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Ubuntu Linux Bible Paperback – January 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0470038994 ISBN-10: 0470038993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470038993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470038994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Everything you need to know—and then some!

It's the fastest-growing, coolest Linux distribution out there, and now you can join the excitement with this information-packed guide. Want to edit graphics? Create a spreadsheet? Manage groups? Set up an NFS server? You'll learn it all and more with the expert guidance, tips, and techniques in this first-ever soup-to-nuts book on Ubuntu. From the basics for newcomers to enterprise management for system administrators, it's what you need to succeed with Ubuntu.

  • Master the fundamentals for desktop and networks
  • Send e-mail, share files, edit text, and print
  • Download music, watch DVDs, and play games
  • Use Ubuntu on laptops, go wireless, or synch it with your PDA
  • Set up Web, mail, print, DNS, DHCP, and other servers
  • Manage groups and secure your network

What's on the CD-ROM?

Test-drive Ubuntu on your computer without changing a thing using the bootable Ubuntu Desktop Live CD included with this book. If you decide to install it permanently, a simple, easy-to-use installer is provided. Also on the CD, you'll find:

  • Popular open-source software for Microsoft® Windows®, such as AbiWord, Firefox®, GIMP, and more
  • An easy-to-use application that simplifies installing these programs on your Microsoft Windows system

System Requirements: Please see the "About the CD-ROM Appendix" for details and complete system requirements.

About the Author

William von Hagen (Bill) has been a Unix system administrator for over twenty 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, Linux Filesystems, SUSE Linux, Red Hat Linux, GCC, 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 vonhagen@vonhagen.org.

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Customer Reviews

The book is great from the perspective of those who want ubuntu for desktop use.
Richard E. Graves
I know increasing the font size would further add to a 900 page book, which is already too hard to handle.
H. K. Juelch
You will learn how to add/delete/maintain users and user groups and manage permissions.
G. Tairov

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By G. Tairov VINE VOICE on 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 By Richard E. Graves on 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 By C. Chartier on May 21, 2008
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Kniskern on March 20, 2007
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By sonytoao on 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 By Kevin Major on March 20, 2008
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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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