- Paperback: 437 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (April 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596804849
- ISBN-13: 978-0596804848
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,254,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have the following issues with this book:
- Doesn't really cover much more than is in the free "Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04". In fact it seems a bit of a rip-off of that free manual
- It doesn't cover how to install software that is not acquired through the Synaptic Package Manager. This is one of the biggest problems with Ubuntu -- the installation of non-Ubuntu packaged software products, such as the Oracle Clients that only come in RPM distributions.
- Use of command line and discussion of command is very limited. Again, okay for the beginner, but nothing for the power user. Also, although the UNIX command line commands are shown, it's not explained how you might use these for anything useful (except the apt and apt-get commands, which are well done).
- Very limited discussion of Ubuntu 10.04...a lot of "Ver 10.04 was still in Beta as this book when to press". I believe this book should have been delayed a couple of months and focused on V 10.04 more
So as I said...excellent for those new to Ubuntu, but of limited value to anyone who is already using Ubuntu and is upgrading to V 10.04.
(Just understand this book is for version 10.04) So a few things have changed but overall the majority of this book is still relevent to even the latest 12.04 !
At any rate I have been using Linux/Ubuntu part time since version 7.10 and what seems to happen each time is a new Distro comes out I run it for a couple of day's/weeks and then give up on at as like other Windows vetrans I have become set in my Windows ways.
This book was the final piece in the puzzle for me along with a strong desire to become a full time Linux user/admin and drop the MS Crack Habbit which afflicts hundreds of millions the world over.
Next up I just started to read the Oreily books on Bash shell and become proficient with it and eventally tackle Linux + certification with one of the books on that, wish me luck and I hope my review helps.
There is quite a change from Ubuntu 9.10 to Ubuntu 10.04, and this book attempts to bridge between them; or more precisely, it's written for ver 9 - with only a short paragraph or two at the end of some chapters detailing the changes for ver 10. Even the included CD is for ver 9.
To be fair, with Ubuntu releases every 6 months, its hard for a publisher to keep up.
However, there is such a significant change from ver 9 to ver 10, and with ver 10 being a LTS (Long Term Support) version, it will be around awhile, so it would have been far better to take a bit more time to write the book for just ver 10.
But after all of that, the book is a beginner's guide, not a "Power User" guide as the book claims.
I recommend this book to anyone wanting to dabble in Ubuntu Linux