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by William von Hagen
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Book Description

June 8, 2010 0470604506 978-0470604502 3

The best resource on the very latest for Ubuntu users!

Ubuntu is a free, open-source, Linux-based operating system that can run on desktops, laptops, netbooks, and servers. If you've joined the millions of users around the world who prefer open-source OS-and Ubuntu in particular-this book is perfect for you. It brings you the very latest on Ubuntu 10.04, with pages of step-by-step instruction, helpful tips, and expert techniques.

Coverage Includes:

  • The Ubuntu Linux Project
  • Installing Ubuntu
  • Installing Ubuntu on Special-Purpose Systems
  • Basic Linux System Concepts
  • Using the GNOME Desktop
  • Using the Compiz Window Manager
  • Managing E-Mail and Personal Information with Evolution
  • Surfing the Web with Firefox
  • Migrating from Windows Systems
  • Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
  • Using Command-Line Tools
  • Working with Text Files
  • Creating and Publishing Documents
  • Other Office Software: Spreadsheets and Presentations
  • Working with Graphics
  • Working with Multimedia
  • Consumer Electronics and Ubuntu
  • Adding, Removing, and Updating Software
  • Adding Hardware and Attaching Peripherals
  • Network Configuration and Security
  • Going Wireless
  • Software Development on Ubuntu
  • Using Virtual Machines and Emulators
  • Connecting to Other Systems
  • File Transfer and Sharing
  • Managing Users, Groups, and Authentication
  • Backing Up and Restoring Files
  • Setting Up a Web Server
  • Setting Up a Mail Server
  • Setting Up a DHCP Server
  • Setting Up a DNS Server
  • Setting Up a Print Server
  • Setting Up an NFS Server
  • Up a Samba Server

Updating your Ubuntu? Ubuntu Linux Bible, Third Edition, is the book you need to succeed!

Note: CD-ROM is not included as part of eBook file.


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From the Back Cover

Everything you need to know about Ubuntu—and then some!

Ubuntu Linux is hotter than ever, and now you can jump in with Ubuntu 9.10 or 10.04 and this information-packed guide. Want to set up text files? Use the GNOME desktop or command-line tools? Create a virtualized machine? Set up mail, Samba, or NFS servers? Thoroughly covering everything from the basics for newcomers to the essentials for all users to practical enterprise management for system administrators, this is the Ubuntu book you need to succeed.

  • Master Ubuntu fundamentals for desktop and servers

  • Use the GNOME desktop and the Compiz Window Manager

  • Manage your e-mail, contacts, calendar, IM, and Web access

  • Work with the Bash shell and the command line

  • Go wireless or create virtual machines with VirtualBox or KVM

  • Manage users and groups and set up Kerberos authentication

  • Set up Web, mail, print, Samba, NFS, and other servers

  • Play games and work with multimedia

What's on the CD-ROM?

Test-drive Ubuntu 10.04 on your existing system without changing a thing using the Ubuntu Desktop CD included with this book. If you decide to install Ubuntu permanently, there is also an easy-to-use installer provided. The CD also includes:

  • A special installer for installing Ubuntu on a system running Microsoft Windows, without having to re-partition the disk

  • Sample documents, graphics files, and more to help you get the most out of Ubuntu

CD-ROM Included

  • Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop CD for 32-bit x86 systems

  • Windows-based Ubuntu Installer (Wubi)

  • Sample documents, graphics files, and more

System Requirements: Please see Appendix A in the book for details and complete system requirements.

Set up Ubuntu for desktops or servers

Thoroughly master the fundamentals

Get the most out of your graphics, audio, and video

About the Author

William von Hagen (Bill) has been a UNIX system administrator for more than 20 years, and a Linux fanatic since the early 1990s. He has worked as a Linux product manager, systems programmer, system administrator, writer, application developer, drummer, and content manager. Bill has written or co-written books on such topics as Linux server hacks, GCC, Xen virtualization, Linux filesystems, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux, SGML, Mac OS X, and hacking the TiVo. He has also written numerous articles on Linux, embedded computing, Mac OS X, UNIX, and various open source topics. An avid computer collector specializing in workstations, he owns more than 200 computer systems but is not compulsive at all. You can reach him at wvh@vonhagen.org.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470604506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470604502
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 2.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu is for everybody February 21, 2007
Format:Paperback
Like many other "Bible" publications, "Ubuntu Linux Bible" is an extensive study material and is a good addition to any Linux reference book collection. William von Hagen did a good job of dissecting the information into manageable chunks. The book is written in clear terms and reads easy. As any other Linux book, the intro covers a bit of Linux history. The installation of the OS is covered well. You will learn how to install Ubuntu on a special-purpose system or as a generic desktop. Ubuntu is a Gnome based distribution, so KDE is not presented here. You will learn how to use Linux command-line tools; some bash commands are included. Additionally, the author covered quite a few GUI applications such as: Evolution, office apps and a myriad of others, so your switch from Windows world will be rather painless. Subjects covered also include: multimedia, games, consumer electronics, file sharing, software development, and some systems administrator tasks. You will learn how to add/delete/maintain users and user groups and manage permissions. As far as full-blown systems administration goes, this is probably not your best book -- simply because each topic takes many books by itself. Don't expect to learn DNS or Samba in one chapter. Just be realistic... Setting up servers and administering them is covered in this "Bible" as well. I give the book five stars for it versatility. If you are looking for a specific Linux reference book covering a very specific subject, this is not a book for you. Newcomers are welcome!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ubuntu for desktop use January 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
This might be the best Linux "bible" book ever. The book is great from the perspective of those who want ubuntu for desktop use. Its coverage of ubuntu for server use is brief. It also does not cover kubuntu or xubuntu (but it does cover some KDE applications that beat everything offered under GNOME, like k3b for burning DVD's and CD's). The book is well written, includes some geek humor, and does NOT include any inadvertent references to "ubuntu core". This is an excellent book for someone who wants to get the most out of ubuntu on the desktop -- with ubuntu and this book, Vista is obsolete already!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad place to start May 21, 2008
Format:Paperback
I'm a computer professional who is new to Linux. As Ubuntu seems to be what everybody raves about these days, I decided to take the plunge and bought this book as my guide.

