The Official Ubuntu Book / Edition 7

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Overview

Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community, support, and ease of use while also enhancing speed, power, and flexibility. It is Linux for human beings, designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. Ubuntu 12.04 is the latest release—more powerful, more forward-looking, and friendlier than ever. The Official Ubuntu Book, Seventh Edition, will get you up and running quickly.

This title serves a wide audience: Ubuntu novices, intermediate users, ,those who just want to test the waters and give Ubuntu a try, 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, starting from little to no experience with Ubuntu or Linux and maturing through proficiency and power use as a regular, everyday home or business user.

Written by expert, leading Ubuntu community members, this book covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu 12.04, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, programmer, or novice. The authors explain Ubuntu 12.04 from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. A new focus 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.

This complete guide also covers standard desktop applications, from word processing, spreadsheets, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, music, video, and games, to software development, databases, and server applications.

In addition, you will

  • Learn how to 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
  • Learn how to use Ubuntu One to buy legal music from your favorite artists and how to use cloud storage to back up or share your important files
  • Learn how you can be a part of the community that creates Ubuntu

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: 9780133017601
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 7/13/2012
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 983,596
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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 also writes 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 Foreword to the First Edition

Preface

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Ubuntu Story

Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Ubuntu

Chapter 4: Becoming an Ubuntu Power User

Chapter 5:Finding and Installing Ubuntu Applications

Chapter 6: Customizing Ubuntu Performance, Accessibility, and Fun

Chapter 7: Welcome to the Command Line

Chapter 8: The Ubuntu Server

Chapter 9: Ubuntu-Related Projects and Derivatives

Chapter 10: The Ubuntu Community

Index

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