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Official Ubuntu Book, The, 8th 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 default desktop for LTS Ubuntu 14.04
  • Co-marketed by Canonical with the official Ubuntu logo and an updated Foreword by Ubuntu project founder Mark Shuttleworth
  • Power users will quickly feel confident in their abilities to use, help and contribute to Ubuntu


  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 8th
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-390539-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-390539-7

The free Ubuntu operating system has won the hearts and minds of millions of users worldwide. It combines a strong technical platform, impressive quality, and an enthusiastic global community of users who relentlessly support, document, and test it.

The Official Ubuntu Book, Eighth Edition, has been extensively updated with a single goal: to make running today’s Ubuntu even more pleasant and productive for you. It’s the ideal one-stop knowledge source for Ubuntu novices, those upgrading from older versions or other Linux distributions, and anyone moving toward power-user status.

Its expert authors focus on what you need to know most about installation, applications, media, administration, software applications, and much more. You’ll discover powerful Unity desktop improvements that make Ubuntu even friendlier and more convenient. You’ll also connect with the amazing Ubuntu community and the incredible resources it offers you.

Learn how to

  • Reliably install, customize, and update Ubuntu for any home, business, school, or government environment
  • Get up and running quickly, and then explore Ubuntu and download powerful free software
  • Customize Ubuntu for performance, accessibility, and fun
  • Get comfortable with the highly efficient Ubuntu command line
  • Install, administer, and secure Ubuntu Server, including advanced features such as LVM and RAID
  • Get involved with related Ubuntu projects
  • Help build, promote, distribute, support, document, or translate Ubuntu
  • Get up-to-the-minute help and troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide

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Preface to "The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Edition"

The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Edition: Getting Started with Ubuntu

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Sixth Edition         xix

Foreword to the First Edition          xxi

Preface         xxvii

Acknowledgments         xxxi

About the Authors         xxxiii

Introduction         xxxv

Chapter 1: The Ubuntu Story          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 26

Beyond the Vision: Ubuntu Subprojects, Flavors, and Spin-Offs 31

Summary 33

Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu          35

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version  36

Getting Ubuntu  38

Booting and Installing  42

Installing from the Minimal CD  54

Summary  61

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Ubuntu         63

Getting Acquainted with Unity  65

Using Applications  76

Using Ubuntu in Your Language  85

Configuring a Printer  86

Keeping Your Computer Updated  90

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages  92

Upgrading to the Next Ubuntu Release  95

Ubuntu and Multimedia  96

Backing Up  102

Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel  104

Unity in Other Devices  105

Summary  105

Chapter 4: Finding and Installing Ubuntu Applications         107

Using the Ubuntu Software Center  108

Using Synaptic  115

Useful Software Packages to Explore  118

Summary  145

Chapter 5: Customizing Ubuntu for Performance, Accessibility, and Fun         147

Unity Terminology  148

Appearance Tool  153

Unity Tweak Tool  155

Compiz Config Settings Manager  159

Unity Lenses and Scopes  165

Additional Resources  166

Summary  166

Chapter 6: Becoming an Ubuntu Power User          167

Administering System and User Settings  168

Understanding How Linux Stores and Organizes Files  172

Learning Unity Keyboard Shortcuts  175

Using the Terminal  179

Working with Windows Programs  180

Installing Software from PPAs  181

Compiling Software from Source  183

Summary  184

Chapter 7: Welcome to the Command Line          185

Starting Up the Terminal  186

Getting Started  187

Building Pipelines  188

Running Commands as Superuser  189

Finding Help  190

Moving around the Filesystem  191

Manipulating Files and Folders  192

System Information Commands  193

Searching and Editing Text Files  194

Dealing with Users and Groups  195

Getting Help on the Command Line  196

Searching for Man Files  197

Using Wildcards  197

Executing Multiple Commands  198

Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line  200

Summary  201

Chapter 8: The Ubuntu Server           203

What Is Ubuntu Server?  204

Installing Ubuntu Server  206

Ubuntu Package Management  218

Ubuntu Server Security  229

Advanced Topics  236

Summary  243

Chapter 9: Ubuntu-Related Projects and Derivatives          245

Recognized Flavors  246

Editions  256

Other Distributions  259

Launchpad  261

Bazaar  270

Ubuntu One  272

Summary  272

Chapter 10: The Ubuntu Community           273

Venues  275

Teams, Processes, and Community Governance  289

Getting Involved  299

Summary  302

Index           305


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