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Ubuntu Unleashed 2011 Edition: Covering 10.10 and 11.04 (6th Edition) Paperback – December 24, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0672333446 ISBN-10: 0672333449 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 6 edition (December 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672333449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672333446
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,018,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Matthew Helmke is an active member of the Ubuntu community. He is an administrator for the Ubuntu Forums (ubuntuforums.org) and chairman of the Ubuntu Forums Council. He coauthored the most recent editions of The Official Ubuntu Book. Matthew first used UNIX in 1987 while studying LISP on a Vax in a summer program at Northern Arizona University. He has run a business using only free and open-source software, has consulted, and is currently working on a master's degree in Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona while working as the Senior Technical Documentation Specialist for iPlant Collaborative (iplantcollaborative.org). The iPlant Collaborative project, among other things, is creating an advanced cyberinfrastructure to help biologists solve grand challenges in the plant sciences. You can find out more about Matthew at matthewhelmke.com or drop him a line with errata or suggestions at matthew@matthewhelmke.com.
 
Andrew Hudson is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about Linux. He has significant experience in Red Hat and Debian-based Linux distributions and deployments and can often be found sitting at his keyboard tweaking various settings and config files just for the hell of it. He lives in Wiltshire, which is a county of England, along with his wife, Bernice, and their son, John. Andrew does not like Emacs. He can be reached at andy.hudson@gmail.com.
 
Paul Hudson is a recognized expert in open-source technologies. He is also a professional developer and full-time journalist for Future Publishing. His articles have appeared in Mac Format, PC Answers, PC Format, PC Plus, and Linux Format. Paul is passionate about free software in all its forms and uses a mix of Linux and BSD to power his desktops and servers. Paul likes Emacs. Paul can be contacted through hudzilla.org.

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This book gets my highest recommendation.
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There are still quite a bit of errors in the book, ranging from formatting errors to images being out of order to incorrect forward references to typos in commands.
Rob Spoor
As is is usual, the book includes an installation disk for Ubuntu 10.10; but if you register your book on line, you can get a free upgrade disk for 11.04.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jtronix on February 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
At the time I'm writing this there's one review below written by Mr. Stump who is spiteful because he wiped out his Windows file system.

So let me offer some advice:
This book mentions a program called Wubi that will allow you to install Ubuntu from within Windows (in MINUTES I might add) and won't wipe out your MBR or your files because you ignorantly hit "Format disk" without knowing exactly what it meant.

Now, I have tried to use Linux a few times in the past and the learning curve makes it difficult to operate. I'm incredibly proficient with PCs running Windows, but Linux has always been pretty difficult for me.

This book has helped clear up many of the things I didn't understand before. Currently I'm only in Chapter 11 but I've learned more about running Linux in the last four hours reading this book than I ever have before.

Give it a shot!

Don't be like Mr. Stump and wipe out your file system.

Maybe do a little research first. Learn what partitioning is. Maybe use another Linux disc called Parted Magic to resize and partition your drive properly using the right file system.
Maybe not blame a good book and give it one star for your own ignorant actions.

Okay I'm done.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Satisfied_Customer on June 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am new to Linux and of course to Ubuntu. I have used DOS for two decades, so I am used to command line prompts, and to Mac OS X which is a GUI interface over unix, another command line prompt operating system.

Ubuntu was recommended to me to try as it has the best of both worlds: a Mac-like GUI over a unix-type command line prompt system. I was doing all right with Ubuntu until I found this book; then my knowledge of Ubuntu and Linux went up exponentially!

This book gets my highest recommendation. It is easy to use and to understand. No need to hire a tutor; this book has it all! Thank you for writing this book. It explains everything an end user like myself needs to know.

10/10
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reba "fly me to the moon" on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
It is good book. It may be the best Ubuntu specific book for a not technical reader. I installed this Ubuntu 10.10, 4-Disks DVD Installation and Reference Set, Ed.2011 and while it comes with fair amount of books and info included, I found this book to be very useful and very specific. I will not be reading it from cover to cover, as I have no intention to write scripts or use all of the described features, but the book definitely delivers. I would agree with another review that much of the content is shared with a book for a previous version, but I see no problem in it. Ubuntu is still Ubuntu, bash is still bash and as far as the explanations work, I see no reason for an author to remake it. It apparently reflects the current state of affair in Ubuntu, it explains many things quite well. i got this book without disk, nor I needed one, but so far it was good reference book for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on March 10, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book has helped me with Ubuntu more than any online tutorial I've found. It's definitely worth the money.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob Spoor on March 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
According to the book, it presents "advanced coverage" of Ubuntu. After reading the book I have to disagree. It does handle a lot of topics (in no less than 36 chapters), but in just 681 pages; that's an average of 19 pages per chapter. The result of this is that the book is like a freight train at times - going through subjects in high speed without many details. Especially the two chapters on the command line suffer from this problem. The second one, "Command Line Masterclass", doesn't even mention using && and || or error stream redirecting. The book tries to tell it all, but because of this actually says little about a lot.

Another main problem is a poor editing job. There are still quite a bit of errors in the book, ranging from formatting errors to images being out of order to incorrect forward references to typos in commands. A few commands that I copied from the book don't even run on my Ubuntu 10.10 installation because of missing / incorrect parameters, and even a missing : in a PATH variable. The instructions also seem to be wrong at time; I could get neither SWAT nor PostgreSQL running properly using the instructions in the book.

And what's up with the promise of a "Free Upgrade to Ubuntu 11.04"? The DVD is only available to US and Canada residents, but of course you can also download it for free from the Ubuntu website.

In the end, I'm not saying it's a bad book; it did teach me a new trick or two. I just wouldn't recommend it.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of JavaRanch.com. This review has previously been posted on JavaRanch.com.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chuck219 on February 19, 2011
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Book is fairly good.
However, it lacks details on various problem solving as how to exactly install ubuntu.
I had the following error msgs: "no root file system is defined" and "error creating file system"
Only by going to the Ubuntu home page could I start reading about problem solving But; that is why I bought the book in the first place.....so I would not have to go on line in the middle of a installation to read while I am installing.

PS
after installing Ubuntu; I will never go back to MicoSoft!Which I prepaid for win7 and never got. CS said I was to late to get my prepaid copy I paid over $200.00 for Vista (slowboatochina) which I installed (what a mistake) but; never got my copy of Win7Ult. thank you MS for getting me to change over to Linux-Ubuntu
Ubuntu is very fast and NO lockups! Tons of legacy drivers for hardware, even for my very old Apple Image writer II and it actually ran the first time. I loaded it just to see if it actually worked and it did....the first time!
Again-thank you Bill Gates for getting me to change to Linux pgms and FREE too.
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