Beginning Ubuntu Linux (Google eBook)

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Apress, Aug 27, 2009 - Computers - 800 pages
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Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Fourth Edition is the update to the bestselling book on Ubuntu, today’s hottest Linux distribution. Targeting newcomers to Linux and to the Ubuntu distribution alike, readers are presented with an introduction to the world of Linux and open source community, followed by a detailed overview of Ubuntu’s installation and configuration process. From there readers learn how to wield total control over their newly installed operating system, and are guided through common tasks such as writing documents, listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, using VoIP and chat, and of course general system maintenance matters.

Additionally, there’s a series of comprehensive tutorials on Linux internals and the command–line prompt—essential for any Linux user—and the book includes special sections on optimization, security, and system maintenance.

The book comes with a DVD containing the complete Ubuntu Linux distribution. All you need to do is insert the DVD and follow the instructions in the book to install this distribution.

  • The ultimate guide to Ubuntu, the hottest Linux distribution on the planet.
  • Forgoes introductions to esoteric Linux topics so commonly found in other books and instead focuses on everyday tasks for everyday users: printer and file sharing configuration, office document management, and listening to MP3s and watching movies among them.
What you’ll learn
  • Use Ubuntu as a daily desktop replacement.
  • Complete all manner of office tasks, such as creating Microsoft Office–compatible documents and spreadsheets, using e–mail, and managing contacts.
  • Listen to MP3s and CDs, and watch movies using a user–friendly Linux desktop.
  • Configure Ubuntu’s printer– and file–sharing features to share resources seamlessly with other computers on your network.
  • Become a proficient user of the Linux command line.
Who this book is for

Beginning Linux users seeking to explore the popular Ubuntu distribution.

Table of Contents
  1. Welcome!
  2. A History and Politics Lesson
  3. The Realities of Running Linux
  4. Preinstallation Steps
  5. Installing Ubuntu
  6. Solving Installation Problems
  7. Booting Ubuntu for the First Time
  8. Getting Everything Up and Running
  9. How to Secure Your Computer
  10. Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right
  11. Ubuntu Replacements for Windows Programs
  12. Managing Your Files
  13. Introducing the BASH Shell
  14. Understanding Linux Files and Users
  15. Working with Text Files
  16. Taking Control of the System
  17. Cool Shell Tricks
  18. Digital Audio
  19. Movies and Multimedia
  20. Digital Photos
  21. Making the Move to
  22. Overview
  23. In Depth: Writer
  24. In Depth: Calc
  25. In Depth: Impress
  26. In Depth: Base
  27. In Depth: Evolution
  28. Installing and Removing Software
  29. Managing Users
  30. Optimizing Your System
  31. Backing Up Data
  32. Scheduling Tasks
  33. Accessing Computers Remotely

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User Review  - edecklund - LibraryThing

My 2006 first edition appears to have been upgraded to a third edition. It doesn't matter, I'll be installing Ubuntu on an old PentiumIII Windows 95 PC. It might actually be better to use the old edition. Read full review

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User Review  - dw0rd - LibraryThing

My 2006 first edition appears to have been upgraded to a third edition. It doesn't matter, I'll be installing Ubuntu on an old PentiumIII Windows 95 PC. It might actually be better to use the old edition. Read full review


Introducing the World of Linux
Installing Ubuntu
The NoNonsense Getting Started Guide
The Shell and Beyond
Office Tasks
Keeping Your System Running

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About the author (2009)

Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has written several best-selling beginning-level Linux titles for Apress. A former computer magazine editor, he has been writing about computers, operating systems, and software for a decade. He has also edited many computing titles and works as a full-time author. He lives on the side of a mountain in England, and his hobbies include hiking and playing musical instruments.

Jaime Sicam occasionally works as an IT instructor and consultant. Prior to his hiatus from working full time, he indulged himself as one of the system administrators in the engineering team of Defender Technologies Group. Jaime takes pride in being part of DOST-ASTI (Advanced Science and Technology Institute) on Bayanihan Linux. His team advocated the use of open source software for the computing needs of government agencies, schools, and small and medium-size enterprises in the Philippines. He enjoys technology, road trips, and keeping up-to-date on news of the Utah Jazz.

Andy Channelle is a writer, designer, and educator. He has written for Linux Format, MacFormat, 3D World, and lots of other publications since the mid-1990s. He is a media educator and most recently successfully migrated to university teaching, working as a visiting lecturer/instructor in journalism and new media at the University of the West of England. Outside of these areas, he is also a new media consultant at Spike Island ( and has been intimately involved in the architecture, design, and deployment of the institution's new Drupal-based web site. Andy also holds a master's degree in new media.

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