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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590596272
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/17/2006
  • Series: From Novice to Professional Series
  • Edition description: 1st Corrected ed. 2006. Corr. 2nd printing 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

About the Author xxiii
About the Technical Reviewer xxv
Acknolwedgments xxvii
Introduction xxix
Part 1 Introducing the World of Linux
Chapter 1 Welcome! 3
What Is Linux? 3
The Age of Linux 5
The Problems with Windows 6
The Benefits of Linux 8
The Linux Community 9
Summary 10
Chapter 2 A History and Politics Lesson 11
In the Beginning 11
The GNU Project 13
Proprietary Software and the GPL 14
GNU and Linux Together 15
Different Flavors of Linux 16
Linux Today 17
Modern Linux Development 17
Summary 18
Chapter 3 The Realities of Running Linux 19
Learning to Use Linux 19
Who Uses Linux? 20
Getting Hold of Linux 21
Using Ubuntu 22
Summary 22
Part 2 Installing Ubuntu
Chapter 4 Preinstallation Steps 25
Understanding Partitioning 25
Freeing Up Space 27
Backing Up Your Data 29
Summary 32
Chapter 5 Installing Ubuntu 33
An Overview of the Installation Process 33
Step-by-Step Guide 34
Summary 46
Chapter 6 Solving Installation Problems 47
Preinstallation Problems 47
Installation Problems 49
Postinstallation Problems 51
Graphical Problems 53
Summary 59
Part 3 The No-Nonsense Getting Started Guide
Chapter 7 Booting Ubuntu for the First Time 63
Starting Up 63
Logging In 64
Exploring the Desktop 66
Running Programs 71
Working with Virtual Desktops 72
Using the Mouse 73
Cutting and Pasting Text 74
Summary 75
Chapter 8 Getting Everything Up and Running 77
Ubuntu Hardware Support 77
Getting Online 81
Setting Up Online Software Repositories 99
Configuring E-Mail and Instant Messaging 103
Adding a Printer 107
Setting Up Digital Imaging Devices 111
Using a USB Memory Stick 116
Installing 3D Graphics Card Drivers 116
Configuring Bluetooth 118
Configuring Sound Cards 123
Summary 124
Chapter 9 How to Secure Your Computer 125
Windows Security vs. Linux Security 125
Root and Ordinary Users 126
Common-Sense Security 128
Online Updates 130
The Ubuntu Firewall 131
Summary 137
Chapter 10 Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right 139
Changing the Look and Feel 139
Adding and Removing Desktop Items 152
Setting Power-Saving Features 157
Summary 159
Chapter 11 Ubuntu Replacements for Windows Programs 161
Available Software 161
A Quick Start with Common Linux Programs 163
Summary 181
Chapter 12 Managing Your Files 183
Understanding File System Concepts 183
Using Nautilus 186
Launching Files and Running Programs 190
Accessing Windows Files 192
Accessing Removable Storage Devices 196
Summary 199
Part 4 The Shell and Beyond
Chapter 13 Introducing the BASH Shell 203
What Is the BASH Shell? 203
Why Bother with the Shell? 205
When Should You Use the Shell? 206
Getting Started with the Shell 207
Working with Files 211
Summary 217
Chapter 14 Understanding Linux Files and Users 219
Real Files and Virtual Files 219
Users and File Permissions 221
The File System Explained 228
Mounting 232
File Searches 235
File Size and Free Space 237
Summary 239
Chapter 15 Working with Text Files 241
Viewing Text Files 241
Using a Command-Line Text Editor 244
Searching Through Files 251
Comparing Text Files 254
Summary 255
Chapter 16 Taking Control of the System 257
Viewing Processes 257
Controlling Processes 260
Controlling Jobs 264
Summary 265
