Official Ubuntu Book, The, 5th Edition
Product Author Bios
Benjamin Mako Hill serves on Ubuntu’s Community Council governance board, which helps oversee community aspects of Ubuntu. He is a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, and a researcher and Ph.D. Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Matthew Helmke is one of the administrators of the Ubuntu Forums and a member of the Ubuntu membership board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Corey Burger serves on Ubuntu’s Community Council governance board, Ubuntu’s Marketing and News Teams, and is a Geography student in his spare time.
Ub>The Official Ubuntu Book, Fifth Edition, will get you up and running quickly.
Written by expert, leading Ubuntu community members, this book covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu 10.04, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, or programmer. The authors explain Ubuntu 10.04 from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Among the many topics covered in this edition: Kubuntu, Ubuntu Netbook Edition, and Ubuntu Server.
This complete guide also covers standard desktop applications, from word processing, spreadsheets, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, music, video, and games to software development, databases, and server applications. In addition, you will
- Learn how to customize Ubuntu for home, small business, school, government, and enterprise environments
- Learn how to quickly update Ubuntu to new release versions and upgraded applications
- Find up-to-the-minute troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide from forums and other means to get the help you need quickly
- Learn Ubuntu Server installation and administration, including LVM and RAID implementation
- Learn how to install Ubuntu on a netbook
The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms. The disk is preconfigured with an outstanding desktop environment for both home and business computing. It can be used to install other complete variants of Ubuntu, including Kubuntu (with the KDE environment), Ubuntu Netbook Edition, and Ubuntu Server.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Great Ubuntu Beginner's Book,
This review is from: The Official Ubuntu Book (5th Edition) (Paperback)To many people, right or wrong, Ubuntu is synonymous with Linux. Ubuntu does much to publicize Linux and is responsible for much growth in popularity of Linux in the last few years.
This book covers Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, the latest stable release of Ubuntu. LTS (Long Term Service) means Ubuntu 10.04 has support for three years (until April 2013) instead of the usual eighteen months of most Ubuntu releases.
The authors of The Official Ubuntu Book are prominent members of the Ubuntu and the Linux communities.
The book was written before Ubuntu 10.04 was frozen. There could changes after the writing the book but it was decided to get the book out in time for the release.
This book contains about 400 pages in a 7x9 format, not too bulky and nicely portable. About 350 pages comprise the subject matter. The cover is very different from older official Ubuntu books, varying shades of purple and not the traditional Ubuntu orange, expressing the new theme of Ubuntu... Read more
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing and shallow,
This review is from: The Official Ubuntu Book (5th Edition) (Paperback)This book is both disappointing and shallow. It teaches you nothing that you can't learn by merely browsing Ubuntu. The introduction is long, boring, irrelevant. Ubuntu is very simple to use now days. No one needs a guidance of how to click it here or there. The part about Ubuntu's installation is poor redundant, and who needs it anyway if all info is on a screen during the installation. Ubuntu's website and help files do much better job on describing its functionality and they are getting updated with Ubuntu, unlike this book. The power of Linux is in its command line. This book does nothing to extend your understanding of it. I found that books freely included with Ubuntu 10.10, 4-Disks DVD Installation and Reference Set provide much greater info. I firmly believe, that if I spend this kind of money on a book about Linux, assuming... Read more
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This review is from: The Official Ubuntu Book (5th Edition) (Paperback)easy to understand book, very easy to read, the book is for beginners, I didn't learn any thing new, but it was a good book for noobs
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Online Sample Chapters
Table of Contents
Foreword to the First Edition xxi
About the Authors 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 26
Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin-offs 31
Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu 35
Choosing Your Ubuntu Version 36
Getting Ubuntu 38
Installing from the Desktop CD 41
Installing from the Alternate Install CD 50
Installing from a USB Key 56
Installing from within Windows 57
Chapter 3: Using Ubuntu on the Desktop 59
Taking Your Desktop for a Ride 61
Using Your Applications 72
The Ubuntu File Chooser and Bookmarks 84
Ubuntu in Your Language 86
Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel 87
Managing Your Files 89
Ubuntu and Multimedia 94
Moving to the Next Ubuntu Release 109
Chapter 4: Gaining Greater Proficiency 113
Adding and Removing Programs and Packages 114
Keeping Your Computer Updated 120
Adding Additional Users 124
Using and Abusing Devices and Media 125
Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu 128
How Linux Stores and Organizes Files 133
The Terminal 137
Backup Strategies 137
Working with Windows Programs 139
Chapter 5: The Ubuntu Server 141
What Is Ubuntu Server? 142
Installing Ubuntu Server 144
Ubuntu Package Management 156
Ubuntu Server Security 167
Advanced Topics 174
Chapter 6: More Applications for Ubuntu 181
Creating Graphics with GIMP and Inkscape 182
Desktop Publishing with Scribus 194
Exploring the Future with GNOME-shell and Zeitgeist 206
Getting There Faster with GNOME Do and Docky 211
Chapter 7: The Ubuntu Community 215
Teams, Processes, and Community Governance 231
Getting Involved 240
Chapter 8: Using Kubuntu 245
Introduction to Kubuntu 246
Installing Kubuntu 249
Navigating in Kubuntu 254
Customizing Kubuntu 257
System Administration 260
Managing Files with Kubuntu 272
Common Applications 277
Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community 290
Chapter 9: Mobile and Netbook Editions 293
Installing on a Netbook 294
Using the Launcher 296
Window Listing 300
Maximized Windows 300
Switching Back to the Regular Ubuntu Desktop 301
Applications to Make Your Netbook Better 302
Other Changes from the Desktop Edition 306
Chapter 10: Ubuntu-Related Projects 309
Officially Supported Derivatives 310
Recognized Derivatives 314
Other Distributions 315
Chapter 11: Introducing the Ubuntu Forums 327
What Are the Ubuntu Forums? 328
A Brief History of the Ubuntu Forums 328
How May I Participate? 329
Questions, Locations, Conversations, and Activities 334
Key People in the Forums 335
Fun Stuff 336
The Foundation of the Ubuntu Forums 337
Appendix: Welcome to the Command Line 339
Starting Up the Terminal 339
Getting Started 340
Building Pipelines 341
Running Commands as the Superuser 342
Finding Help 343
Moving Around the Filesystem 343
Manipulating Files and Folders 344
System Information Commands 345
Searching and Editing Text Files 347
Dealing with Users and Groups 348
Getting Help on the Command Line 348
Searching for Man Files 349
Using Wildcards 349
Executing Multiple Commands 350
Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line 352
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