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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04 (9th Edition) Paperback – November 25, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0672336935 ISBN-10: 0672336936 Edition: 9th

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  • Series: Unleashed
  • Paperback: 900 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 9 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672336936
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672336935
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.1 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,138 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 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. 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 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. Paul can be contacted through http://hudzilla.org.

 


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Matthew Helmke 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 has played in a local band, as a guest musician sitting in with other groups, and 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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Very clearly and nicely written, and thorough.
dini
I plan on upgrading this spring because 14.04 will be a long term support release like 12.04 was, but 13.10 will be transiently supported.
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I'm not a rank beginner, but I am a novice and it's good reading.
Richard J. Kalwaic

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Matthew Helmke does a great job covering all the bases for newer Ubuntu users (introduces the desktop interfaces as well as the command line) to the new features for the more advanced Ubuntu users (virtualization, OpenStack, Juju, etc). This book even covers some of the new capabilities for supporting touch/mobile platforms.

If you want to learn more about Mir, the replacement for X, this book does not cover that. Mir is considered ready for use by testers but is not the default in 13.10 and will not be the default in the new 14.04 LTS.

This 2014 Edition covers both Desktop and Server. If you want to set up a LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) web server, you're set. There are primer sections for Perl, PHP, and Python. It also covers Nginx, FTP server, email server, PostgreSQL, NoSQL, etc.

This is an excellent reference for the home user, network professional, or tinkerer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Kalwaic on January 8, 2014
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Huge tome. Very thorough. The first time user should have no problems with it. I'm not a rank beginner, but I am a novice and it's good reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By invisible on March 8, 2014
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This is a really great manual, not a Betty Crocker cookbook of Ubuntu! This the only supplement to the Ubuntu website I needed to get me back into Linux.

Windows XPocalypse encourages this return after 20+ years (Actually 25 years for Unix and version 2 for Linux) so I'm a bit rusty. It is sort of like coming home from a long trip and finding that your family has completely refurnished the house, thrown out the junk and added a home entertainment center. I needed a good guide and this is the perfect one.

The book is written in the traditional manner of its predecessors. It well organized and there are visible (but not tactile) gray chapter number marker tabs on the page margins. Organization is in Parts/Chapters/Subchapters, with tips and notes highlighted.

As the author says on page 3 "This book varies in its coverage from deep to shallow over its wide range of topics. This is intentional." As a reader I really like this a lot. There are sufficient headings, subheadings and other cues so that readers can either add or subtract from their reading depending on their level of need for detail. You see that same style of book organization in a lot of the old FORTRAN and DOS tutorial books, but for some reason it seems to have gotten lost by some writers in this ADHD century.

Here are the major parts of the book:
Contents at a Glance
Table of Contents
Introduction
Part-I Installation and configuration
Part-II Desktop Ubuntu
Part-III System administration
Part-IV Ubuntu as a server
Part-V Programming Linux
Index
DVD

My comment about the Ubuntu DVD installation process:

Part I, also called Getting Started has two chapters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ScienceGuy on March 21, 2014
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The book is well written and authoritative. I'm well grounded in UNIX and Linux, and I'm returning to Linux after an absence of about 5 years. I'm new to the Ubuntu distribution. I think this book will be very helpful to newcomers and seasoned veterans alike. Matthew Helmke has a very relaxed writing style that I find easy to read.

The big surprise for me was the insight into the Ubuntu software development and management processes.

Well done!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clawhand Luke on December 26, 2013
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I'm fairly experienced with Linux but I am still learning a lot from this book. It is very thorough and detailed and particularly helpful if you use the Unity interface.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Godwin Effiong on December 15, 2013
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Detailed explanation with relevant examples. The author definitely understands the product. A must-have for all Ubuntu users bookshelf. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By playerdark on June 3, 2014
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I think this is a good summary of the more important things about Ubuntu. It doesn't go into the depth I wished for. for instance, the Unity GUI is so weird for the standard Windows user (talking about Windows up to version 7 here) that more material on this would be necessary. Unity is the first thing you see about Ubuntu Linux and it is hard to master so I think there should be more material on this.
Other things are touched but then not handled in depth quoting that it would be too much material to cover in the book. I think the book should leave out some of the more obscure aspects and rather focus on a more in depth approach of the more important things.
Still it is a good overview for a total newcommer like myself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dini on May 23, 2014
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I purchased the 2013 edition but a new one comes out each year which is nearly identical, and I figure no one is looking at the 2013 edition reviews anymore so I'll copy/paste here what I wrote for that one:
I am often disappointed with technical books but this one is very nice. Very clearly and nicely written, and thorough. Even when some details on a topic are missing, this is indicated, so you can know what to search for elsewhere in case you need to. I installed Ubuntu on a Mac partition so I have it along with OSX on the same computer, and obviously the book does not cover something unusual like that, but this book was still very helpful for my install, along with the Mac-specific stuff I found on the web. An excellent reference not just for Ubuntu but Linux in general, especially Debian on which Ubuntu is based. Sure, all the info is on the web but I found it much more efficient to find what I need in this well-organized book, plus I can mark this up, etc. It is good for both beginners and more advanced users. It is also nice that they keep it up to date with the (usually) minor changes that occur with new Ubuntu releases, but it means there are not many reviews per edition, so maybe look at reviews also for earlier editions if you are undecided about whether or not to get this book.
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