- Series: Hacks
- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780596527204
- ISBN-13: 978-0596527204
- ASIN: 0596527209
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ubuntu Hacks: Tips & Tools for Exploring, Using, and Tuning Linux 1st Edition
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About the Author
Jonathan Oxer is the founder and technical director of Internet Vision Technologies in Australia, as well as the past president of Linux Australia, the national organization for Linux users, developers, and vendors.
Kyle Rankin is a system administrator who enjoys troubleshooting, problem solving, and system recovery. He is also the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks for O'Reilly Media. He has been using Linux in many different forms since 1998, and has used live CDs to demo Linux and troubleshoot machines -- from DemoLinux to the LinuxCare bootable toolbox to Knoppix.
Bill Childers is Director of Enterprise Systems for Quinstreet, Inc. He's been working with Linux and Unix since before it was cool, and previously worked for Sun Microsystems and Set Engineering.
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I've been running Ubuntu Linux as my primary operating system for a bit less than three months. There've been a few teeth-gnashing, table-pounding "Linux moments", but on the whole Ubuntu's installability, basic configurability, and usability are all superior to other Linux distributions I've tried and abandoned over the past three or so years.
But, like a lot of people I've run Windows most of the time. That means there's bound to be a lot about Linux in general, and Ubuntu in particular, that I don't know. This is where Ubuntu Hacks provides useful and usable information that helped me "comfortabilize" Ubuntu.
The primary categories of information in Ubuntu Hacks are (a) adjusting stuff that's already there, and (b) installing new, useful stuff that's not part of a default installation. Between those two categories, Ubuntu Hacks will help a new Ubuntu user become more thoroughly oriented with his or her new Linux system. To cite but one example, Ubuntu Hacks enabled me to install and configure the free VMware Server that allows me to run a Windows virtual machine "under" Linux. This in turn is greatly reducing the number of times I need to boot into my dual-boot computer's Windows partition...
Finally, I'll add that over the past year or so I've cut *way* back on the number of technical books I'm buying. A book must provide me not only with information, but organize and present that information in a way that allows me to efficiently locate and apply it. Ubuntu Hacks fulfills that requirement.
This book is slightly more advanced but very helpful, more of a reference format, rather than straight reading (though you can do that.) As far as the datedness of the book compared to the versions of Ubuntu out, that doesn't seem to be an issue.
O'Reilly didn't disappoint, and for the price i got it used (great condition) i feel like it was an excellent purchase.
It is not a book to learn how to program extensive and complex scripts although it presents some small examples.
Some examples are out-of-date and that is why the rate 4 but there is always a way to workaround specially looking at the forums.
It has chapters as "Package Management", "Security" and "Administration" that I found very useful and can make me save a lot of my time.
I recommend the book for newbies in Ubuntu.
My only regret was that the book had some errors or missing updates such that some of their "hacks" did not work. Their web site that supposedly addresses these problems is way out of date.