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Ubuntu Hacks: Tips and Tools for Exploring, Using, and Tuning Linux

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Ubuntu Linux—the most popular Linux distribution on the planet—preserves the spirit embodied in the ancient African word ubuntu, which means both "humanity to others" and "I am what I am because of who we all are." Ubuntu won the Linux Journal Reader's Choice Award for best Linux distribution and is consistently the top-ranked Linux variant on DistroWatch.com. The reason this distribution is so widely popular is that Ubuntu is designed to be useful, usable, customizable, and ...

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Overview

Ubuntu Linux—the most popular Linux distribution on the planet—preserves the spirit embodied in the ancient African word ubuntu, which means both "humanity to others" and "I am what I am because of who we all are." Ubuntu won the Linux Journal Reader's Choice Award for best Linux distribution and is consistently the top-ranked Linux variant on DistroWatch.com. The reason this distribution is so widely popular is that Ubuntu is designed to be useful, usable, customizable, and always available for free worldwide.

Ubuntu Hacks is your one-stop source for all of the community knowledge you need to get the most out of Ubuntu: a collection of 100 tips and tools to help new and experienced Linux users install, configure, and customize Ubuntu. With this set of hacks, you can get Ubuntu Linux working exactly the way you need it to. Learn how to:

  • Install and test-drive Ubuntu Linux.
  • Keep your system running smoothly
  • Turn Ubuntu into a multimedia powerhouse: rip and burn discs, watch videos, listen to music, and more
  • Take Ubuntu on the road with Wi-Fi wireless networking, Bluetooth, etc.
  • Hook up multiple displays and enable your video card's 3-D acceleration
  • Run Ubuntu with virtualization technology such as Xen and VMware
  • Tighten your system's security
  • Set up an Ubuntu-powered server

Ubuntu Hacks will not only show you how to get everything working just right, you will also have a great time doing it as you explore the powerful features lurking within Ubuntu.

"Put in a nutshell, this book is a collection of around 100 tips and tricks which the authors choose to call hacks, which explain how to accomplish various tasks in Ubuntu Linux. The so called hacks range from down right ordinary to the other end of the spectrum of doing specialised things...More over, each and every tip in this book has been tested by the authors on the latest version of Ubuntu (Dapper Drake) and is guaranteed to work. In writing this book, it is clear that the authors have put in a lot of hard work in covering all facets of configuring this popular Linux distribution which makes this book a worth while buy."
— Ravi Kumar, Slashdot.org

Featuring 100 quick tips and tricks for users of all technical levels, this guide offers beginners installation advice and tips on getting the most out of the free applications packaged with Ubuntu, while intermediate and advanced readers learn the ins-and-outs of power management, wireless roaming, 3D video acceleration, server configuration, and much more.

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Ubuntu has become the world’s No. 1 Linux distribution: polished and reliable enough for newbies, powerful and advanced enough for the most sophisticated users. Whatever group you fall into, Ubuntu Hacks will help you get even more out of Ubuntu.

You’ll appreciate the authors’ up-front installation and configuration tips. (Did you know you can run the Ubuntu Live CD on any PC, plug in a USB key, boot, and have a fully working Ubuntu system with your own documents, settings, and programs?) There’s help on burning CDs, syncing handhelds, setting up wireless networks, and downloading even more software.

You’ll learn how to tighten security, automate backups, rescue unbootable systems, host multiple virtual machines, and set up all manner of servers. As with all of O’Reilly’s Hacks books, the emphasis is on solutions that are clever, creative -- and useful. Bill Camarda, from the August 2006 Read Only

Slashdot.org
The one hack which takes the prize is that which explains how to buy songs at the iTunes music store and download the music on Linux....In writing this book, it is clear that the authors have put in a lot of hard work in covering all facets of configuring this popular Linux distribution which makes this book a worth while buy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596527204
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Series: Hacks Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 1,391,931
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Oxer is the founder and technical director of Internet Vision Technologies in Australia, as well as the past president of Linux Australia, the national organization for Linux users, developers, and vendors.

Kyle Rankin is a system administrator who enjoys troubleshooting, problem solving, and system recovery. He is also the author of Knoppix Hacks, Knoppix Pocket Reference, Linux Multimedia Hacks, and Ubuntu Hacks for O'Reilly Media. He has been using Linux in many different forms since 1998, and has used live CDs to demo Linux and troubleshoot machines — from DemoLinux to the LinuxCare bootable toolbox to Knoppix.

Bill Childers is Director of Enterprise Systems for Quinstreet, Inc. He's been working with Linux and Unix since before it was cool, and previously worked for Sun Microsystems and Set Engineering.

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Table of Contents

Credits

Preface

Chapter 1: Getting Started

Chapter 2: The Linux Desktop

Chapter 3: Multimedia

Chapter 4: Mobile Ubuntu

Chapter 5: X11

Chapter 6: Package Management

Chapter 7: Security

Chapter 8: Administration

Chapter 9: Virtualization and Emulation

Chapter 10: Small Office/Home Office Server

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    VERY VETRY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Do you need to install and test-drive Ubuntu Linux? If you do, then this book is for you. Authors Jonathan Oxer, Kyle Rankin and Bill Childers, have done an outstanding job of writing a cool book that meets the needs of the novice, intermediate, and experienced users in a wide variety of ways. Oxer, Rankin and Childers, begin by showing you how to get started with Ubuntu. Then, the authors help you get the most out of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments for Linux. Next, the authors show you how to play nearly any kind of audio and video, and burn files, music, and movies to optical discs. They also show you how to get going with various wireless cards. The authors continue by showing you how to tweak X11. Then, they show you how to work with packages. Next, the authors show you how to tighten up security on your system. They then show you how to run Ubuntu inside of other operating systems, and other operating systems inside of Ubuntu. Finally, the authors show you how to do a basic server install to installing network services such as DNS, mail, Apache, and more. The hacks in this most excellent book cover the essential areas of Ubuntu. Perhaps more importantly, they¿ll help you maximize your use of the distro!

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