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Ubuntu Linux Bible: Featuring Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 3rd Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470604506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470604502
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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