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5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it!, September 18, 2006
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. :-)
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