50+ years in the computer industry, I find it frustrating to deal with sloppiness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good reference August 17, 2013
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This is a good reference for anyone wanting to learn more about their Ubuntu operating system. It has something for everyone new comers to experienced users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great followup book for maintaining Ubuntu December 26, 2013
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This book will help keep your new Ubuntu install running smoothly. Emphasis on the apt commands was extremely helpful for a new Linux user.
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4.0 out of 5 stars limited scope July 2, 2014
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Does a good job of telling a beginner how to install and remove applications. I would like to read some more in the Nitty Gritty series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to Linux software managemnt
Very informative book. Well written and relatively easy to understand. The material can be a bit dry at times but the author does a good job of trying to keep the material relevant... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrick H
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This gave me the vital help I needed - husband, kelley riedel.
Published 4 months ago by ramona riedel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
some useful info
Published 7 months ago by rainbowman101010
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was on time and met my specifications.
Published 9 months ago by RJ Rockwell
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Ubuntu
good read for people who are confused about software package system in ubuntu and how to install applicaitons in ubuntu.
Published 23 months ago by Naveen Chilukoti
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for Me
This book is well-written and clear. It helped me figure out where I was making my mistake in setting up a Ubuntu server on a network with window and Linux clients. Read more
Published on April 19, 2013 by AZ
2.0 out of 5 stars Same as many others
There appear to be a ton of books on Linux all containing the same information.
We seem to have a bunch of Linux authors copying material from each other.
Published on March 19, 2013 by dw
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed - Not as good as the first book
I really enjoyed Mr. Thomas' first Ubuntu book on the command line. It was well written and had all the essential information needed to get started with the command line and I... Read more
Published on January 27, 2013 by MJA
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More About the Author

Keir Thomas is a 100% unofficial Mac and Linux "genius" who writes the kind of books ordinary users value and need. His most recent title is Mac Kung Fu, a collection of over 300 tips, tricks, hints and hacks for the all-new Apple Mac OS X Lion operating system.

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.

In addition to writing computer books, Thomas runs a small poetry publishing press called Puppywolf. He lives in Britain with two cats and counts walking amongst his hobbies.

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Reader reviews of MAC KUNG FU:

"Simply amazing. This is a fantastic book. I've been using Macs since the System 6 days, and I learned several new things reading through and trying these tips. Even very advanced users are going to find something here they didn't know."
-- Patrick Burleson, Owner BitBQ, LLC

"I love how accessible this book is. No fluff, no filler, and no extraneous content to weed through. Just lots of interesting things that I could put into practice immediately."
-- Angela Murtha, IOS Consultant, Girl Meets Bit, LLC

"If Mac customizations are an orange, this book must have squeezed out every last drop of juice there is. I would be surprised if there were more that could be done that this book does not cover."
-- Jon Kurz, President, Dycet, LLC

"This book is easy to read and should be a staple for anyone using a Mac. The tips and tricks are invaluable. There are tips for every user type, from the beginner to advanced users. I would recommend this book to everyone, from my mom to my fellow coworkers."
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