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Ubuntu: Up and Running: A Power User's Desktop Guideby Robin Nixon
Synopses & Reviews
Ubuntu is perfect for people with little technical background: it's easier to install and use than most Linux distributions, and has a strong focus on security. With Ubuntu: Up and Running, you'll get everything you need to know to become a power user of Ubuntu 10.04 and above.
This easy-to-follow guide takes you beyond the programs that appear the first time you boot up. You'll learn about Ubuntu's practical applications for everyday use, and discover lots of other great software available for Linux systems, including where to get it and how to install it. This book provides a DVD with several Ubuntu editions for various types of users. You'll learn how install Ubuntu 9.10 and upgrade immediately to the current stable version of your chosen edition. Follow simple steps to install Ubuntu editions, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and the Mythbuntu multimedia release Learn about the command line and how to configure your Ubuntu operating system Choose among three desktop environments (GNOME, KDE, and XFCE) Understand the file system and users, including file and folder permissions Network Ubuntu, connect to the Internet, and use web browsers and other tools Get an in-depth introduction to the OpenOffice.org business productivity suite Connect peripherals such as cameras and printers Learn how to use WINE to run Windows programs
Book News Annotation:
After introducing the history and advantages of Ubuntu (a South African word meaning "humanity toward others") as a free, open source alternative to traditional computer operating systems, a UK technical author/"community management dork" explains the parts of the most popular Linux distribution, its versions and desktop environments. Nixon then covers the nuts and bolts of installing, upgrading, and using Ubuntu features, e.g., WINE for running Windows programs, and related software. The DVD contains several multimedia editions of Ubuntu 9.10, and Ubuntu Netbook edition (upgradable to 10.4). The book includes trial access to an online edition. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This easy-to-follow guide takes new Ubuntu users beyond the basic programs to highlight the system's practical applications for everyday use. Includes a DVD with several Ubuntu editions for various types of users.
Ubuntu for everyone! This popular Linux-based operating system is perfect for people with little technical background. It's simple to install, and easy to use — with a strong focus on security. Ubuntu: Up and Running shows you the ins and outs of this system with a complete hands-on tour. You'll learn how Ubuntu works, how to quickly configure and maintain Ubuntu 10.04, and how to use this unique operating system for networking, business, and home entertainment.
This book includes a DVD with the complete Ubuntu system and several specialized editions — including the Mythbuntu multimedia release.
About the Author
Robin started his computing career in the Cheshire homes for disabled people, where he was responsible for setting up computer rooms in a number of residential homes, and for evaluating and tailoring hardware and software so that disabled people could use the new technology--sometimes by means of only a single switch operated by mouth or finger.
After writing articles for computer magazines about his work with disabled people, he eventually worked full time for one of the country's main IT magazine publishers, where he held several roles including editorial, promotions, and cover disc editing.
With the dawn of the Internet in the 1990s, Robin branched out into developing websites. One of these presented the world's first radio station licensed by the music copyright holders, and was featured in several news reports on TV and radio networks in the United Kingdom. In order to enable people to continue to surf while listening, Robin also developed the first known pop-up windows.
Robin lives on the southeast coast of England with his wife Julie, a trained nurse, and five children, where he also finds time to foster three disabled children, as well as working full time from home as a technical author.
Table of Contents
ForewordPrefaceChapter 1: About UbuntuChapter 2: Installing and Upgrading UbuntuChapter 3: ConfiguringChapter 4: The Desktop: Accessing Applications and FeaturesChapter 5: The Filesystem, File Attributes, and PermissionsChapter 6: The Nautilus File BrowserChapter 7: The Command LineChapter 8: Installing and Removing SoftwareChapter 9: System Maintenance and SecurityChapter 10: Networking UbuntuChapter 11: The InternetChapter 12: Using OpenOffice.orgChapter 13: Playing GamesChapter 14: Pictures, Sound, and VideoChapter 15: Other Ubuntu DistributionsChapter 16: Using WineColophon
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