Ubuntu Netbooks: The Path to Low-Cost Computing

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Welcome to the cloud for users, where the speed of Ubuntu and the ease of cloud applications unite. You can now speed up your netbook, connect to the world using 3G modems, or make calls using Skype with Ubuntu. You can even change your desktop altogether without having to worry about netbook screen real estate. Now, you will never have to worry about the lack of ...

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Overview

Welcome to the cloud for users, where the speed of Ubuntu and the ease of cloud applications unite. You can now speed up your netbook, connect to the world using 3G modems, or make calls using Skype with Ubuntu. You can even change your desktop altogether without having to worry about netbook screen real estate. Now, you will never have to worry about the lack of documentation for your netbook again.

  • Install and configure Ubuntu on a netbook.
  • Connect and secure Ubuntu on your netbook.
  • Tune Ubuntu and cloud applications to run on your netbook.


What you’ll learn

  • Install Ubuntu on a netbook
  • Connect to the Internet via 3G modems
  • Trick out Ubuntu with new applications
  • Work with multimedia
  • Optimize Ubuntu for your netbook


Who this book is for

Every netbook user who is using Linux on netbooks or wants to replace XP with Linux.

Table of Contents

  1. Installing Ubuntu on a Netbook
  2. Starting to Use Ubuntu Netbook Remix
  3. Getting Connected
  4. Netbook Online
  5. Creating Office Files
  6. Working with Media
  7. Optimizing Netbook Settings
  8. Netbook Management


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430224419
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sander van Vugt is an independent trainer and consultant, living in the Netherlands and working throughout the European Union. He specializes in Linux and Novell systems, and has worked with both for more than 10 years. Besides being a trainer, he is also an author, having written more than 20 books and hundreds of technical articles. He is a Master Certified Novell Instructor (MCNI) and holds LPIC-1 and -2 certificates, as well as all important Novell certificates.
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Table of Contents

About the Author x

About the Technical Reviewer xi

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Installing Ubuntu on a netbook 1

Netbook Particularities 1

The Netbook and Linux 2

Why Linux? 2

Reasons Not to Use Linux 2

Ubuntu and the Netbook 3

Which Ubuntu? 3

Preparing for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix Installation 4

Writing the Image to a USB Key in Windows 5

Writing the Image to a USB Key in Linux 5

Writing the Image to a USB Key with Ubuntu Image Writer 6

Performing the Installation 6

Summary 14

Chapter 2 Starting to Use Ubuntu Netbook Remix 15

A Radical New Interface 15

Changing Settings from the Panel 16

The Launcher: Your Netbook's Home Screen 18

Access to Documents and Files 22

Using the File Browser 24

Exploring the Root File System 27

Managing Trash 28

Specifying File Properties 29

Setting Preferences 33

About Me 34

Appearance 35

Display 36

Main Menu 37

Screensaver 39

Switch Desktop Mode 41

Quitting 42

Summary 44

Chapter 3 Getting Connected 45

Configuring Bluetooth 45

Connecting to a 3G network 49

Connecting Your Netbook to a Cell Phone 50

Using Your Cell Phone as a Modem 50

Connecting to a Wireless Network 53

Wireless Networking Background 54

Connecting to the Wireless Network 55

Connecting to an Unlisted Wireless Network 57

Connecting to a Hidden Wireless Network 57

Creating a New Wireless Connection 58

Troubleshooting Wireless Connections 59

Connecting to a Wired Network 60

Analyzing and Troubleshooting Network Connections 62

Analyzing Network Connections Using the Network Tools 63

Devices 63

Ping 64

Netstat 65

Traceroute 67

Port Scan 69

Lookup 70

Finger 71

Whois72

Editing Advanced Network Properties 72

Summary 76

Chapter 4 Netbook Online 77

Using the Firefox Web Browser 77

Optimizing the Firefox Display for Use on Your Netbook 79

Working with Plugins, Add-ons, and Extensions 79

Setting Your Privacy Preferences 84

Setting Firefox Security Options 87

Working with the Search Bar 87

Working with Bookmarks 89

Working with Mail and Calendar 93

Creating a Mail Account in Evolution 94

Sending and Receiving Mail 102

Managing Your Schedule with Evolution 105

Managing Tasks in Evolution 110

Making Internet Phone Calls with Skype 111

Installing Skype 111

Configuring Skype 113

Making Your First Phone Call with Skype 115

Advanced Use of Skype 121

Managing Your Status 123

Instant Messaging with Pidgin 125

Summary 126

Chapter 5 Creating Office Files 127

Exploring OpenOffice.org 127

Ensuring Compatibility with Microsoft Office 134

Permanently Changing the Document Type 136

Becoming Familiar with Specific Open Office.org Features 137

Working with OpenOffice.org Styles 142

Creating PDF Files 144

Additional Documentation 149

Summary 150

Chapter 6 Working with Media 151

Enhancing Ubuntu Netbook Remix with Restricted Packages 151

Installing Ubuntu Restricted Extras for Media Support 152

Installing Media Support Using the Medibuntu Repositories 152

Watching Movies 154

Working with Digital Pictures 155

Importing Pictures into F-Spot 156

Organizing Your Pictures 159

Enhancing Your Pictures 165

Enjoying Your Music 172

Playing Back Audio Files 172

The iPod and Other Portable Audio Players 175

Summary 177

Chapter 7 Optimizing Netbook Settings 179

Keyboard Settings and Shortcuts 179

Power-Management Settings 183

Choosing More Efficient Power-Management Options 187

Configuring Accessibility Options 190

Selecting Preferred Applications 190

Setting Keyboard Accessibility Options 192

Selecting Mouse Options for Accessibility 194

Enforcing Regular Breaks 195

Changing Display Settings 196

Summary 199

Chapter 8 Netbook Management 201

Managing Software 201

Installing and Removing Software Packages 201

Managing Software Repositories 205

Updating Software Packages 210

Working with the Update Manager 212

Managing the Keyring 214

Managing Users and Groups 220

Using a Printer 226

Adding a Network Printer 231

An Introduction to Working on the Command-Line Interface 233

Entering Commands 234

Changing Configuration Files 235

Summary 236

Index 237

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