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Publisher Comments:

Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community, support, and ease of use without compromising speed, power, or flexibility. It’s Linux for human beings—designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support), a.k.a., “Hardy Heron,” is the latest release—more powerful, more flexible, and friendlier than ever. The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, will get you up and running quickly.

Written by expert leading Ubuntu community members, this book covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, or programmer. The authors cover Ubuntu 8.04 LTS from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Among the many new topics covered in this edition: the new Edubuntu and the brand new Kubuntu Remix including KDE 4.

The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, 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’ll

  • Learn how to customize Ubuntu for home, small business, school, government, and enterprise environments
  • Learn how to quickly update Ubuntu to accommodate new versions and new applications
  • Find up-to-the-minute troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide
  • Learn Ubuntu Server installation and administration, including LVM and RAID implementation
  • Learn about Edubuntu—Ubuntu optimized specifically for the classroom

The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms, preconfigured with an outstanding desktop environment for both home and business computing. It can be used to install other complete variants of Ubuntu including Kubuntu (with the KDE environment), and Edubuntu (for use in schools).

Book News Annotation:

Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes community and support, designed for everyone from computer novices to experts. This book/DVD reference and tutorial, written by leading Ubuntu community members, covers essentials for making the most of the latest release, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Coverage encompasses installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, and support. This third edition covers the new Edubuntu and the new Kubuntu Remix including KDE 4. The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms preconfigured with a desktop environment for both home and business computing. It can be used to install other complete variants of Ubuntu including Kubuntu (with the KDE environment) and Edubuntu (for use in schools). The book is for home and small business users, server administrators, and programmers. Hill serves on Ubuntu's Community Council governance board. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

About the Author

Benjamin Mako Hill is a Seattle native working out of Boston, Massachusetts. Mako is a long-time free software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team and one of the first employees of Canonical Ltd. In addition to some technical work, his charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project’s first year. Mako is currently a fellow at the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, a senior researcher at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a contractor for the One Laptop per Child project. Mako has continued his involvement with Ubuntu as a member of the Community Council governance board, through development work, and through projects such as this book.

Corey Burger lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and is a long-term user and contributor to Ubuntu. A member of the Ubuntu Canada and the Community Council, he has been involved with Ubuntu since its first release. Corey is currently a geography student and has most recently worked for a Canadian Linux company. He also contributes to OpenStreetMap and works to promote Ubuntu on Vancouver Island. Corey speaks regularly about Ubuntu, OpenStreetMap, and open source to a wide variety of audiences.

Jonathan Jesse is a full-time Microsoft Windows consultant specializing in IT lifecycle management products. He has a strong interest in Linux and open source software focusing on Ubuntu and Kubuntu. Since Jonathan is not a developer or a programmer, he struggled to find a way to give back to the open source community. Beginning with the Hoary Hedgehog release, he joined the Ubuntu Documentation Team by proofreading and submitting patches to the mailing list, then worked on the Kubuntu documents. Currently, Jonathan is involved in working on bugs for the Kubuntu Team, the Ubuntu Wiki, and the Laptop Testing Team. Ubuntu and Kubuntu have given Jonathan a way to give back to the community without having to be a developer, and he encourages everyone to come help him out.

Jono Bacon ( is the community leader for Ubuntu. Previously he was a consultant for the United Kingdom’s government-funded OpenAdvantage ( center in England, where he worked with businesses, education and charitable organizations, and individuals to help them move to open source software and open standards. He is the cocreator of the popular LugRadio podcast.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition           xxv

Preface              xxxi

Acknowledgments             xxxiii

About the Authors               xxxv

Introduction               xxxvii

Chapter 1: Introducing Ubuntu                 1

A Wild Ride        2

Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux        3

A Brief History of Ubuntu           7

What Is Ubuntu?          12

Ubuntu Promises and Goals           18

Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation           25

Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin-offs         30

Summary        32

Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu           33

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version            34

Getting Ubuntu           36

Installing from the Desktop CD           38

Installing from the Alternate Install CD          47

Summary          55

Chapter 3: Using Ubuntu on the Desktop                       57

Taking Your Desktop for a Ride             59

Using Your Applications           68

The Ubuntu File Chooser and Bookmarks           101

Ubuntu in Your Language          102

Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel            103

Managing Your Files           105

Ubuntu and Multimedia          111

Summary         117

Chapter 4: Advanced Usage and Managing Ubuntu                  119

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages         120

Keeping Your Computer Updated             126

Moving to the Next Ubuntu Release          129

Using and Abusing Devices and Media          130

Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu               133

Graphically Accessing Remote Files         138

The Terminal          139

Working with Windows         144

Summary              146

Chapter 5: The Ubuntu Server             147

What Is Ubuntu Server?          148

Installing Ubuntu Server          150

Ubuntu Package Management         161

Ubuntu Server Security            172

Summary              179

Chapter 6: Support and Typical Problems           181

The System           182

Applications         196

Multimedia           200

Networking           206

Hardware              211

System Administration            222

Other                     233

Summary               239

Chapter 7: The Ubuntu Community                     241

Venues              243

Teams, Processes, and Community Governance             259

Getting Involved                267

Summary                     270

Chapter 8: Using Kubuntu                      271

Introduction to Kubuntu           272

Installing Kubuntu               274

Navigating in Kubuntu              277

Customizing Kubuntu             282

System Administration                 284

Managing Files with Kubuntu             302

Common Applications                   307

Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community           320

Summary          321

Chapter 9: Using Edubuntu                  323

Introduction to Edubuntu              324

Installing Edubuntu as an Add-on           326

Applications             327

Using Edubuntu in LTSP Mode               334

Managing Your LTSP Server              349

Managing Your Edubuntu Clients             356

Controlling and Managing the Users’ Desktops          359

Troubleshooting LTSP            362

Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community            365

Summary                367

Chapter 10: Ubuntu-Related Projects                     369

Ubuntu Editions             370

Derived Distributions             374

Launchpad                377

Bazaar                     384

Summary              384

Appendix A: Welcome to the Command Line                    385

Starting Up the Terminal              385

Moving Around the Filesystem             385

Manipulating Files and Folders            387

System Information Commands               388

Searching and Editing Text Files              389

Dealing with Users and Groups                390

Getting Help on the Command Line              391

Searching for Man Files               391

Using Wildcards               392

Executing Multiple Commands              392

Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line             393

Appendix B: Ubuntu Foundation Documents                            395

Code of Conduct              395

Leadership Code of Conduct             398

Ubuntu Philosophy             401

Components            402

Licensing             405

Appendix C: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Open Publication License                    409

Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States           409

License           409

Creative Commons Notice            417

Appendix D: Ubuntu Equivalents to Windows Programs             419

On the Ubuntu Desktop               419

Additional Applications               421

Index                          423

Product Details

Hill, Benjamin Mako
Prentice Hall PTR
Bacon, Jono
Burger, Corey
Jesse, Jonathan
Krstic, Ivan
Helmke, Matthew
Operating Systems - LINUX
Operating systems (computers)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
June 2008
Mixed media, eg book and CD-ROM, book and toy etc
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9.22 x 7 x 1.285 in 984 gr

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