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Official Ubuntu Book, The (3rd Edition) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0137136681 ISBN-10: 0137136684 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 3 edition (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137136684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137136681
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,635,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linux Journal Readers’ Choice Awards 2008 Favorite Linux Book, Honorable Mention. http://www.linuxjournal.com

“. . . this one (Ubuntu Linux book) is at the head of the pack for getting started with your penguin experience. . . .”
—Tom Duff

“Benjamin Mako Hill et al. have produced an excellent book that speaks to everyone who uses or is considering using Ubuntu.”
—James Pyles, Reviewer, “The Linux Tutorial”

“Well written in an easy-to-follow format. Full of information for folks new to Linux or just new to Ubuntu. Even nontechnical users would find this a very helpful resource.”
—Ben Gerber, Arsgeek.com

“I’d recommend picking it up if you are running Ubuntu.”
—Tony Lawrence, owner of aplawrence.com

From the Back Cover

Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community, support, and ease of use without compromising speed, power, or flexibility. It’s Linux for human beings—designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support), a.k.a., “Hardy Heron,” is the latest release—more powerful, more flexible, and friendlier than ever. The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, will get you up and running quickly.

Written by expert leading Ubuntu community members, this book covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, or programmer. The authors cover Ubuntu 8.04 LTS from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Among the many new topics covered in this edition: the new Edubuntu and the brand new Kubuntu Remix including KDE 4.

The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, covers standard desktop applications, from word processing, spreadsheets, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, music, video, and games to software development, databases, and server applications. In addition, you’ll
  • Learn how to customize Ubuntu for home, small business, school, government, and enterprise environments
  • Learn how to quickly update Ubuntu to accommodate new versions and new applications
  • Find up-to-the-minute troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide
  • Learn Ubuntu Server installation and administration, including LVM and RAID implementation
  • Learn about Edubuntu—Ubuntu optimized specifically for the classroom

The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms, preconfigured with an outstanding desktop environment for both home and business computing. It can be used to install other complete variants of Ubuntu including Kubuntu (with the KDE environment), and Edubuntu (for use in schools).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2008
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The book is a collection (apparently) of materials written by several authors. It needs: an editor; an update to the most recent distro; a glossary or someother vehicle to access non-defined terms. I returned the book. You can do as well by heading to Ubuntu "help pages" on the internet.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher M. Hickman on July 27, 2008
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I'm a long-time Linux user, somewhat new to Ubuntu, and I was interested to see what this book brought to the table so I looked at it. This is a GREAT book if you have never used Linux before, or have little Linux experience and zero Ubuntu experience. However, for everyone else, this book is a waste of money, unless it is just to support the project (which is a very noble cause). The first part of the book tells you about the history of Ubuntu, which is interesting but not why I would buy this book. Then it goes over the install process, which to the credit of the distribution is so simple that if you've ever successfully installed Linux before, you don't need. Once you get to chapters 7 - 11 it talks about related projects in quick summary form, as well as the online forums and projects. Appendix B - E talks about licensing and other documents, as well as more forum information. So in the end, you're left with chapters 3 - 6 of information that you'd ever want to refer to more than once, plus Appendix A which gives you 10 pages on the command line, for a total of 134 (out of 497) pages. The rest is either available in a more ideal format on the internet or something you'd only want to read once. I think a better idea would have been to release two books: #1 "The Ubuntu Way" detailing the history, etc., and #2 a usage guide tailored to this distro.

I think a better way to learn Linux with Ubuntu for those who want a physical book would be to read the Ubuntu wiki and pick up the latest edition of Linux in a Nutshell. Or Ubuntu for Non-Geeks.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ben on January 4, 2009
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Instead of being called "The Official Ubuntu Book" it should have been called "The Computer Illiterate's Guide to Ubuntu". Basically if you know how to install an OS, partition a hard drive using a graphical utility, install applications using Synaptic/Adept, and change your desktop's wallpaper a lot of the technical information in this book you will probably already be familiar with if you've ever used a modern graphical operating system. Or is nothing that can't be learned by simply installing the OS and just playing around with various settings and programs for a few days. If your a user who wants to switch from Windows to Linux and learn a lot about how Linux (or more specifically, Ubuntu) works this book isn't going to be of much help, in my opinion.
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Recommended for computer libraries is Benjamin Mako Hill, Matthew Helmke and Corey Burger's THE OFFICIAL UBUNTU BOOK, appealing in a fifth updated edition telling how to customize Ubuntu for home or business applications. Learn how to update the program, troubleshoot problem areas, and how to install Ubuntu on a netbook with a book that includes a DVD with the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for PCs.
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By Steven Kempe on September 16, 2008
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New to Ubuntu and not a bad overview on the subject. However, if you are a geek, you will want a book with a little more meat.
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This book will tell you about the UBUNTU project, about installing it, running it through it's graphical interface and many of it's default GUI features. What it will not do is teach anything about UNIX.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee Colling on September 22, 2008
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Well if you are wanting to know the entire history line of ubuntu rather than working the OS then this book is for you. I know that if I had known that over half the book was the history of Ubuntu I wouldn't have thought of buying it. Think this book will help you figure out a difficult hardware problem like wireless think again, rather it will tell you to buy a card that is compatible which is downright saddening. Ubuntu Forums has 20 times the info one would need to fix problems. If though you are a first time Ubuntu user or want to try it out buy it up. It comes with a Live/Install disk so you can test drive the OS.
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