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Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition: Covering 13.10 and 14.04 (9th Edition) [Paperback]

by Matthew Helmke
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November 25, 2013 0672336936 978-0672336935 9

Ubuntu Unleashed 2014 Edition is filled with unique and advanced information for everyone who wants to make the most of the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and updated by a long-time Ubuntu community leader to reflect the exciting new Ubuntu 13.10 and the forthcoming Ubuntu 14.04.


Former Ubuntu Forum administrator Matthew Helmke covers all you need to know about Ubuntu 13.10/14.04 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 Ubuntu’s Unity interface, various types of servers, software repositories, database options, virtualization and cloud services, development tools, monitoring, troubleshooting, Ubuntu’s push into mobile and other touch screen devices, and much more.


Matthew Helmke served from 2006 to 2011 on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums, 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 and is the lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book. He works for Pearson Education writing technical documentation for educational
testing software.


Detailed information on how to…

  • Configure and customize the Unity desktop
  • Get started with multimedia and productivity applications, including LibreOffice
  • Manage Linux services, users, and software packages
  • Administer and run Ubuntu from the command line
  • 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, DNS, and HTTP servers (Apache, Nginx, 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
  • Learn about Ubuntu’s work toward usability on touch-screen and phone devices


Ubuntu 13.10 on DVD

DVD includes the full Ubuntu 13.10 distribution for Intel x86 computers as well as the complete LibreOffice office suite and hundreds of additional programs and utilities.

Free Kick Start Chapter!

Purchase this book and receive a free Ubuntu 14.04 Kick Start chapter after Ubuntu 14.04 is released. See inside back cover for details



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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.


Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,337 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ubuntu Unleashed 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really great Ubuntu resource!!! 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
Part-I Installation and configuration
Part-II Desktop Ubuntu
Part-III System administration
Part-IV Ubuntu as a server
Part-V Programming Linux

My comment about the Ubuntu DVD installation process:

Part I, also called Getting Started has two chapters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Written By An Ubuntu Insider 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book 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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