Chapter 17 Cool Shell Tricks 267
Using Autocompletion 267
Using Keyboard Shortcuts 269
Using the Command History 271
Piping and Directing Output 272
Summary 276
Part 5 Multimedia
Chapter 18 Digital Music 279
Understanding the Legalities of Playback 279
Playing Music Files 280
Listening to Audio CDs 283
Tuning in to Online Radio Stations 284
Ripping Music from CDs 285
Creating Your Own CDs 288
Summary 289
Chapter 19 Movies and Multimedia 291
Watching Videos 291
Watching DVDs 296
Playing Flash Animations 297
Watching TV 299
Summary 300
Chapter 20 Image Editing 301
Getting Pictures onto Your PC 301
Introducing The GIMP 302
Editing Images with The GIMP 306
Applying Filters 311
Summary 315
Part 6 Office Tasks
Chapter 21 Making the Move to 319
Office Similarities 319
OpenOffice.Org Key Features 320
File Compatibility 321
The Right Fonts 323
Summary 327
Chapter 22 Overview 329
Introducing the Interface 329
Customizing the Interface 330
Using Core Functions 339
Summary 342
Chapter 23 In Depth: Writer 343
Formatting Text 343
Spell-Checking 345
Inserting Pictures 346
Working with Tables 347
Mail Merging 349
Adding Headers and Footers 352
Summary 353
Chapter 24 In Depth: Calc 355
Entering and Formatting Data 355
Deleting and Inserting Data and Cells 356
Working with Formulas 356
Sorting Data 359
Creating Charts 359
Using Filters 361
Summary 362
Chapter 25 In Depth: Impress 363
Creating a Quick Presentation 363
Working in Impress 365
Animating Slides 366
Applying Fontwork 367
Using 3D Effects 369
Exporting a Presentation As a Flash File 370
Summary 371
Chapter 26 In Depth: Base 373
Getting Started with Base 373
Creating a Database 375
Using the Database 380
Summary 381
Chapter 27 In Depth: Evolution 383
Evolution Modes 383
Basic E-Mail Tasks 385
Advanced E-Mail Tasks 390
Contacts 394
Calendars 396
Tasks 398
Summary 399
Chapter 28 Running Microsoft Office Under Ubuntu 401
Installing and Configuring Wine 401
Installing Microsoft Office 406
Running Office Components 407
Installing Other Windows Programs 409
Summary 410
Part 7 Keeping Your System Running
Chapter 29 Installing Software 413
Software Installation Basics 413
The Synaptic Package Manager in Depth 420
Package Management from the Command Prompt 424
Installing from Source 430
Summary 434
Chapter 30 Managing Users 435
Understanding User and Group Accounts 435
Adding and Deleting Users and Groups 437
Adding and Changing Passwords 441
Summary 442
Chapter 31 Optimizing Your System 443
Speeding Up Booting 443
Optimizing Hard Disk Settings 452
Prelinking 456
Freeing Disk Space 458
Adding Another Disk Drive 460
Summary 461
Chapter 32 Backing Up Data 463
What Data Should You Back Up? 463
Using SBackup 464
Making Backups from the Command Line 468
Summary 471
Chapter 33 Scheduling Tasks 473
Scheduling with crontab 473
Scheduling with anacron 476
Using at to Schedule One-Off Tasks 477
Summary 478
Chapter 34 Accessing Computers Remotely 479
Using Secure Shell 479
Accessing GUI Applications Remotely 485
Connecting to Remote Windows Computers 489
Summary 492
Appendix A Glossary of Linux Terms 493
Appendix B BASH Command Index 515
Appendix C Getting Further Help 529
Read the Manual! 529
Man Pages 529
Info Pages 532
README Files and Other Documentation 533
Getting Help Online 533
Forums 533
Mailing Lists 534
Other Official Sites 535
Third-Party Sites 535
Appendix D Other Versions of Ubuntu 537
Kubuntu 537
Edubuntu 538
Ubuntu Server 538
Xubuntu 539
Other Ubuntu Projects 540
Index 541
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