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The Official Ubuntu Book (5th Edition) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0137081301 ISBN-10: 0137081308 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 5 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0137081308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137081301
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the perfect companion for users new to Linux and Ubuntu. It covers the basics in a concise and well-organized manner. General use is covered separately from troubleshooting and error-handling, making the book well suited both for the beginner as well as the user that needs extended help.

—Thomas Petrucha, Austria Ubuntu User Group

 

I have recommended this book to several users who I instruct regularly on the use of Ubuntu. All of them have been satisfied with their purchase and have even been able to use it to help them in their journey along the way.

—Chris Crisafulli, Ubuntu LoCo Council, Florida Local Community Team

 

This text demystifies a very powerful Linux operating system . . . in just a few weeks of having it, I’ve used it as a quick reference a half dozen times, which saved me the time I would have spent scouring the Ubuntu forums online.

—Darren Frey, Member, Houston Local User Group

About the Author

Benjamin Mako Hill serves on Ubuntu’s Community Council governance board, which helps oversee community aspects of Ubuntu. He is a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and a researcher and Ph.D. candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Matthew Helmke is one of the administrators of the Ubuntu Forums and a member of the Ubuntu membership board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

 

Corey Burger serves on Ubuntu’s Community Council governance board, Ubuntu’s Marketing and News Teams, and is a geography student in his spare time.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DesertHowler on August 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
To many people, right or wrong, Ubuntu is synonymous with Linux. Ubuntu does much to publicize Linux and is responsible for much growth in popularity of Linux in the last few years.
This book covers Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, the latest stable release of Ubuntu. LTS (Long Term Service) means Ubuntu 10.04 has support for three years (until April 2013) instead of the usual eighteen months of most Ubuntu releases.
The authors of The Official Ubuntu Book are prominent members of the Ubuntu and the Linux communities.
The book was written before Ubuntu 10.04 was frozen. There could changes after the writing the book but it was decided to get the book out in time for the release.

This book contains about 400 pages in a 7x9 format, not too bulky and nicely portable. About 350 pages comprise the subject matter. The cover is very different from older official Ubuntu books, varying shades of purple and not the traditional Ubuntu orange, expressing the new theme of Ubuntu. Included is an installation DVD containing the desktop installation, alternate installation and server installation.

'The Official Ubuntu Book, Fifth Edition, begins with a history and the mission statement of Ubuntu. The general organization of the project and related projects are briefly covered.

The installation section explains obtaining installation media and installing Ubuntu in clear detail. Partitioning is thoroughly and clearly covered. When the CD/DVD is booted, a menu appears on-screen. This menu includes the option of checking the media for defects. This is my first step. After checking the integrity of the installation media, try the Live CD to explore Ubuntu and determine if audio, video and peripheral support is satisfactory.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By iamStanley on January 16, 2011
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This book is both disappointing and shallow. It teaches you nothing that you can't learn by merely browsing Ubuntu. The introduction is long, boring, irrelevant. Ubuntu is very simple to use now days. No one needs a guidance of how to click it here or there. The part about Ubuntu's installation is poor redundant, and who needs it anyway if all info is on a screen during the installation. Ubuntu's website and help files do much better job on describing its functionality and they are getting updated with Ubuntu, unlike this book. The power of Linux is in its command line. This book does nothing to extend your understanding of it. I found that books freely included with Ubuntu 10.10, 4-Disks DVD Installation and Reference Set provide much greater info. I firmly believe, that if I spend this kind of money on a book about Linux, assuming there's plenty of free information available out there, it should contribute to my core understanding of a subject. This book is a general chitchat as you can find on countless forums. It gives an impression that authors themselves aren't really knowledgeable. I don't think that real Linux guru will waste his time by describing how he clicks onscreen interface buttons. It is beyond me, how book like that, gets positive reviews unless they are friends and family. That was about the content.
Now few words about the form. As someone else mentioned it, this book apparently is another self published compilation by many authors and it needs an editor. Most of it is very poorly written and inconsistent. Freely available Ubuntu documentation does better job. I give it 2 stars because they tried, but I can't recommend this reading to anyone.
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By Tyler Rud on March 27, 2013
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easy to understand book, very easy to read, the book is for beginners, I didn't learn any thing new, but it was a good book for noobs
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By C. Smith on August 8, 2010
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Good book for absolute beginners. You won't become a Linux/Ubuntu expert from this one book, but it will help you get started with Ubuntu.
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