Synopses & Reviews
Completely free and highly robust, Ubuntu has the power to bring the Linux desktop to the masses. INTRODUCING UBUNTU: DESKTOP LINUX is your key to learning this new, user-friendly, and free alternative to Windows. Think of it as a personal tutorial, a one-on-one class with an expert user of Ubuntu. It begins by helping you choose the right Ubuntu for you (yes, there's more than one), and guides you through installing Ubuntu, managing the desktop, installing printers, and getting online. From there, the book moves on to describe how to perform everyday tasks under Ubuntu, such as sending and receiving e-mail, playing MP3s and movies, messaging with friends, working with digital images, and much more. There's plenty of information on how to use OpenOffice.org programs such as Writer, Calc, and Impress as well. While this is an excellent book for the general consumer, the book also addresses business-oriented users of Ubuntu for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market through the use of sidebars. This is the only "up-and-running" guide to Ubuntu you will ever need.
About the Author
Brian Proffitt is a technology expert who blogs on ITworld.com on Open Source technology and Twitters as @TheTechScribe on a wide range of technology sectors. Currently, he is an adjunct instructor at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Formerly the Community Manager of the Linux Foundation, he has also been Managing Editor of Linux Today (linuxtoday.com), a news and information site about all things Linux and Open Source, as well as four other Linux Web sites for Jupitermedia Corp. He is the author of numerous books on computer technology.
Table of Contents
PART I - INSTALLING AND CONFIGURING UBUNTU Chapter 1. What is Ubuntu? Chapter 2. Before You Install Ubuntu Chapter 3: Installing Ubuntu Chapter 4: Desktop Basics Chapter 5: Getting Online Chapter 6: Making Hardware Go PART II - USING UBUNTU Chapter 7: Taking the Grand Tour Chapter 8: Installing and Updating Software Chapter 9: Basic File Management Chapter 10: Surfing the Web Chapter 11: Mail Call Chapter 12: Messaging Tools Chapter 13: Multimedia Tools Chapter 14: Working With Windows PART III - USING OPENOFFICE.ORG Chapter 15: Documenting with Writer Chapter 16: Analyzing with Calc Chapter 17: Presenting with Impress Chapter 18: Drawing with Draw