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

by Jonathan Oxer, Kyle Rankin, Bill Childers
 

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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

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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 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

Editorial Reviews

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The Barnes & Noble Review
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596527204
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Hacks Series
Pages:
450
Sales rank:
976,772
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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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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