Official Ubuntu Book, The
- By Benjamin Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jesse, Ivan Krstic
- Published Aug 11, 2006 by Prentice Hall.
- Copyright 2007
- Dimensions: 7x9-1/4
- Pages: 448
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-13-243594-2
- ISBN-13: 978-0-13-243594-9
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Product Author Bios
Benjamin Mako Hill is on the Ubuntu Community Council governance board, and on the founding Ubuntu team with the charge to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the first year. With the community off the ground, Mako returned to graduate school at the MIT Media Lab where he works on the One Laptop Per per Child project.
Jono Bacon is an Open Source consultant, speaker, and writer living in the United Kingdom. Jono spends his days helping people to move to Open Source and speaks at conferences around the world about Open Source and its community
Corey Burger is a member of the Ubuntu Documentation Team, the Laptop Testing Team, and has been involved with Ubuntu since December 2004. As leader of Ubuntu Canada, he works to promote Ubuntu to individuals and organizations across Canada.
Jonathan Jesse is a member of the Kubuntu Documents Team, works on bugs for the Kubuntu team, tests builds for the Laptop Testing Team, and helps out on the wiki as well.
Ivan Krstić is one of the Ubuntu Server Team administrators and has previously served as director of research at the Medical Informatics Laboratory at Zagreb Children's Hospital, where he depended on Ubuntu Server for mission-critical backend tasks. He is now developing software architecture for the One Laptop Per Child project
Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community, support, and ease of use while refusing to compromise on speed, power, and flexibility. It's Linux for human beings--designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. Ubuntu is the most in-demand Linux distribution, and this official guide will get you up and running quickly.
Learn how to seamlessly install and customize Ubuntu for your home or small businesses. Its open source power can be used in schools, government, or by corporations, and is suitable for both desktop and server use. The Ubuntu community is built on the premise that software should be available free of charge, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
Written by leading Ubuntu community members, this is the only book that you need to become a savvy Ubuntu user.
- Covers the latest version of Ubuntu--Ubuntu 6.06LTS
- Covers every standard desktop application from word processing, spreadsheets, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, music, video, and, of course, games, all the way to software development, databases, and other server applications
- Includes real-world troubleshooting advice contributed by Ubuntu users from around the world
- Learn about the extended Ubuntu community, which includes translators; software developers; teachers; people who love to hand out CDs and help friends try free software; artists; people who write documentation, tips, and guides; accountants; and even a lawyer or two.
- Covers both Ubuntu and Kubuntu desktop systems
- Explains Ubuntu Server installation and basic administration, complete with advanced installer features like LVM and RAID
This book comes with a version of Ubuntu that can run right off the DVD, as well as the complete set of supported packages for Ubuntu, including Kubuntu. Try out Ubuntu on the DVD. If you want to keep it, install it directly from your desktop.
Community Contributors: James Stanger, Jorge O. Castro, Matthew East, Quim Gil, Dennis Kaarsemaker, David Bain, Alan Barnard, David Clayton, Manu Cornet, Scott Dier, Oskar Jönefors, Jason LaPrade, Avinash Meetoo, Julien Rottenberg, Stephen Sandlin, David Symons, Paul van Genderen, Andrew Zajac
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Table of Contents
About the Authors xxix
About This Book xxxi
Chapter 1: Introducing Ubuntu 1
A Wild Ride 2
Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux 3
A Brief History of Ubuntu 7
What Is Ubuntu? 12
Ubuntu Promises and Goals 18
Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation 24
Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin offs 28
Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu 31
Choosing Your Ubuntu Version 32
Getting Ubuntu 34
Installing from the Desktop CD 36
Installing Using the Alternate Install CD 45
Chapter 3: Using Ubuntu on the Desktop 55
Taking Your Desktop for a Ride 57
Using Your Applications 65
The Ubuntu File Chooser and Bookmarks 99
Ubuntu in Your Language 100
Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel 101
Managing Your Files 103
Ubuntu and Multimedia 109
Chapter 4: Advanced Usage and Managing Ubuntu 117
Adding and Removing Programs and Packages 118
Keeping Your Computer Updated 125
Moving to the Next Ubuntu Release 128
Using and Abusing Devices and Media 129
Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu 132
Graphically Access Remote Files 139
The Terminal 141
Working with Windows 145
Chapter 5: The Ubuntu Server 149
What Is Ubuntu Server? 150
Installing Ubuntu Server 152
Ubuntu Package Management 162
Ubuntu Server Security 173
Chapter 6: Support and Typical Problems 183
Your System 184
System Administration 227
Chapter 7: Using Kubuntu 249
Introduction to Kubuntu 250
Installing Kubuntu 255
Customizing Kubuntu 259
Systems Administration 264
Managing Files with Kubuntu 279
Common Applications 287
Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community 308
Chapter 8: The Ubuntu Community 311
Ubuntu Mailing Lists 314
IRC Channel List 318
Teams, Processes, and Community Governance 331
Getting Involved 338
Chapter 9: Ubuntu-Related Projects 343
Partner Projects 344
Derived Distributions 346
The Launchpad 351
Appendix A: Welcome to the Command Line 357
Starting Up the Terminal 357
Moving around the Filesystem 357
Manipulating Files and Folders 359
System Information Commands 360
Searching and Editing Text Files 361
Dealing with Users and Groups 362
Getting Help on the Command Line 363
Searching for Man Files 363
Using Wildcards 364
Executing Multiple Commands 364
Moving on to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line 365
Appendix B: Ubuntu Foundation Documents 367
Code of Conduct 367
Ubuntu Code of Conduct 368
Ubuntu Philosophy 370
License Policy 374
Appendix C: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Open Publication License 379
Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 379
Appendix D: Ubuntu Equivalents to Windows Programs 387
On the Ubuntu Desktop 387
Additional Applications 389
Welcome to The Official Ubuntu Book!
