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Definitely for beginners, not for total non-techs
on June 26, 2011
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!).