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.
Beginning Ubuntu Linuxby Keir Thomas
Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Fourth Edition is the update to the best-selling book on Ubuntu, today's hottest Linux distribution. Targeting newcomers to Linux and to the Ubuntu distribution alike, readers are presented with an introduction to the world of Linu
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I found this to be excellent primer. It's highly understandable, but not so basic that it takes up time telling you things you've known since you had your first computer. It also doesn't go through the drudgery of explaining every menu item on every screen. It covers how to install Ubuntu, plus all the basic programs, e-mail, internet, rhythmbox, (audio), Totem (Video), Gimp (Photo's) plus several chapters on OpenOffice applications the built in word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database suite that will come with Ubuntu. The book also covers terminal commands, shell scripting, using the file system as well as system issues like improving performance, backing up etc. Normally, I only buy books on operating systems out of desperation - just in case I need to solve a problem. This book however has been a joy I'm sure it has at least tripled the fun I've had with Ubuntu (To where I'm quite happy to say good-bye forever to Windows and even thinking of abandoning Mac OS X). Ubuntu is a joy if you are considering changing your operating system to Ubuntu this is the right book to get you on your way!