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"A fast, crystal-clear topical tour of the amazing collective accomplishment embodied in Ubuntu." -Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
Ubuntu 8.04 has been hailed as the Linux distribution for newbies, and it's certainly the Linux for the less geeky among us. Even the name is user friendly-it's a South African term that translates roughly as "humanity toward others" and could also describe author Rickford Grant's approach to teaching Linux.
Full of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition is a hands-on, project-based guide to Ubuntu 8.04 for those interested in-but nervous about-switching to the Linux operating system. This edition has been updated for Hardy Heron, the latest Ubuntu release (8.04), with its improved multimedia support and desktop effects. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you've learned.
Ubuntu for Non-Geeks covers those day-to-day tasks that most non-geeks will want to perform, like how to:
- Download and install free software, games, and utilities
- Connect to wired and wireless networks or transfer files via Bluetooth
- Configure printers, scanners, monitors, and USB flash drives
- Watch DVDs, listen to music, and even sync your iPod
- Edit and share your digital photos and videos
- Customize the look and feel of your system
- Tackle more advanced tasks like working with commands and using Windows applications
Whether you're new to computers, looking for a pain-free way to make the Linux switch, or just want a low-cost alternative to Windows, Ubuntu 8.04 is easier than ever. Try it and you'll see.
The new edition of this bestselling guide to Ubuntu Linux for beginners offers step-by-step projects that have readers interacting with their system as they build upon previously learned concepts. This edition also features increased coverage of Bluetooth, wireless networking, and modems.
About the Author
Rickford Grant is the author of Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been a computer operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is currently working as a teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Dedication; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION; Who Is This Book For?; Version Compatibility; Concept and Approach; How to Use This Book; About the Conventions Used in This Book; About the Projects in This Book; Chapter 1: BECOMING A PENGUINISTA; 1.1 What Is Linux?; 1.2 About the Penguin; 1.3 Why Should I Use Linux?; 1.4 But Is Linux Really Ready for the Desktop?; 1.5 What Is a Distribution?; 1.6 What Is Ubuntu?; 1.7 Hardware Compatibility; 1.8 Hardware Requirements; 1.9 Good News for AMD64 Users; 1.10 Mixed News for Mac Users; 1.11 Speaking Ubuntu; 1.12 Where Do I Go from Here?; Chapter 2: WADING AND DIVING; 2.1 Going in for a Dip; 2.2 Choices, Choices, Choices--Installation Options; Chapter 3: A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME; 3.1 Welcome to the GNOME Desktop; 3.2 The Top Panel; 3.3 The Bottom Panel; 3.4 Project 3A: Customizing the GNOME Panel; 3.5 Project 3B: Manipulating Menus; 3.6 Virtual Desktops; 3.7 Wanda Revisited--GNOME Easter Eggs; 3.8 Shutting Down; Chapter 4: MORE THAN WEBBED FEET; 4.1 Setting Up a High-Speed Connection; 4.2 Setting Up a Wireless Connection; 4.3 Setting Up a Dial-Up Connection; 4.4 Firefox: Your Internet Browser; 4.5 Project 4A: Installing Firefox Extensions; 4.6 Project 4B: Installing the Flash Plugin; 4.7 Email with Evolution; 4.8 An Email Alternative: Thunderbird; 4.9 Other Internet Applications; Chapter 5: ROUNDING OUT THE BIRD; 5.1 Project 5A: Installing Applications via GNOME App Install; 5.2 Project 5B: Installing Applications via Synaptic; 5.3 Removing Applications via Synaptic; 5.4 Upgrading Applications via Synaptic; 5.5 Performing System Upgrades via Update Manager; 5.6 If an Update Ruins Your Day...or System; Chapter 6: A TIDY NEST; 6.1 Nautilus: Your File Manager; 6.2 File Handling in Nautilus; 6.3 Navigating in Nautilus; 6.4 Understanding the Linux Filesystem; 6.5 What's in All Those Other Folders?; 6.6 Using Nautilus as a Network Browser; 6.7 Reading Data CDs