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Official Ubuntu Book, The, 3rd Edition


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  • Copyright 2009
  • Edition: 3rd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-713668-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-713668-1

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 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support), a.k.a., “Hardy Heron,” is the latest release—more powerful, more flexible, and friendlier than ever. The Official Ubuntu Book, Third 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 8.04 LTS, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, or programmer. The authors cover Ubuntu 8.04 LTS from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Among the many new topics covered in this edition: the new Edubuntu and the brand new Kubuntu Remix including KDE 4.

The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, 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’ll

  • Learn how to customize Ubuntu for home, small business, school, government, and enterprise environments
  • Learn how to quickly update Ubuntu to accommodate new versions and new applications
  • Find up-to-the-minute troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide
  • Learn Ubuntu Server installation and administration, including LVM and RAID implementation
  • Learn about Edubuntu—Ubuntu optimized specifically for the classroom

The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms, 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 Edubuntu (for use in schools).

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The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Advanced Usage and Managing Ubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Open Publication License

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Installing Ubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Introducing Ubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Support and Typical Problems

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: The Ubuntu Community

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: The Ubuntu Server

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Ubuntu Equivalents to Windows Programs

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Ubuntu Foundation Documents

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Ubuntu-Related Projects

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Using Edubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Using Kubuntu

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Using Ubuntu on the Desktop

The Official Ubuntu Book, 3e: Welcome to the Command Line

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition           xxv
Preface              xxxi
Acknowledgments             xxxiii
About the Authors               xxxv
Introduction               xxxvii

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           25
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           38
Installing from the Alternate Install CD          47
Summary          55

Chapter 3: Using Ubuntu on the Desktop                       57
Taking Your Desktop for a Ride             59
Using Your Applications           68
The Ubuntu File Chooser and Bookmarks           101
Ubuntu in Your Language          102
Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel            103
Managing Your Files           105
Ubuntu and Multimedia          111
Summary         117

Chapter 4: Advanced Usage and Managing Ubuntu                  119
Adding and Removing Programs and Packages         120
Keeping Your Computer Updated             126
Moving to the Next Ubuntu Release          129
Using and Abusing Devices and Media          130
Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu               133
Graphically Accessing Remote Files         138
The Terminal          139
Working with Windows         144
Summary              146

Chapter 5: The Ubuntu Server             147
What Is Ubuntu Server?          148
Installing Ubuntu Server          150
Ubuntu Package Management         161
Ubuntu Server Security            172
Summary              179

Chapter 6: Support and Typical Problems           181
The System           182
Applications         196
Multimedia           200
Networking           206
Hardware              211
System Administration            222
Other                     233
Summary               239

Chapter 7: The Ubuntu Community                     241
Venues              243
Teams, Processes, and Community Governance             259
Getting Involved                267
Summary                     270

Chapter 8: Using Kubuntu                      271
Introduction to Kubuntu           272
Installing Kubuntu               274
Navigating in Kubuntu              277
Customizing Kubuntu             282
System Administration                 284
Managing Files with Kubuntu             302
Common Applications                   307
Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community           320
Summary          321

Chapter 9: Using Edubuntu                  323
Introduction to Edubuntu              324
Installing Edubuntu as an Add-on           326
Applications             327
Using Edubuntu in LTSP Mode               334
Managing Your LTSP Server              349
Managing Your Edubuntu Clients             356
Controlling and Managing the Users’ Desktops          359
Troubleshooting LTSP            362
Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community            365
Summary                367

Chapter 10: Ubuntu-Related Projects                     369
Ubuntu Editions             370
Derived Distributions             374
Launchpad                377
Bazaar                     384
Summary              384

Appendix A: Welcome to the Command Line                    385
Starting Up the Terminal              385
Moving Around the Filesystem             385
Manipulating Files and Folders            387
System Information Commands               388
Searching and Editing Text Files              389
Dealing with Users and Groups                390
Getting Help on the Command Line              391
Searching for Man Files               391
Using Wildcards               392
Executing Multiple Commands              392
Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line             393

Appendix B: Ubuntu Foundation Documents                            395
Code of Conduct              395
Leadership Code of Conduct             398
Ubuntu Philosophy             401
Components            402
Licensing             405

Appendix C: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Open Publication License                    409
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States           409
License           409
Creative Commons Notice            417

Appendix D: Ubuntu Equivalents to Windows Programs             419
On the Ubuntu Desktop               419
Additional Applications               421

Index                          423


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