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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04 (8th Edition) [Paperback]

by Matthew Helmke
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December 15, 2012 0672336243 978-0672336249 8
Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition is filled with unique and advanced information for everyone who wants to make the most of the Ubuntu Linux operating system. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by a long-time Ubuntu community leader to reflect the exciting new Ubuntu 12.10 (“Quantal Quetzal”) and the forthcoming Ubuntu 13.04.

Former Ubuntu Forum administrator Matthew Helmke covers all you need to know about Ubuntu 12.10/13.04 installation, configuration, productivity, multimedia, development, system administration, server operations, networking, virtualization, security, DevOps, and more—including intermediate-to-advanced techniques you won’t find in any other book.

Helmke presents up-to-the-minute introductions to Ubuntu’s key productivity and Web development tools, programming languages, hardware support, and more. You’ll find new or improved coverage of navigation via Unity Dash, wireless networking, VPNs, software repositories, new NoSQL database options, virtualization and cloud services, new programming languages and development tools, monitoring, troubleshooting, and more.

  • Configure and customize the Unity desktop and make the most of the Dash
  • Get started with multimedia and productivity applications, including LibreOffice
  • Manage Linux services, users, and software packages
  • Administer and run Ubuntu from the command line (with added coverage of stdin, stdout, sdterr, redirection, and file comparison)
  • Automate tasks and use shell scripting
  • Provide secure remote access and configure a secure VPN
  • Manage kernels and modules
  • Administer file, print, email, proxy, LDAP, and HTTP servers (Apache or alternatives)
  • Learn about new options for managing large numbers of servers
  • Work with databases (both SQL and the newest NoSQL alternatives)
  • Get started with virtualization
  • Build a private cloud with Juju and Charms
  • Learn the basics about popular programming languages including Python, PHP, Perl, and new alternatives such as Go and Rust

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About the Author

Matthew Helmke is an active member of the Ubuntu community. He served from 2006 to 2011 on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums ( www.ubuntuforums.org ), and spent two years on the Ubuntu regional membership approval board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has written about Ubuntu for several magazines and websites, is a lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book, and coauthored The VMware Cookbook. He works as a senior technical writer for Pearson North America’s Assessment and Information division, documenting assessment software. Matthew first used Unix in 1987 while studying LISP on a Vax at the university. He has run a business using only free and open source software, has consulted, and has a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. 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.

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 MacFormat, 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 8 edition (December 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672336243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672336249
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Matthew Helmke is a husband, a father of three, and a writer. He has been a techy person since he got his first computer in 1981, a TRS-80 Color Computer--the original CoCo, the one with the silver case. He first used Unix in 1987 while studying Lisp on a Vax at the university and has been a fan since. When Linux came around, Matthew was thrilled. He has used Ubuntu as his main operating system since 2005.

In addition to writing, Matthew is also a musician who plays the guitar and the bass. He plays in a local band and has played as a studio musician for other artists. He lived in Morocco for 7 years, is an avid and voracious reader, speaks several languages, has worked as an information consultant on topics including culture, language, religion, and computers.

Matthew's main website is at http://matthewhelmke.com/.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book January 31, 2013
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It is easy to read,
If you have the 2012 Edition you can skip this one.

You will learn everything about Ubuntu and you will become a Linux power user.
The author assumes that you are comfortable with computers and know at least the basics of computing and networking.
If you are a novice then you will have to read this book slowly. (Even so you will learn)

You will learn:
GUI (Graphical User interface)
Terminal (Linux Commands)
Setting up Servers
Installing Software
Terminal Tricks
Troubleshooting Ubuntu.

It covers everything as promised.
Keep in mind that if you want to know about something else or about other commands in the commands (Arguments) the author shows you how to do this in the computer by calling the OS Documentation. Otherwise you will learn to use the most important and useful commands

I recommend this book :)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Simply put, this is a solid primer for someone who is unfamiliar with Ubuntu or other Debian based distros, and perhaps for someone who has never used Linux. It is well written, comfortably sized in terms of content, and is fairly well organized. Probably not a book for the Linux expert, but for the rest of us, it is a nice addition to the technical library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Linux Source September 6, 2013
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I have been using Ubuntu since 2007, now that I'm reading this book, I realize how little I knew about the system itself... Is not boring and the examples are documented nicely!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks like the definitive guide June 5, 2013
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The pressure is on! There's no way I could have gotten everything I need to from this book this fast, so I can't give it 5 stars. Yet.

I had checked a copy out of the public library a few months ago so I could make the best of my latest piece of home-made electronics, and it was enough to convince me I needed a copy to keep. Now I have one, and it's turning into a lot of fun (and lost sleep).

Bottom line, I know of no other basic guide to Ubunto that has more information in a pretty readable format.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book February 26, 2013
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The book is well written. As a novice I have learned a lot and would now consider myself an intermediate user with a good idea of what I need to learn, rather than no idea where to begin in the wider Linux world.

On the flip-side, the book can become arcane at times. I know what to expect from the IT genre, but another round of editing for superfluous tangents could have been good for the book.

Overall it's a great resource and I have recommended it to friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource March 28, 2013
By joshua
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a bargain for anyone interested in learning a particular Linux Distro. It covers a LOT of material for an "overview" style book.
Good stuff!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for Newbies March 24, 2013
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I'm not a "teckie", but know about enough to be considered dangerous. I found this book very easy to read and understand, and have used it mostly as a reference guide to help me further familiarize myself with Ubuntu. I'd recommend it to anyone with even basic computer skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for "Beginners" August 22, 2013
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Strongly recommended this book for beginners. It's easy to understand and follow. However, if you're an experienced unix/linux user and want to be the hardcore Linux, then find something else like "A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux" by Mark G. Sobell. I've been using Solaris for the past 12 years I finished this book in one weekend :-) It could be a quick refresh for an interview too.
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