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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04 (8th Edition) 8th Edition

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Matthew Helmke is an active member of the Ubuntu community. He served from 2006 to 2011 on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums ( www.ubuntuforums.org ), and spent two years on the Ubuntu regional membership approval board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has written about Ubuntu for several magazines and websites, is a lead author of The Official Ubuntu Book, and coauthored The VMware Cookbook. He works as a senior technical writer for Pearson North America’s Assessment and Information division, documenting assessment software. Matthew first used Unix in 1987 while studying LISP on a Vax at the university. He has run a business using only free and open source software, has consulted, and has a master’s degree in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. You can find out more about Matthew at matthewhelmke.com or drop him a line with errata or suggestions at matthew@matthewhelmke.com .

Andrew Hudson is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about Linux. He has significant experience in Red Hat and Debian-based Linux distributions and deployments and can often be found sitting at his keyboard tweaking various settings and config files just for the hell of it. He lives in Wiltshire, which is a county of England, along with his wife, Bernice, and their son, John. Andrew does not like Emacs.

Paul Hudson is a recognized expert in open-source technologies. He is also a professional developer and full-time journalist for Future Publishing. His articles have appeared in MacFormat, PC Answers, PC Format, PC Plus, and Linux Format . Paul is passionate about free software in all its forms and uses a mix of Linux and BSD to power his desktops and servers. Paul likes Emacs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 888 pages
  • Publisher: Sams Publishing; 8 edition (December 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672336243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672336249
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #953,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. V. Cadena on January 31, 2013
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It is easy to read,
If you have the 2012 Edition you can skip this one.

You will learn everything about Ubuntu and you will become a Linux power user.
The author assumes that you are comfortable with computers and know at least the basics of computing and networking.
If you are a novice then you will have to read this book slowly. (Even so you will learn)

You will learn:
GUI (Graphical User interface)
Terminal (Linux Commands)
Setting up Servers
Installing Software
Terminal Tricks
Troubleshooting Ubuntu.

It covers everything as promised.
Keep in mind that if you want to know about something else or about other commands in the commands (Arguments) the author shows you how to do this in the computer by calling the OS Documentation. Otherwise you will learn to use the most important and useful commands

I recommend this book :)
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Simply put, this is a solid primer for someone who is unfamiliar with Ubuntu or other Debian based distros, and perhaps for someone who has never used Linux. It is well written, comfortably sized in terms of content, and is fairly well organized. Probably not a book for the Linux expert, but for the rest of us, it is a nice addition to the technical library.
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The pressure is on! There's no way I could have gotten everything I need to from this book this fast, so I can't give it 5 stars. Yet.

I had checked a copy out of the public library a few months ago so I could make the best of my latest piece of home-made electronics, and it was enough to convince me I needed a copy to keep. Now I have one, and it's turning into a lot of fun (and lost sleep).

Bottom line, I know of no other basic guide to Ubunto that has more information in a pretty readable format.
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By AP on February 26, 2013
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The book is well written. As a novice I have learned a lot and would now consider myself an intermediate user with a good idea of what I need to learn, rather than no idea where to begin in the wider Linux world.

On the flip-side, the book can become arcane at times. I know what to expect from the IT genre, but another round of editing for superfluous tangents could have been good for the book.

Overall it's a great resource and I have recommended it to friends.
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Strongly recommended this book for beginners. It's easy to understand and follow. However, if you're an experienced unix/linux user and want to be the hardcore Linux, then find something else like "A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux" by Mark G. Sobell. I've been using Solaris for the past 12 years I finished this book in one weekend :-) It could be a quick refresh for an interview too.
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I have been using Ubuntu since 2007, now that I'm reading this book, I realize how little I knew about the system itself... Is not boring and the examples are documented nicely!
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This book kept me employed, I was asked to make and ftp on Ubuntu Linux with authorization policies. The reason was we did not want mainstream ftp servers is because hacking them was well known. We mixed layers of different software languages with encryption. This book was a great help to me.
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I am often disappointed with technical books but this one is very nice. Very clear and nicely written, and thorough. Even when some details on a topic are missing, this is indicated, so you can know what to search for elsewhere in case you need to. I installed Ubuntu on a Mac partition so I have it along with OSX on the same computer, and obviously the book does not cover something unusual like that, but this book was still very helpful for my install, along with the Mac-specific stuff I found on the web. An excellent reference not just for Ubuntu but Linux in general, especially Debian on which Ubuntu is based. Sure, all the info is on the web but I found it much more efficient to find what I need in this well-organized book, plus I can mark this up, etc. It is good for both beginners and more advanced users. Much recommended.
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