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Linux Beginners Are Well Served by this Book,
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I've owned and used the first two editions of "Beginning Ubuntu Linux". Third Edition. All three are thick books that contain considerable useful information. All you need to quickly get up and running with Ubuntu. Along with the "Linux Bible", it is the best introduction & transition tool into the Linux world.
No book is perfect. Both books contain some wordy sections but readers will come with different experiences and knowledge areas. So, I am reluctant to say which pages should be deleted. I came to "Ubuntu Linux" from years of experience with Windows 3.1 to XP and a solid knowledge of PC hardware & external components. There are about 100 pages I didn't need but I suspect there are other people who need some, part of, or all of those 100 pages.
I find the background information invaluable, even though I already knew much of it.
Here and there I obtained information and explanations that enhanced my already extensive understanding of PC hardware and what Operating Systems do.
The author does an excellent job of explaining the important differences between Windows and Linux. He begins with a discussion of the important differences between Windows and Linux file structures, which significantly speeds readers understanding of how to use Linux. Simply telling us that Linux treats everything as a file, including external components, hard drives, digital cameras, printers, etc., saves the beginner a lot of headache.
I highly recommend "Beginning Ubuntu" for new comers to Linux and for those who have some knowledge and experience. If you are completely new to Linux, I recommend you also consider buying "Linux Bible" as well.
If you jump into using Linux having first consulted both books, you are extremely likely to stick with Linux long enough to learn why so many people love Linux and would never consider moving back to Windows. Countless people, fed up with Windows, try Linux and very quickly return to Windows because they could not find a "C" prompt. The basic early section of "Beginning" will insure you are not one of these people.
I seriously doubt you will toss out Ubunbu Linux & Linux in general if you have "Beginning Ubuntu Linux". Instead, you will preservere long enough to learn the beauties of Linux computing..
Especially delightful is the built in security, the absence of huge security programs that rob ram memory and processor resources (slow down you PC) and waste your time keeping you from doing things you wish to do, absence of a goofy Registry that is responsible for most Windows crashes (another big time waster and expense).
Gone will be time wasting hard drive defrag sessions, as Linux design doesn't promote constant file fragmentation.