It's not a bad book by any means, but it certainly has room for improvement as well. I see a mistake that a lot of technical type books make. The author takes very simple topics and explains them to the level of a 4-year old who doesn't speak the language can understand (things like how to click the mouse). However, when it comes to more technical topics he seems to brush over them very quickly with much less explanation.

The author spent more time explaining how to use a graphical file explorer (like windows explorer) than explaining hard drive partitions and mounting them.

So the book is a good place to start, but I doubt it will be suitable for a true reference to refer back to when I'm facing more difficult tasks.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Content fine, readability poor March 20, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
There's a lot of well organized excellent information in this book. Unfortunately the smallish gray typeface makes it quite difficult for my older eyes to read....
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For those teetering on the fence, fall on over... August 6, 2007
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For years, I've flirted with linux (SuSE, RH and Mandrake) but never fully committed to using it full-time until I was introduced to Ubuntu. I loved this distribution from the start: it's painless to install, requires very little tweaking and works on most any system. But using a book like the Ubuntu Linux Bible ensures that I'm never tempted to go back to Windows. As a desktop, Ubuntu is as good as it gets and von Hagen crams the book with nearly everything you need to know: browsing, mail clients, and multimedia tools, as well as as setting up common servers like DHCP, web, Samba, etc. This book doesn't answer every question you may have because it focuses primarily on the GUI vs. command line features of Ubuntu but it answers most all typical questions that a casual user would have or points users to resources where they can find out the answers. To further tweak your system, I recommend Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customizations (ExtremeTech) but this "Bible" is a great tool.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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The Ubuntu Linux Bible is a large book. Really, really large. Depending on where you live, it could be at least the size of your phonebook. So, be prepared to do a lot of reading.

This Bible is filled with just about everything a new Ubuntu user would ever need (or want) to know. It describes the installation process, the Gnome Desktop Environment, the various applications that come out of the box, how to get more applications (such as the ubiquious Open Office suite), and even the dreaded command terminal.

That said, the book is not aimed at those of us who are more technically inclined. While there are sections devoted to mounting file systems and whatnot (mostly in the command terminal section), most of this tome is part "My first Ubuntu computer" and part "Everything but the kitchen sink." There's a lot of information here, but most of it isn't very complicated to anyone comfortable using a Windows PC or Mac. Those of you already familiar with a Debian distro or the Gnome Desktop Environment most likely won't get much out of this. For new users hesitant about going with an unfamiliar OS, however, this book can be greatly beneficial.

One final note: like others have said, the book is a bit hard to read. Small dark gray font creates something of a strain for my eyes, and I don't need glasses to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu The Bible
Well at this time I am half way threw the book after I complete it,
I will write you a story on it, so far so good.

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Published 16 months ago by Reviews by Butt Eye
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference
Great reference for regular Ubuntu Linux. I was hoping for more on the server distribution, however. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nathan Dykstra
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
Came in the condition it said it would be in. Which was unused and the CD seal was not broken. And it came on time.
Great buy!
Published 21 months ago by Rich Zaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu Linux Featuring Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
Evidently, some reviewers have taken issue with the print quality of the book and therefore rated the item as substandard. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars It truely is Ubuntu's bible
I know next to nothing about Linux but with this book, I feel really comfortable using it as my primary operating system. Good bye mac's and windows! Read more
Published on November 26, 2010 by cryptofreq
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Guide to Ubuntu Linux
This is the one indispensable guide to Ubuntu Linux. It continues a series by updating to the April, 2010, release of Ubuntu 10.04. Read more
Published on June 27, 2010 by John P. Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbutu Linux version 10.04
I found this one wast just about the same a the last version. I don't plan on ordering the next two or three versions. Read more
Published on June 19, 2010 by J I Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for newbs
A book for newbs and goes into great depths on all newbish things. Not bad, but just for people that want to learn the desktop gui, apps, included programs, etc. . Read more
Published on May 11, 2009 by Milton E. Holley Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to have a global view of the Ubuntu system.
The book is oriented to desktop users but have also tips for administrators. You can use ubuntu in a desktop pretty well with this book as it explains a lot of concepts clearly and... Read more
Published on June 17, 2008 by Pascual MM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great one stop for all
This book served as a one-stop resource to become part of the Linux culture. It is able to achieve this by combining breadth and depth coverage. Read more
Published on June 1, 2008 by George Orwell
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