Beginning Ubuntu Linux

Beginning Ubuntu Linux

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by Emilio Raggi

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Ubuntu Linux is the fastest growing Linux-based operating system, and Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Fifth Edition teaches all of us—including those who have never used Linux—how to use it productively, whether you come from Windows or the Mac or the world of open source.

Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Fifth Edition shows you how


Ubuntu Linux is the fastest growing Linux-based operating system, and Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Fifth Edition teaches all of us—including those who have never used Linux—how to use it productively, whether you come from Windows or the Mac or the world of open source.

Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Fifth Edition shows you how to take advantage of Lucid Lynx. Based on the best-selling previous edition, Emilio Raggi maintains a fine balance between teaching Ubuntu and introducing new features. Whether you aim to use it in the home or in the office, you'll be introduced to the world of Ubuntu Linux, from simple word processing to using cloud services. You'll learn how to control the Ubuntu system, which you just installed from the book's DVD, as you are guided through common tasks such as configuring the system's graphical user interface (GUI), listening to audio CDs and MP3s, producing documents, using VoIP and chat, and of course, general system maintenance.

This book also supplies a series of comprehensive tutorials on Ubuntu administration and security—essential for any Ubuntu user—while not neglecting matters pertaining to office applications and the cloud.

What you’ll learn
  • Use Ubuntu as a daily desktop on your laptop or PC
  • Complete office tasks, such as creating Microsoft Office–compatible documents and spreadsheets, using e–mail, and managing contacts
  • Listen to MP3s, manage pictures and CDs, and watch movies using a user–friendly Linux desktop
  • Configure Ubuntu’s printer– and file–sharing features to share resources seamlessly with other computers on your network
  • Administer and secure your Ubuntu machine
Who this book is for

Everyone who uses Ubuntu daily, whether in the office or in the home.

Table of Contents
  1. Meet Ubuntu Linux
  2. GNU "slash" Linux
  3. Pre-installation Steps
  4. Installing Ubuntu
  5. Solving Installation Problems
  6. Booting Ubuntu for the First Time
  7. Getting Everything Up and Running
  8. How to Secure Your Computer
  9. Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right
  10. Managing Your Data
  11. A World of Applications
  12. Working with Text Files
  13. Making the Move to
  14. Communicating with Others
  15. Social Networks and Cloud Computing
  16. Digital Audio
  17. Movies and Multimedia
  18. Digital Photos
  19. Playing Games
  20. Installing and Removing Software
  21. Understanding Linux Users and File Permissions
  22. Optimizing Your System
  23. Backing Up Data
  24. Scheduling Tasks
  25. Accessing Computers Remotely
  26. Taking Control of the System
  27. Introducing the BASH Shell
  28. Glossary of Linux Terms
  29. Getting Further Help
  30. Exploring the DVD-ROM and Other Ubuntu Versions

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Meet the Author

Emilio Raggi lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and works in one of the biggest companies in the country. He was very much a Windows fanboy, until one day, he had to manage a Ubuntu desktop deployment. He was highly qualified as a Microsoft implementer, holding certificates as an MCP and MCSE, and worked as a consultant for a Microsoft partner. Still, Ubuntu had its charms and won him over. He is also an avid student of philosophy.
Keir Thomas is an award-winning author who has written several best-selling beginning-level Linux titles for Apress. A former computer magazine editor, he has been writing about computers, operating systems, and software for a decade. He has also edited many computing titles and works as a full-time author. He lives on the side of a mountain in England, and his hobbies include hiking and playing musical instruments.
Andy Channelle is a writer, designer, and educator. He has written for Linux Format, MacFormat, 3D World, and lots of other publications since the mid-1990s. He is a media educator and most recently successfully migrated to university teaching, working as a visiting lecturer/instructor in journalism and new media at the University of the West of England. Outside of these areas, he is also a new media consultant at Spike Island ( and has been intimately involved in the architecture, design, and deployment of the institution's new Drupal-based web site. Andy also holds a master's degree in new media.
Trevor Parsons has been using free software for a decade, and was founding editor of the U.K.'s LinuxUser magazine. When he's not writing, editing, and breaking computers, he sidelines as a drummer and fiddleplayer. Even then there's always an Ubuntu flash drive in his violin case.
Sander van Vugt is an independent trainer and consultant, living in the Netherlands and working throughout the European Union. He specializes in Linux and Novell systems, and has worked with both for more than 10 years. Besides being a trainer, he is also an author, having written more than 20 books and hundreds of technical articles. He is a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) and holds LPIC-1 and -2 certificates, as well as all important Novell certificates.
The career of Adam Thomas can best be defined as a successful hobby. Having an early interest in computers and being mostly self-taught, he attended Humber College in Toronto, studying computer information systems. Soon after his graduation in 2001, Adam was invited back to his school to be a professor of rich media and Web development. Alongside teaching, he runs a successful web studio called Robin Hood Tech. Adam takes pride in employing former students who he has had the privilege of teaching and giving them the opportunity to gain experience and excel in a competitive field. Adam is cofounder of the "Robin Hood" business model, which advocates for justice in business. Adam strives for integrity and simplicity but his true motivation is his wife and family who are daily reminders of love, faith and blessing.

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Beginning Ubuntu Linux 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Fabs-FCR More than 1 year ago
Usually software guides would put me to sleep, but the writers start with a very good history behind open-source software, the rise of Ubuntu as one of many Linux based operating systems and generally the reasoning behind "Canonical" (The developer of Ubuntu) release rate of updated distributions of Ubuntu, this book dealing with 10.04. Although Linux for me was a big black box, I installed and use Ubuntu by making use of this guide in a very easy fashion. Since I make use of Ubuntu on a laptop, the explanation of wireless networking and similar connectivity was great. There is enough details to get one going with many applications within Ubuntu (Open-Office, VOIP, graphic packages, multimedia applications, etc.), without the "over-the-top" technical jargon. There is also handy references to on-line resources that make the Ubuntu experience a great one and if one wants to get more familiar with the terminal window of Ubuntu, then Appendix A lists a variety of commands with use and explanations. I would recommend this guide, as the authors do a great job in taking anyone through the Ubuntu experience from installation to tweaking in plain common English
Anonymous More than 1 year ago