Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes ease of use, community, and support while enhancing speed, power, and flexibility. It is designed for everyone from computer novices to experts.

This title serves a wide audience: novices who just want to test the waters and give Ubuntu a try, intermediate users, and those who want to take the next step toward becoming power users. It is not intended as a guide to highly technical uses like professional systems ...

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Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes ease of use, community, and support while enhancing speed, power, and flexibility. It is designed for everyone from computer novices to experts.

This title serves a wide audience: novices who just want to test the waters and give Ubuntu a try, intermediate users, and those who want to take the next step toward becoming power users. It is not intended as a guide to highly technical uses like professional systems administration or programming, although there is some technical material here; the focus is on learning the landscape.

New in this edition is deep coverage of the groundbreaking, user-experience-focused Unity desktop, an innovative new style of human—computer interaction that has undergone extensive development and testing to provide powerful, industry-leading usability.

In addition, you will

  • Learn how to use and customize Ubuntu for home, small business, school, government, and enterprise environments
  • Learn how to quickly update Ubuntu to new release versions with upgraded applications
  • Find up-to-the-minute troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide to get the help you need quickly
  • Learn Ubuntu Server installation and administration, including LVM and RAID implementation

The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms. The disk is preconfigured with an outstanding desktop environment for both home and business computing, for novices and advanced users.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The Official Ubuntu Book is a great way to get you started with Ubuntu, giving you enough information to be productive without overloading you.”

–John Stevenson, DZone book reviewer

“OUB is one of the best books I’ve seen for beginners.”

–Bill Blinn, TechByter Worldwide

“This book is the perfect companion for users new to Linux and Ubuntu. It covers the basics in a concise and well-organized manner. General use is covered separately from troubleshooting and error-handling, making the book well-suited both for the beginner as well as the user that needs extended help.”

–Thomas Petrucha, Austria Ubuntu User Group

“I have recommended this book to several users who I instruct regularly on the use of Ubuntu. All of them have been satisfied with their purchase and have even been able to use it to help them in their journey along the way.”

–Chris Crisafulli, Ubuntu LoCo Council, Florida Local Community Team

“This text demystifies a very powerful Linux operating system. . . . In just a few weeks of having it, I’ve used it as a quick reference a half-dozen times, which saved me the time I would have spent scouring the Ubuntu forums online.”

–Darren Frey, Member, Houston Local User Group

“This is a book that the new Ubuntu user would find helpful in getting started and the more experienced computer user would find informative enough to keep as a reference manual. I also enjoyed the computing humor.”

–Dr. Gregory Chapelle, General Atomics, Electromagnetics Division, San Diego, California

“In short, this book is something that I can honestly recommend to anyone using Ubuntu. It works great as a reference and equally well as a how-to guide. I respect the work that’s been done, and I can’t overstate how knowledgeable the authors are, as well as the reviewers.”

–Paul Tagliamonte, Ubuntu Member, and Debian Developer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133017656
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/5/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 648,943
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Matthew Helmke first used Unix in 1987 and has been an Ubuntu user since April 2005. He has been an active member of the Ubuntu community since that time, including leadership roles in the Ubuntu Forums and one of the Ubuntu membership boards. He is also the author of Ubuntu Unleashed (SAMS, 2012), intended for more technical and advanced users.

Amber Graner is an active Ubuntu community member whose path to Ubuntu activism started as she blogged about her transition to Ubuntu in 2009. She contributes to the Ubuntu News Team, Ubuntu Women Project, and much more.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Sixth Edition xix

Foreword to the First Edition xxi

Preface xxvii

Acknowledgments xxxi

About the Authors xxxiii

Introduction xxxv

Chapter 1: The Ubuntu Story 1

The Vision 2

Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux 3

How the Vision Became Ubuntu 7

What Is Ubuntu? 12

Ubuntu Promises and Goals 17

Sustaining the Vision: Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation 25

Beyond the Vision: Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin-Offs 30

Summary 32

Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu 33

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version 34

Getting Ubuntu 36

Booting and Installing 40

Installing from the Alternate Install CD 53

Installing from within Windows 59

Summary 59

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Ubuntu 61

Getting Acquainted with Unity 63

Using Applications 74

Using Ubuntu in Your Language 84

Configuring a Printer 84

Keeping Your Computer Updated 88

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages 90

Upgrading to the Next Ubuntu Release 93

Ubuntu and Multimedia 95

Backing Up 102

Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel 104

Summary 104

Chapter 4: Becoming an Ubuntu Power User 105

Administering System and User Settings 106

Understanding How Linux Stores and Organizes Files 111

Learning Unity Keyboard Shortcuts 115

Using the Terminal 118

Working with Windows Programs 119

Installing Software from PPAs 120

Compiling Software from Source 121

Summary 122

Chapter 5: Finding and Installing Ubuntu Applications 123

Using Ubuntu Software Center 124

Learning Terminology and Foundations 131

Using Synaptic 132

Useful Software Packages to Explore 135

Playing to Learn with Educational Programs 154

Summary 161

Chapter 6: Customizing Ubuntu for Performance, Accessibility, and Fun 163

Unity Terminology 164

Appearance Tool 169

MyUnity 171

Compiz Config Settings Manager 174

Unity Lenses and Scopes 181

Additional Resources 181

Summary 182

Chapter 7: Welcome to the Command Line 183

Starting Up the Terminal 184

Getting Started 185

Building Pipelines 186

Running Commands as Superuser 187

Finding Help 188

Moving around the Filesystem 189

Manipulating Files and Folders 190

System Information Commands 191

Searching and Editing Text Files 192

Dealing with Users and Groups 193

Getting Help on the Command Line 194

Searching for Man Files 195

Using Wildcards 195

Executing Multiple Commands 196

Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line 198

Chapter 8: The Ubuntu Server 199

What Is Ubuntu Server? 200

Installing Ubuntu Server 202

Ubuntu Package Management 214

Ubuntu Server Security 225

Advanced Topics 232

Summary 238

Chapter 9: Ubuntu-Related Projects and Derivatives 241

Recognized Derivatives 242

Editions 253

Remixes 254

Other Distributions 256

Launchpad 258

Bazaar 267

Ubuntu One 268

Summary 273

Chapter 10: The Ubuntu Community 275

Venues 277

Teams, Processes, and Community Governance 293

Getting Involved 306

Submitting Apps to the Ubuntu Software Center 310

Summary 310

Index 313

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