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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
I consider myself pretty tech-savy and I've tried Ubuntu 4 or 5 times, but seem to always get to a point where there's one small thing keeping me from doing what I need to do. After hours of Googling, I give up. This book has filled in those missing pieces.

First, this book is not for a person who's a beginner in regards to technology...it assumes some tech experience and a willingness to explore technology. This is not a book designed for someone who wants to replace Windows with Ubuntu and stay solely in the GUI. For example, I would not give this book to my grandmother to teach her how to use Ubuntu to check email and send forwards.

In fact, it focuses mainly on doing things through the command interface, which to be honest has been a fantastic way for me to learn how things work behind the scenes of the GUI. The book does a great job of teaching concepts behind Ubuntu, a brief history of Linux, and the basic commands to get around. This is a book meant for someone who is a beginner to Ubuntu...and it makes no illusions otherwise. In fact, he honestly states that a lot of these topics are the most frequent questions on his Ubuntu blog. I paid $.99 for it, and in that regard, it's 5 stars.

However, Chapter 4 was where the light bulb went on for me and it started talking about installing software. I understood how to do this in the past, but for some reason it just never clicked. Reading it in the book suddenly made sense. This is the kind of book where each person could have the same experience at different places in the book...as I said before, it fills in the missing pieces.

I appreciate that the author is not trying to cram 3 concepts into 600 pages. The book is a relatively quick and easy read, covers a good base of information, does not talk down to people who don't yet know Linux, and does it all for a great price. In my opinion, this book does exactly what it set out to do and at $.99 is a fantastic "1st book on Linux" for someone to read before digging into a much more in-depth book such as "Ubuntu Unleashed" (which is next on my reading/reference list!).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
As a newbie to Ubuntu this book was exactly the guiding hand I needed. Much more helpful as a first book than the official guide. It removed the murkiness around installing software at the commandline. You are sure to find yourself downloading and installing at least one of the top 7 recommended applications.
The author writes clearly and concisely focussing on the practical things you will want to do with Ubuntu whether for desktop or server purposes. The book assumes no prior Linux knowledge. As a newbie to Ubuntu this will be invaluable to you. When the author writes another Ubuntu book I will surely buy it.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2014
This book needs to ONLY be a book form, it comes with a DVD that you need to complete tasks outlined within the book. If you get it as a Kindle book you will NOT get the DVD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2012
This ebook does a good job at focusing on the basic command line usage in Ubuntu 12.04.
It is definitely geared towards beginners, but that does not mean it does not contain useful information!

If you are new to Ubuntu, and you sometimes find yourself lost, this is a good start.

The author states that he prefers to repeat instructions as opposed to saying "See chapter 4 for setting up apache", so the last 1/3 of the book is a lot of repeated text.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
Recommended to the newcomer who is willing to use a command line to accomplish powerful tasks. This ebook opens up the world of Open Source Linux possibilities beyond simply web browsing, chatting, emailing and other computer usage for entertainment consumption. It belongs in the hands of someone who may one day aspire to use their computer as a tool for the purposes of that of the "Producer", a forgotten concept.

Rather than simply dishing out cryptic command line usage for file manipulation the reader will be exposed to a wealth of application for their command line typing. A reader will quickly want to try their hand with networking another computer at home, setting up a SAMBA server to share data with Windows PCs, or administer other Linux computers using SSH (if not at work, then for their spouses and kids computers at home).

The reader will learn about FTP but then forgo it's usage in favor of its much more secure counterpart discussed in the next chapters, SFTP. Imagine pulling pictures and videos, or office documents off s computer at home while at the inlaws or friends.

Setup a LAMP Content Management System for hosting a webserver using one of the ebooks recommendations such as WordPress, MediaWiki or Drupal (web applications), What entrepreneurial activity might the reader pursue. ...setting up a blogsite or wiki style data contribution and access site, for the whole world to enjoy.

It's critical that a user be aware of the application of the command line in addition to the studious usage of it. This ebook spawns the creative mind by concisely focusing on the former rather than the later. There isn't enough information to be useful as a guide for running any one of those systems. Its enlightening the beginner to the existence of the potential they can reach is invaluable nevertheless. At the very least this should spawn further pursuits and reading elsewhere after boot-up and Wow!

Another valuable reason to start tinkering with the command line right away is that its usage predominates the entire Linux world of computing, and mastering it on Ubuntu means proficiency on other sibling systems. And, investing too much effort in learning the ins and outs of specific GUI applications beyond the ones that are already self-explanatory and used daily just means wasted time as they change day by day, and no two systems, even Ubuntu, are usually found with the same nest of programs one encounters. They certainly change every 6 months or so.

Even if someone only seeks to be entertained by their computer and plans to type as little on the command line entry as possible, this is their book, as it goes over important configuration details that Ubuntu users will need to know in order to engage their videos, music, pdfs or other licensed data. There is complete chapter for the GAMING, how to run Windows software with WINE, and of course another on EBooks and editing. At $0.99 these chapters alone make the price worthwhile.

Once enthused by the the possibilities of your Linux machine you should get additional supplementary reading materials. "Working at the Ubuntu Command Line (Linux Nitty Gritty)" also priced $0.99 by Keir Thomas is an invaluable introduction to the command line. It offers greater depth of discussion on commands while being brief as possible. The user will really begin feeling comfortable with command control after reading this. Combined these two ebooks are the perfect complement to each other. The make the for the perfect introductory crash course on Linux featuring the Ubuntu distribution.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
If you're just starting out using Ubuntu, it really is a very good book. But I do find myself having to start at the cover and flip through page after page until I find the right information. Is it worth $0.99, YES, but if there was a Table of Content it would be even better at that price.

I had a reply to my review so I wanted to update it. I use the kindle reader for the ipad. When I go to table of contents I see a hyperlink for "start". Now I did find a work around. I set a book mark for each chapter so under "My Notes and Marks" I have created my own table of contents. I do want to express the book is well worth the $0.99 I spent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2012
The book is pretty good if one wants to start learning Linux. Other good thing is the fact that the writter doesn't mind to repeat the instruction every time, and that's in a system wich basically works on commands is usefull.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2013
I am a self-learner. When I found myself being forced to work with Linux more and more, I started to learn about it on my own. This was one of several guides I got on Kindle and read through it while working with a virtual machine with Ubuntu on it. The guide is easy to follow, contains a good depth and breadth of knowledge without getting overly geeky and serves as a good starting point. My personal feelings of Linux aside, I recommend this book for anyone needing to learn more about Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular without wasting precious personal money to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2013
As a newbie Linux user, I have found that it actually takes several books to get a well rounded view of the subject. However, I find myself returning to this book regularly for learning how to get something done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2012
I loved this book! I can't really say anything that other reviewers haven't already. if you're new to linux, this book is a must. I really hope Mr Mueller decides to publish more guides.
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