Ubuntu for Non-geeks: A Pain-free, Project-based, Get-things-done Guidebook

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No Starch Press, 2008 - Computers - 336 pages
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"A fast, crystal-clear topical tour of the amazing collective accomplishment embodied in Ubuntu."-Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Ubuntu 8.04 has been hailed as the Linux distribution for newbies, and it's certainly the Linux for the less geeky among us. Even the name is user friendly-it's a South African term that translates roughly as "humanity toward others" and could also describe author Rickford Grant's approach to teaching Linux.

Full of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition is a hands-on, project-based guide to Ubuntu 8.04 for those interested in-but nervous about-switching to the Linux operating system. This edition has been updated for Hardy Heron, the latest Ubuntu release (8.04), with its improved multimedia support and desktop effects. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you've learned.

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks covers those day-to-day tasks that most non-geeks will want to perform, like how to:

  • Download and install free software, games, and utilities
  • Connect to wired and wireless networks or transfer files via Bluetooth
  • Configure printers, scanners, monitors, and USB flash drives
  • Watch DVDs, listen to music, and even sync your iPod
  • Edit and share your digital photos and videos
  • Customize the look and feel of your system
  • Tackle more advanced tasks like working with commands and using Windows applications

Whether you're new to computers, looking for a pain-free way to make the Linux switch, or just want a low-cost alternative to Windows, Ubuntu 8.04 is easier than ever. Try it and you'll see.

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Review: Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook

User Review  - Armand - Goodreads

This was a handy guide that helped me get through the initial steps of getting MS Windows off my home computer and switching to Ubuntu OS instead. Because Ubuntu gets a major update every six months ... Read full review

Review: Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook

User Review  - Wm - Goodreads

A few good tips and projects. Would be very good for someone who is interested in Ubuntu but hasn't played around with it at all. I did learn about a couple of interesting applications to install so it was worth the read. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Rickford Grant is the author of Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been a computer operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is currently working as a teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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