and DVDs; 6.8 Burning Data CDs and DVDs; 6.9 Burning ISO Images to Disk; 6.10 Creating Your Own ISO Images; 6.11 Burning Multisession CDs; 6.12 Duplicating CDs and DVDs; 6.13 USB Storage Devices; 6.14 Working with Bluetooth Devices; 6.15 Project 6: Creating and Extracting Compressed Files; Chapter 7: DRESSING UP THE BIRD; 7.1 Project 7A: Creating a New User Account; 7.2 Project 7B: Customizing Your Desktop Environment; 7.3 Project 7C: Placing Home and Trash Icons on the Desktop; 7.4 Project 7D: Changing Your Login Screen; 7.5 Project 7E: Changing Your Splash Screen; 7.6 Choosing a Screensaver; 7.7 Screenshots; 7.8 Visual Effects; Chapter 8: SIMPLE KITTEN WAYS; 8.1 Meet the Terminal; 8.2 Some Goofy, Yet Useful, Fun with the Command Terminal; 8.3 Nontoxic Commands; 8.4 Commands with Some Teeth; 8.5 A Couple of Other Biters You'll Be Using Soon; 8.6 Project 8A: Creating a Plan; 8.7 Project 8B: More Command Practice with pyWings; 8.8 Project 8C: Command Practice Review with Briscola; 8.9 Customizing the Terminal; 8.10 Tabbed Shell Sessions in the Terminal; Chapter 9: ALIENS, TARBALLS, A GLASS OF WINE, AND A CUP OF JOE; 9.1 Project 9A: Installing the Java Runtime Environment and Running Java Apps: Risk; 9.2 Project 9B: A Little More Hands-On Java Experience: Schnapsen; 9.3 Project 9C: Say It Ain't So, Joe--Running Windows Applications with Wine; 9.4 Project 9D: Installing DEB Packages Not Available via the Ubuntu Repositories: Skype; 9.5 Project 9E: Converting RPMs to DEB Packages Using Alien; 9.6 Project 9F: Compiling and Installing Programs from Source: Xmahjongg; Chapter 10: GUTENBIRD; 10.1 Printers; 10.2 Canceling a Print Job; 10.3 Scanners; Chapter 11: FONT FEATHERED FRENZY; 11.1 Project 11A: Installing TrueType Fonts Locally; 11.2 Project 11B: Installing TrueType Fonts Globally; 11.3 Project 11C: Installing Microsoft Windows Core Fonts via Synaptic; 11.4 Project 11D: Installing Microsoft Core Fonts from Your Windows Partition (for Dual-Booters); 11.5 Customizing Your System Fonts; 11.6 Creating Your Own Fonts with FontForge; Chapter 12: POLYGLOT PENGUINS; 12.1 Read-Only Language Support; 12.2 Typing Nonstandard Characters; 12.3 Viewing Your System in Another Language; 12.4 Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Input; 12.5 Project 12: Installing Asian Language Input Support for SCIM; Chapter 13: PENGUINS BACK AT WORK; 13.1 OpenOffice.org; 13.2 Word Processing Done Lightly with AbiWord; 13.3 Some Other Cool Productivity Apps; Chapter 14: BRUSH-WIELDING PENGUINS; 14.1 Project 14A: Importing Images from Digital Cameras; 14.2 Project 14B: Working with Digital Images in F-Spot Photo Manager; 14.3 Getting Arty with the GIMP; 14.4 gpaint; 14.5 Inkscape; 14.6 Project 14C: Installing Picasa; 14.7 A Few Other Graphics Apps to Consider; Chapter 15: TUX ROCKS; 15.1 Audio File Formats; 15.2 Project 15A: Installing MP3 Support for Audio Apps; 15.3 Audio Rippers and Encoders; 15.4 Audio Players; 15.5 Project 15B: Listening to Streaming Media with Rhythmbox; 15.6 Creating Audio CDs; 15.7 Project 15C: Listening to RealMedia Streams with RealPlayer; 15.8 Other Cool Audio Apps; Chapter 16: PLUGGIN' IN THE PENGUIN; 16.1 Knowing Your Limits; 16.2 iPod Filesystem Formats; 16.3 Managing Your iPod in Ubuntu; 16.4 Photo Transfer with GPixPod; 16.5 Converting Audio File Formats; 16.6 Linux on Your iPod?; 16.7 Other MP3 Players; Chapter 17: COUCH PENGUINS; 17.1 Playing Video Streams with RealPlayer; 17.2 DVDs; 17.3 Project 17: Installing Support for Encrypted DVDs; 17.4 Totem Movie Player; 17.5 Using Your Digital Video Camera; 17.6 Other Video Apps; Chapter 18: DEFENDING THE NEST; 18.1 Does My System Need Protection?; 18.2 The First Line of Defense; 18.3 Software Firewalls; 18.4 ClamAV: Antivirus Software, Linux Style; 18.5 Project 18: Virus Scanning with avast!; UBUNTU DESKTOP CDS FOR AMD64 USERS; Downloading and Burning Ubuntu Desktop CD ISOs to CD; Ordering an Install Disk from Ubuntu; Ordering an Install Disk from Other Online Sources; RESOURCES; Forums; Linux Reference; Blogs; Hardware Compatibility Issues; Wireless Connections; Free Downloads; News and Information; Magazines; Books; Ubuntu CDs; COLOPHON;