5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginners,
This review is from: Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook (Book + CD-Rom) (Paperback)
I became interested in ubuntu after hearing about it from some of my friends working tech support. While I am not exactly a "non geek" I am totally clueless as to the world of Linux, and was always a little afraid of it because of the whole idea of doing everything thru a command line, which I have not done regularly since the DOS days and Windows 3.11 (my first desktop computer). While I found Ubuntu's forums helpful for specific problems, slogging thru them for the sake of general education was a bit too time consuming for me, so I started looking at and buying books on basic Ubuntu. I currently own Keir Thomas' Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Ubuntu Hacks, and this book, the Third edition of Ubuntu for Non-Geeks. While Keir Thomas' Beginning book is in depth and covers a bit more in the way of troubleshooting each step, it's kind of clinical and reads like a text book. For Non-Geeks on the other hand, seems a bit more of a basic approach, has some very good step by step projects to get you comfortable doing each of the different tasks along the way. After getting a little ways into both books I found myself thinking that even my parents could run Linux with Ubuntu for Non-Geeks in their hands. It really is directed at the average "i just turn the computer on and go to the internet" user. I'm sure there are still some people out there who would struggle, but I enjoy the authors attempt to make the reader less nervous about each step, and including some "hey now that you know how to do this lets have some fun with it" projects. If you are looking for more of an authoritative source approach that is still somewhat basic, go with the Keir Thomas book, but if you want to be talked thru it the way that really nice patient tech support guy would, this is the book for you.