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Ubuntu Linux for Dummies (For Dummies)
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Ubuntu Linux For Dummies (ULFD) is written the “ For Dummies” easy-to-understand, friendly style. This reference book describes how to run Ubuntu directly from CD-ROM (live) and also install it on a PC. The book also shows how to use Ubuntu as personal workstation and network server. The general technical level is directed towards the Linux beginner. However, intermediate and advanced users will find several topics to their liking.
ULFD starts by describing to the reader how to download and start using Ubuntu. The reader then learns how to create a graphical Linux workstation. The reader can then proceed to use Ubuntu as a network server.
The parts are organized as follows:
Part 1 describes the what Ubuntu is and the philosophy behind it. We also explain how to obtain the distribution ISO from the Internet and burn it to a CD-ROM or DVD disc; this part also shows how to purchase a manufactured disc. The reader is shown how to boot directly from the Ubuntu disc or to install the operating system to a hard drive.
Part 2 concentrates on most readers' number-one concern: getting a network connection. Readers learn how to connected to a LAN via a wireless and Ethernet connection. We also describe how to connect to the Internet via broadband (DSL/cable) connections, via an existing LAN and a dialup modems.
Part 3 shows how to use Ubuntu as your every-day workstation. The primary focus is using productivity tools such as OpenOffice.org, a Windows Office compatible office suite, Mozilla Firefox, plus multimedia, graphics and other applications.
Part 4 focuses on the Ubuntu server distribution. This information will help the reader createservices for a home or small business network. We show how to create and manage network services such as web pages, print services, etc. These are simple, yet very useful functions that any network, large or small, needs.
Part 5 completes the Ubuntu coverage by showing how to find helpful information about Ubuntu and Linux in general. It also describe how to tackle common problems. The reader can find and fix most problems with this information.
The appendices provide traditional system administration information.
* Offers valuable advice on creating and managing network services such as Web pages, print services, etc., all of which are simple, yet very useful functions that any network, large or small, needs
Get acquainted with Ubuntu and
taste the freedom
Set up a workstation, connect to a wireless network, get online, and more
Ubuntu is about community — in this case, the Linux community, which is pretty friendly. So is this book, and it will have you up and running with Ubuntu in no time. You'll not only discover how to use the live version, but also how to install it permanently, use Ubuntu for daily work, and even play with multimedia.
What has made Ubuntu the most popular Linux distribution in recent years? It's the emphasis on ease of installation and use. It gets even easier when paired with Ubuntu Linux For Dummies. This friendly reference shows you how to run Ubuntu directly from CD-ROM and install it on a PC as a personal workstation and network server. You’ll find out how to download Ubuntu and start using it right away. You'll also discover how to:
"Ubuntu" means "humanity toward others." Operating system guidebooks don’t get any more humane than Ubuntu Linux For Dummies.
About the Author
Paul G. Sery is a Computer Systems Engineer at Sandia National Laboratories and project leader for Linux thincomputing. Previously, he designed, implemented, and managed Sandia's computer and network systems.
Table of Contents
Part I: Starting Fast.
Chapter 1: Ubuntu and U.
Chapter 2: Live Ubuntu.
Chapter 3: Preparing to Install Ubuntu.
Chapter 4: Installing Ubuntu Linux.
Chapter 5: Ubuntu 101.
Part II: Networking and the Internet.
Chapter 6: Zen and the Art of Ubuntu Networking.
Chapter 7: Cut the Cord: Using Wireless Networking.
Chapter 8: Broadening Your Horizons with Broadband.
Chapter 9: Internet Old School: Using Dialup Modems.
Chapter 10: Protecting Yourself with a Firewall.
Part III: Working with Ubuntu Workstation.
Chapter 11: Introducing GNOME.
Chapter 12: GNOME’s Going Places.
Chapter 13: Printing with GNOME.
Chapter 14: Firing up Firefox.
Chapter 15: Evolution E-Mail, Calendars, and Addresses.
Chapter 16: Opening Your Ubuntu Office with OpenOffice.org.
Part IV: Multimedia Ubuntu.
Chapter 17: Telephonic Ubuntu.
Chapter 18: Instant Messaging.
Chapter 19: Connecting to the Dark Side: Working Remotely on Windows.
Chapter 20: Lyrical Ubuntu: Using Multimedia Applications.
Chapter 21: Graphical Ubuntu.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Almost Ten Ubuntu Resources.
Chapter 23: Almost Ten System-Administration Functions.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Tutti-Fruti Ubuntu.
Appendix B: Stupendous OpenSSH Tricks.
Appendix C: About the CD.
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