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Official Ubuntu Book, The, 6th Edition


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  • Everything Ubuntu users need to know to make the most of the brand-new version of Ubuntu - from installation through desktop and server capabilities
  • Complete coverage of Unity, the new default desktop for Ubuntu 11.4
  • Co-marketed by Canonical with the official Ubuntu logo and an updated Foreword by Ubuntu project founder Mark Shuttleworth


  • Copyright 2011
  • Edition: 6th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-274850-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-274850-6

Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community, support, and ease of use without compromising speed, power, or flexibility. It’s Linux for human beings, designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. Ubuntu 11.04 is the latest release–more powerful, more flexible, and friendlier than ever.  The Official Ubuntu Book, Sixth 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 11.04, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, programmer, or novice. The authors explain Ubuntu 11.04 from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Among the many topics covered in this edition: Ubuntu One cloud storage, Ubuntu Server, and the groundbreaking Unity desktop.

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 with 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 use Ubuntu One to buy legal music from your favorite artists and how to use cloud storage to back up or share your important files
  • Learn how you can be a part of the community that creates Ubuntu

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), and Ubuntu Server.

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Online Sample Chapters

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: Gaining Greater Proficiency

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: GNOME 3, GNOME Shell, and More

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: Installing Ubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: Introducing Ubuntu One

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: More Applications for Ubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: The Ubuntu Community

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: The Ubuntu Server

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: The UbuntuStory

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: Ubuntu-Related Projects

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: Using Kubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 6th Edition: Welcome to the Command Line

Using Ubuntu on the Desktop

Table of Contents

Foreword         xxi

Foreword to the First Edition         xxiii

Preface         xxix

Acknowledgments         xxxi

About the Authors         xxxiii

Introduction         xxxv

Chapter 1: The UbuntuStory         1

The Vision   2

Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux   3

How the Vision Became Ubuntu   7

What Is Ubuntu?   12

Ubuntu Promises and Goals   17

Sustaining the Vision: Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation   25

Beyond the Vision: Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin-offs   30

Summary   32

Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu         33

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version   34

Getting Ubuntu   36

Installing from the Desktop CD   39

Installing from the Alternate Install CD   51

Installing from a USB Key   57

Installing from within Windows   58

Summary   58

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   85

Ubuntu in Your Language   87

Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel   87

Managing Your Files   90

Ubuntu and Multimedia   95

Moving to the Next Ubuntu Release   108

Summary   110

Chapter 4: Gaining Greater Proficiency         111

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages   112

Keeping Your Computer Updated   117

Adding Additional Users   122

Using and Abusing Devices and Media   123

Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu   126

How Linux Stores and Organizes Files   131

The Terminal   134

Backup Strategies   135

Working with Windows Programs   136

Summary   137

Chapter 5: The Ubuntu Server         139

What Is Ubuntu Server?   140

Installing Ubuntu Server   142

Ubuntu Package Management   154

Ubuntu Server Security   165

Advanced Topics   172

Summary   176

Chapter 6: More Applications for Ubuntu         179

Creating Graphics with GIMP and Inkscape   180

Desktop Publishing with Scribus   191

Creating Music with Jokosher   196

Playing to Learn with Educational Programs   200

Getting There Faster with Docky   206

Summary   208

Chapter 7: The Ubuntu Community         209

Venues   211

Teams, Processes, and Community Governance   226

Getting Involved   239

Summary   243

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   270

Common Applications   274

Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community   287

Summary   287

Chapter 9: GNOME 3, GNOME Shell, and More         289

A Different Path   290

Installing the GNOME Shell   290

Exploring the GNOME Shell   291

Using the Keyboard   295

Common Questions   295

Summary   297

Chapter 10: Ubuntu-Related Projects         299

Officially Supported Derivatives   300

Recognized Derivatives   304

Other Distributions   305

Launchpad   307

Bazaar   314

Summary   315

Chapter 11: Introducing Ubuntu One        317

What Can I Do with Ubuntu One?   318

How Much Does Ubuntu One Cost?   318

How Do I Begin?   318

Syncing Files   321

Syncing Contacts   321

Syncing Notes   322

Syncing Bookmarks   323

Special Features of Ubuntu One Mobile   324

Summary   325

Appendix: Welcome to the Command Line         327

Starting Up the Terminal   327

Getting Started   328

Building Pipelines   329

Running Commands as the Superuser   330

Finding Help   331

Moving Around the Filesystem   331

Manipulating Files and Folders   332

System Information Commands   333

Searching and Editing Text Files   335

Dealing with Users and Groups   336

Getting Help on the Command Line   336

Searching for Man Files   337

Using Wildcards   337

Executing Multiple Commands   338

Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line   340

Index         343


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