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I recommend it!,
This review is from: Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook (Paperback)
As its title implies, this book targets non-geeks: anyone who today
uses a computer, whether it be a windows machine or a mac, or linux.
I find the author is true to the book's audience, and its objectives.
Whether you just recently started using Ubuntu, or whether you're thinking
about making the switch, this book will help you.
The author's experience with computers, with Linux, and with Ubuntu
specifically really shows through. Although I'm a geek, and although
I've been using Ubuntu for approximately a year and a half, there were
still a number of things I learned from this book.
A practical book, easy to read. Also a quick read. You won't find yourself
spending an inordinate amount of time wading through the book. The book
invites you to your computer and to follow along and get things done in your
environment as you go through each chapter. Also, you're not forced into
having to follow the book sequentially. You can easily skip around to the
chapters that interest you. I like the broad coverage of many topics; many
go beyond strictly Ubuntu, and help you get the most out of your computer.
Some sample topics it covers include: installing and running business
applications, working with images, digital cameras, audio, your iPod, and
working with various media players.
So, this is a practical book, and it makes for an excellent companion on
your road to making the most of your Ubuntu desktop. Instead of having to
discover many applications the long, tedious way, you'll end up hitting the
ground running. You end up saving time.
Besides being a well-written, well-organized book, what is most important
to me is who the author is. Reading this book, the author's experience shows.
He knows what he's talking about; he's been using computers, Linux, and
Ubuntu for a while.
Finally, and importantly, this book is up to date. It covers the Dapper
Drake release of Ubuntu, which just came out in June 2006. I personally
have been a great fan of Ubuntu Linux. Many years ago I used windows. Then
I switched to Apple's MacOSX, which to me served as a great stepping stone
to Ubuntu. Come join the movement. :-)