Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional / Edition 1

Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional / Edition 1

by Keir Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 1590596277

ISBN-13: 9781590596272

Pub. Date: 03/16/2006

Publisher: Apress

Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional is the best-selling guide to the hottest new Linux distribution. Within its 600 in-depth pages, you’ll learn how to become a pro-level Linux user.

The book starts by introducing you to the world of Linux. Then, it outlines Ubuntu installation in illustrated steps, after which you’ll learn

Overview

Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional is the best-selling guide to the hottest new Linux distribution. Within its 600 in-depth pages, you’ll learn how to become a pro-level Linux user.

The book starts by introducing you to the world of Linux. Then, it outlines Ubuntu installation in illustrated steps, after which you’ll learn how to configure every piece of everyday tech hardware such as your Internet connection, printers, 3D graphics cards, Bluetooth devices, and much more. Then you’ll learn fun tasks such as listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, performing office tasks, and even image editing.

Additionally, there's a series of comprehensive tutorials on Linux internals and the command-line prompt—essential for any Linux expert—and the book includes special sections on optimization, security, and system maintenance.

The book comes with a CD containing the complete Linux distribution. All you need to do is insert the CD and follow the instructions in the book to install this distribution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590596272
Publisher:
Apress
Publication date:
03/16/2006
Series:
From Novice to Professional Series
Edition description:
1st Corrected ed. 2006. Corr. 2nd printing 2006
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

