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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
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.
- Choose among three desktop environments: GNOME, KDE, or XFCE
- Connect printers, sound cards, cameras, webcams, and iPhones
- Use the Linux filesystem with either the desktop or the command line
- Learn networking functions, such as file and folder sharing and Internet access
- Get an in-depth introduction to the OpenOffice.org business productivity suite
- Learn how to use WINE to run Windows programs
- Implement upgrades quickly and easily
- Find out where to get, and how to install, other great software for Linux
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
Foreword; Preface; Audience; Assumptions This Book Makes; Organization of This Book; Supporting Books; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; How to Contact Us; Safari® Books Online; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: About Ubuntu; 1.1 Why Ubuntu?; 1.2 The Parts That Make Up Ubuntu; 1.3 Summary; Chapter 2: Installing and Upgrading Ubuntu; 2.1 The Live DVD; 2.2 Starting the Live DVD; 2.3 Alternative Editions; 2.4 Burning a CD or DVD; 2.5 Virtual Installation; 2.6 Full Installation; 2.7 Upgrading to New Releases; 2.8 Summary; Chapter 3: Configuring; 3.1 Keyboard; 3.2 Mouse; 3.3 Graphics; 3.4 Sound; 3.5 PulseAudio; 3.6 Basic Networking; 3.7 Printing; 3.8 TV Tuners; 3.9 Webcams; 3.10 USB Media; 3.11 Summary; Chapter 4: The Desktop: Accessing Applications and Features; 4.1 Logging In; 4.2 Desktop Layout; 4.3 Personalization; 4.4 The Desktop Itself; 4.5 Adding New Users; 4.6 What's New in 10.04; 4.7 Summary; Chapter 5: The Filesystem, File Attributes, and Permissions; 5.1 The Directory Tree; 5.2 Case Sensitivity and Special Characters; 5.3 Mounting Media; 5.4 Hidden Files and Folders; 5.5 Symbolic Links; 5.6 File Extensions; 5.7 File Permissions; 5.8 Users and Groups; 5.9 Other File Attributes; 5.10 The Trash; 5.11 Summary; Chapter 6: The Nautilus File Browser; 6.1 Opening Files and Folders; 6.2 Dragging and Dropping; 6.3 Copying Files and Folders; 6.4 Selecting Files and Folders; 6.5 Zooming In and Out; 6.6 The File Browser Menus; 6.7 Other Features of the File Manager; 6.8 Preferences; 6.9 The View Menu; 6.10 The Go Menu; 6.11 The Bookmarks Menu; 6.12 The Tabs Menu; 6.13 Help; 6.14 Context Menus; 6.15 Template Files; 6.16 The Toolbars; 6.17 Configuration Editor; 6.18 What's New in 10.04; 6.19 Summary; Chapter 7: The Command Line; 7.1 The Terminal; 7.2 Bash; 7.3 The Command-Line Editor; 7.4 Bash Commands; 7.5 Using man; 7.6 Absolute and Relative Paths; 7.7 Using Quotation Marks; 7.8 The PATH Environment Variable; 7.9 Other Environment Variables; 7.10 Alternative Shells; 7.11 Using Nano to Edit Files; 7.12 Shell Scripts; 7.13 Using Backticks; 7.14 Using Pipes; 7.15 Using Redirection; 7.16 Standard Input, Output, and Error; 7.17 Wildcards, Sets, and Brace Expansion; 7.18 Using Aliases; 7.19 File Compression; 7.20 File and Folder Permissions; 7.21 Using sudo; 7.22 System Processes; 7.23 Summary; Chapter 8: Installing and Removing Software; 8.1 The Ubuntu Software Center; 8.2 The Synaptic Package Manager; 8.3 Synaptic's Menus; 8.4 Using Aptitude; 8.5 Using apt-get; 8.6 Summary; Chapter 9: System Maintenance and Security; 9.1 System Maintenance; 9.2 Alpha and Beta Releases; 9.3 System Security; 9.4 Summary; Chapter 10: Networking Ubuntu; 10.1 Remote Desktop; 10.2 Controlling Multiple Local Computers; 10.3 Using Shared Folders; 10.4 Using Keyrings; 10.5 Summary; Chapter 11: The Internet; 11.1 Web Browsing; 11.2 Email; 11.3 Instant Messaging; 11.4 Internet Telephony; 11.5 Peer-to-Peer File Sharing; 11.6 Telnet and SSH; 11.7 Ubuntu One; 11.8 Summary; Chapter 12: Using OpenOffice.org; 12.1 Preparing the Example Files; 12.2 Writer; 12.3 Calc; 12.4 Impress; 12.5 Draw; 12.6 Base; 12.7 Math; 12.8 Built-in Help; 12.9 Evolution Calendar; 12.10 What's New in 10.04?; 12.11 Summary; Chapter 13: Playing Games; 13.1 Built-in Games; 13.2 PlayDeb; 13.3 Other Linux Games; 13.4 PlayOnLinux; 13.5 KDE Games; 13.6 Browser-Based Games; 13.7 Ubuntu Easter Eggs; 13.8 OpenOffice.org StarWars; 13.9 Aptitude Silliness; 13.10 What's New in 10.04; 13.11 Summary; Chapter 14: Pictures, Sound, and Video; 14.1 Movie Player; 14.2 VLC Media Player; 14.3 Rhythmbox Music Player; 14.4 The GIMP Image Editor; 14.5 F-Spot Photo Manager; 14.6 Audacity Audio Editor; 14.7 Rosegarden; 14.8 PiTiVi Video Editor; 14.9 The Take Screenshot Program; 14.10 Summary; Chapter 15: Other Ubuntu Distributions; 15.1 Installation; 15.2 Kubuntu; 15.3 Xubuntu; 15.4 Mythbuntu; 15.5 Edubuntu; 15.6 Ubuntu Netbook Edition; 15.7 Ubuntu Server Edition; 15.8 Ubuntu Studio; 15.9 Eeebuntu; 15.10 Even More Distributions; 15.11 Summary; Chapter 16: Using Wine; 16.1 What Is Wine?; 16.2 The Benefits of Wine; 16.3 Wine's Limitations; 16.4 Installing Wine; 16.5 Installing Microsoft Fonts; 16.6 Configuring Wine; 16.7 Accessing the Windows C: Drive; 16.8 Further Information; 16.9 Summary; Colophon;