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Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users 1st ed. 2015 Edition

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Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users is your comprehensive guide to using Ubuntu. You already know how to use a computer running Windows or OS X, but learning a new operating system can feel daunting. If you've been afraid to try Ubuntu because you don't know where to start, this book will show you how to get the most out of Ubuntu for work, home, and play. You'll be introduced to a wide selection of software and settings that will make your computer ready to work for you.


Ubuntu makes your computing life easy. Ubuntu's Software Updater keeps all of your software secure and up-to-date. Browsing the Internet becomes faster and safer. Creating documents and sharing with others is built right in. Enjoying your music and movie libraries helps you unwind. In addition to a tour of Ubuntu's modern and easy-to-use interface, you'll also learn how to:

• Understand the advantages of Ubuntu and its variants―Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and more

• Install Ubuntu on its own or alongside your computer's existing operating system

• Search Ubuntu's catalog of thousands of applications―all ready to install with a single click

• Work with files and disks that were created with Windows and OS X

• Run simple, interesting tasks and games using the command line

• Customize Ubuntu in powerful ways and get work done with virtual machines

Ubuntu is the world’s third most popular operating system and powers desktop and laptop computers, servers, private and public clouds, phones and tablets, and embedded devices. There's never been a better time to install Ubuntu and move to an open source way of life. Get started with Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users today!

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. 2015 edition (September 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1484206096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484206096
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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# What is in it?

The book is divided into six different chapters and two appendices. It was written by Nathan Haines, who is a long time Ubuntu User, Ubuntu Community Contributor and organisator of UbuCon at SCaLE. The book was published by Apress and has a length of 244 pages.

The book starts with some information about the author, about the technical reviewer and the acknowledgments. In the introduction Nathan gives a decent introduction into Ubuntu, where he covers the main topics of Ubuntu. This includes the special parts of Ubuntu, the philosophy and some information about Linux itself.

The first chapter deals with the installation of Ubuntu. It not only covers the standard Ubuntu Desktop Installation with Unity, but also the different flavors. This includes Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and also Ubuntu Server. He gives detailed instructions how to install the system and what the effects of the different actions are. The title of the book is saying, that it is targeted for Windows and Mac users. Therefore, the whole instructions are written in way that Windows and Mac users see the differences between the systems and they can also create the installation DVDs and USB-Sticks from their system. It also covers the installation of a dual-boot installation, either with Windows or with running Mac OS X alongside Ubuntu.

The introduction and installation already covered roughly a quarter of the book. In the second chapter, the topic is how to getting started with Ubuntu. In this part, it gives an introduction how to use the Unity Desktop, where you find the Dash, what the indicators are and showing how to use the Unity-HUD.
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I caught Nathan Haines' seminar on writing and publishing books with free software on YouTube and I knew right away he was one of those sharp and funny computer gurus who could explain things in a fun, educational and entertaining way to even the most dense of computer geeks (that would be me) -- and his "Beginning Ubuntu" didn't disappoint. Trust me when I say I don't know Linux from Lucy, and the phrase "open source" used to send me off into some inexplicable diving board jump-off haze, but after I read this book, I walked away with not only the confidence to jump into the growing Ubuntu community, but a complete comfort level with the treasure chest of free software Haines lays out for home and business use. This book is the brand new bible of Ubuntu, the go-to for everything, and Haines takes it a step at a time with the wit, clarity and cohesiveness that'll appeal to everyone from the novice like me all the way up to the clear experts like him. For anybody who has even remotely considered leaving the familiar but frequently-frustrating nest of the WIndows or Mac OS X operating systems behind, this is the book that'll give you wings. Absolutely inspiring direction and confidence.
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