About the Authorxxiii
About the Technical Reviewerxxv
Acknolwedgmentsxxvii
Introductionxxix
Part 1Introducing the World of Linux
Chapter 1Welcome!3
What Is Linux?3
The Age of Linux5
The Problems with Windows6
The Benefits of Linux8
The Linux Community9
Summary10
Chapter 2A History and Politics Lesson11
In the Beginning11
The GNU Project13
Proprietary Software and the GPL14
GNU and Linux Together15
Different Flavors of Linux16
Linux Today17
Modern Linux Development17
Summary18
Chapter 3The Realities of Running Linux19
Learning to Use Linux19
Who Uses Linux?20
Getting Hold of Linux21
Using Ubuntu22
Summary22
Part 2Installing Ubuntu
Chapter 4Preinstallation Steps25
Understanding Partitioning25
Freeing Up Space27
Backing Up Your Data29
Summary32
Chapter 5Installing Ubuntu33
An Overview of the Installation Process33
Step-by-Step Guide34
Summary46
Chapter 6Solving Installation Problems47
Preinstallation Problems47
Installation Problems49
Postinstallation Problems51
Graphical Problems53
Summary59
Part 3The No-Nonsense Getting Started Guide
Chapter 7Booting Ubuntu for the First Time63
Starting Up63
Logging In64
Exploring the Desktop66
Running Programs71
Working with Virtual Desktops72
Using the Mouse73
Cutting and Pasting Text74
Summary75
Chapter 8Getting Everything Up and Running77
Ubuntu Hardware Support77
Getting Online81
Setting Up Online Software Repositories99
Configuring E-Mail and Instant Messaging103
Adding a Printer107
Setting Up Digital Imaging Devices111
Using a USB Memory Stick116
Installing 3D Graphics Card Drivers116
Configuring Bluetooth118
Configuring Sound Cards123
Summary124
Chapter 9How to Secure Your Computer125
Windows Security vs. Linux Security125
Root and Ordinary Users126
Common-Sense Security128
Online Updates130
The Ubuntu Firewall131
Summary137
Chapter 10Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right139
Changing the Look and Feel139
Adding and Removing Desktop Items152
Setting Power-Saving Features157
Summary159
Chapter 11Ubuntu Replacements for Windows Programs161
Available Software161
A Quick Start with Common Linux Programs163
Summary181
Chapter 12Managing Your Files183
Understanding File System Concepts183
Using Nautilus186
Launching Files and Running Programs190
Accessing Windows Files192
Accessing Removable Storage Devices196
Summary199
Part 4The Shell and Beyond
Chapter 13Introducing the BASH Shell203
What Is the BASH Shell?203
Why Bother with the Shell?205
When Should You Use the Shell?206
Getting Started with the Shell207
Working with Files211
Summary217
Chapter 14Understanding Linux Files and Users219
Real Files and Virtual Files219
Users and File Permissions221
The File System Explained228
Mounting232
File Searches235
File Size and Free Space237
Summary239
Chapter 15Working with Text Files241
Viewing Text Files241
Using a Command-Line Text Editor244
Searching Through Files251
Comparing Text Files254
Summary255
Chapter 16Taking Control of the System257
Viewing Processes257
Controlling Processes260
Controlling Jobs264
Summary265
Chapter 17Cool Shell Tricks267
Using Autocompletion267
Using Keyboard Shortcuts269
Using the Command History271
Piping and Directing Output272
Summary276
Part 5Multimedia
Chapter 18Digital Music279
Understanding the Legalities of Playback279
Playing Music Files280
Listening to Audio CDs283
Tuning in to Online Radio Stations284
Ripping Music from CDs285
Creating Your Own CDs288
Summary289
Chapter 19Movies and Multimedia291
Watching Videos291
Watching DVDs296
Playing Flash Animations297
Watching TV299
Summary300
Chapter 20Image Editing301
Getting Pictures onto Your PC301
Introducing The GIMP302
Editing Images with The GIMP306
Applying Filters311
Summary315
Part 6Office Tasks
Chapter 21Making the Move to OpenOffice.org319
Office Similarities319
OpenOffice.Org Key Features320
File Compatibility321
The Right Fonts323
Summary327
Chapter 22OpenOffice.org Overview329
Introducing the Interface329
Customizing the Interface330
Using OpenOffice.org Core Functions339
Summary342
Chapter 23In Depth: Writer343
Formatting Text343
Spell-Checking345
Inserting Pictures346
Working with Tables347
Mail Merging349
Adding Headers and Footers352
Summary353
Chapter 24In Depth: Calc355
Entering and Formatting Data355
Deleting and Inserting Data and Cells356
Working with Formulas356
Sorting Data359
Creating Charts359
Using Filters361
Summary362
Chapter 25In Depth: Impress363
Creating a Quick Presentation363
Working in Impress365
Animating Slides366
Applying Fontwork367
Using 3D Effects369
Exporting a Presentation As a Flash File370
Summary371
Chapter 26In Depth: Base373
Getting Started with Base373
Creating a Database375
Using the Database380
Summary381
Chapter 27In Depth: Evolution383
Evolution Modes383
Basic E-Mail Tasks385
Advanced E-Mail Tasks390
Contacts394
Calendars396
Tasks398
Summary399
Chapter 28Running Microsoft Office Under Ubuntu401
Installing and Configuring Wine401
Installing Microsoft Office406
Running Office Components407
Installing Other Windows Programs409
Summary410
Part 7Keeping Your System Running
Chapter 29Installing Software413
Software Installation Basics413
The Synaptic Package Manager in Depth420
Package Management from the Command Prompt424
Installing from Source430
Summary434
Chapter 30Managing Users435
Understanding User and Group Accounts435
Adding and Deleting Users and Groups437
Adding and Changing Passwords441
Summary442
Chapter 31Optimizing Your System443
Speeding Up Booting443
Optimizing Hard Disk Settings452
Prelinking456
Freeing Disk Space458
Adding Another Disk Drive460
Summary461
Chapter 32Backing Up Data463
What Data Should You Back Up?463
Using SBackup464
Making Backups from the Command Line468
Summary471
Chapter 33Scheduling Tasks473
Scheduling with crontab473
Scheduling with anacron476
Using at to Schedule One-Off Tasks477
Summary478
Chapter 34Accessing Computers Remotely479
Using Secure Shell479
Accessing GUI Applications Remotely485
Connecting to Remote Windows Computers489
Summary492
Appendix AGlossary of Linux Terms493
Appendix BBASH Command Index515
Appendix CGetting Further Help529
Read the Manual!529
Man Pages529
Info Pages532
README Files and Other Documentation533
Getting Help Online533
Forums533
Mailing Lists534
Other Official Sites535
Third-Party Sites535
Appendix DOther Versions of Ubuntu537
Kubuntu537
Edubuntu538
Ubuntu Server538
Xubuntu539
Other Ubuntu Projects540
Index541

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