In recent years, the Ubuntu operating system has taken the Open Source and IT world by storm. From out of nowhere, the Little Operating System That Could has blossomed into a full-featured desktop and server offering that has won over the hearts of users around the world. Aside from the strong technical platform and impressive commitment to quality, Ubuntu also enjoys success due to its sprawling community of enthusiastic users who have helped to support, document, and test every millimeter of the Ubuntu landscape.
In your hands you are holding the official authorized guide to this impressive operating system. Each of the authors selected to work on this book have demonstrated a high level of technical competence, an unbridled commitment to Ubuntu, and the ability to share this knowledge in a simple and clear manner. These authors were gathered together to create a book that offers a solid grounding to Ubuntu and explains how the many facets and features of Ubuntu work.
About This Book
At the start of every book, on every bookshelf, in every shop is a paragraph that sums up the intentions and aims for the book. In some cases, this paragraph turns into an introspective philosophical lesson with the author on the brink of claiming the book will help the author cure disease and open up a donkey sanctuary. The Official Ubuntu Book is different. We have one very simple, down-to-earth aim: to make the Ubuntu experience even more pleasant for users. The Ubuntu developers and community have gone to great lengths to produce an easy-to-use, functional, and flexible operating system for doing, browsing, and creating all kinds of interesting things. This book augments that effort. With such an integrated and flexible operating system, this guide acts as a tour de force for the many things you can do with Ubuntu.
The Scope of the Book
With such an extensive and flexible operating system to cover, we had our work cut out to write a book that could cover the system in sufficient detail. However, if we were to write in detail about every possible feature in Ubuntu, you would need to buy a new bookcase to store the sheer amount of content that would need to be written. The authors would also need to continue writing until they were skeletons. Unlikely, some may say.
Part of the challenge in creating The Official Ubuntu Book was selecting the topics and content that can be covered within a reasonably sized book. As such, we have identified the most essential content to be covered and written about it. These chosen topics not only include coverage of installation, using the desktop, applications, multimedia, system administration, and software management but also include a discussion of the community, online resources, and the philosophy weaved into Ubuntu and Open Source. In addition to this, we managed to squeeze in a chapter full of useful troubleshooting recipes that you can use when you need to troubleshoot problems. All in all, the book provides an ideal one-stop shop for getting started with Ubuntu.
Let's take a look at the range of chapters included in the book and what each covers.
- Chapter 1--Introducing Ubuntu: Spirited introduction to the Ubuntu project,
its distribution, its development processes, and some of the history that
made it all possible.
- Chapter 2--Installing Ubuntu: Run through the installation process one step
at a time, and get Ubuntu ready to run on your computer.
- Chapter 3--Using Ubuntu on the Desktop: Take a whistle-stop tour of the
Ubuntu desktop, the applications included, and explore ways to configure your
- Chapter 4--Advanced Usage and Managing Ubuntu: Explore some of the advanced
ways to use Ubuntu including managing the system. Learn how to install and
manage software, use hardware devices and printers, interact with remove computers,
use the terminal, and run some Windows programs under Ubuntu.
- Chapter 5--The Ubuntu Server: Introduces Ubuntu Server installation and
administration, including coverage of console-line package management, basic
security topics, and advanced installer features such as logical volume management
(LVM) and RAID.
- Chapter 6--Support and Typical Problems: Packed to the seams with lots of
small, independent recipes so you can learn how to solve common problems or
- Chapter 7--Using Kubuntu: The most popular spin-off project from Ubuntu
is Kubuntu. This chapter provides a solid primer for getting started.
- Chapter 8--The Ubuntu Community: Understand the breadth of the Ubuntu community,
including what folks do to build, promote, distribute, support, document,
translate, and advocate Ubuntu--and find out what you can do to join in the
- Chapter 9--Ubuntu Related Projects: Explore the universe of other distributions
that surround Ubuntu, including Edubuntu and nUbuntu.
- Appendix A--Welcome to the Command Line: Take advantage of the power of
the command line with clear, easy-to-use examples in this brief primer.
- Appendix B--Core Ubuntu Documents: Review some of the key documents that
define Ubuntu, including the Code of Conduct, the Ubuntu Licensing Policy,
the Ubuntu Philosophy, and the Description of Ubuntu Components
- Appendix C--Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Open Publication
- Appendix D--Ubuntu Equivalents to Windows Programs
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