Beginning Ubuntu Linux

ISBN-10: 1590596277
ISBN-13: 9781590596272
Edition: 2006
Authors: Keir Thomas
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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 3/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.134
Language: English

The book is interspersed with images and screen shots making it easier to visualize the steps being explained. All in all a good book which is both informative and entertaining at the same time. - Ravi Kumar, Slashdot contributor Winner of theLinux Journal Editors' Choice 2006 Award for best End-User/Nontechnical Book! Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professionalis the best-selling guide to the hottest new Linux distribution. Within its 600 in-depth pages, you'll learn how to become a pro-level Linux user. The book starts by introducing you to the world of Linux. Then it outlines Ubuntu installation in illustrated steps, after which you'll learn how to configure every piece of everyday tech hardware such as your Internet connection, printers, 3D graphics cards, Bluetooth devices, and much more. Then you'll learn fun tasks such as listening to audio CDs and MP3s, watching movies, performing office tasks, and even image editing. Additionally, there's a series of comprehensive tutorials on Linux internals and the command-line prompt--essential for any Linux expert--and the book includes special sections on optimization, security, and system maintenance. The book comes with a CD containing the complete Linux distribution. All you need to do is insert the CD and follow the instructions in the book to install this distribution.

Keir Thomas has been writing about computers for nearly two decades and is the author of the best-selling Mac Kung Fu and Ubuntu Kung Fu, also from Pragmatic Bookshelf. The author of more than ten books, which have been read by more than a million people and translated into many languages, Keir formerly edited computer magazines. He lives in England with two cats.

About the Author
About the Technical Reviewer
Acknolwedgments
Introduction
Introducing the World of Linux
Welcome!
What Is Linux?
The Age of Linux
The Problems with Windows
The Benefits of Linux
The Linux Community
Summary
A History and Politics Lesson
In the Beginning
The GNU Project
Proprietary Software and the GPL
GNU and Linux Together
Different Flavors of Linux
Linux Today
Modern Linux Development
Summary
The Realities of Running Linux
Learning to Use Linux
Who Uses Linux?
Getting Hold of Linux
Using Ubuntu
Summary
Installing Ubuntu
Preinstallation Steps
Understanding Partitioning
Freeing Up Space
Backing Up Your Data
Summary
Installing Ubuntu
An Overview of the Installation Process
Step-by-Step Guide
Summary
Solving Installation Problems
Preinstallation Problems
Installation Problems
Postinstallation Problems
Graphical Problems
Summary
The No-Nonsense Getting Started Guide
Booting Ubuntu for the First Time
Starting Up
Logging In
Exploring the Desktop
Running Programs
Working with Virtual Desktops
Using the Mouse
Cutting and Pasting Text
Summary
Getting Everything Up and Running
Ubuntu Hardware Support
Getting Online
Setting Up Online Software Repositories
Configuring E-Mail and Instant Messaging
Adding a Printer
Setting Up Digital Imaging Devices
Using a USB Memory Stick
Installing 3D Graphics Card Drivers
Configuring Bluetooth
Configuring Sound Cards
Summary
How to Secure Your Computer
Windows Security vs. Linux Security
Root and Ordinary Users
Common-Sense Security
Online Updates
The Ubuntu Firewall
Summary
Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right
Changing the Look and Feel
Adding and Removing Desktop Items
Setting Power-Saving Features
Summary
Ubuntu Replacements for Windows Programs
Available Software
A Quick Start with Common Linux Programs
Summary
Managing Your Files
Understanding File System Concepts
Using Nautilus
Launching Files and Running Programs
Accessing Windows Files
Accessing Removable Storage Devices
Summary
The Shell and Beyond
Introducing the BASH Shell
What Is the BASH Shell?
Why Bother with the Shell?
When Should You Use the Shell?
Getting Started with the Shell
Working with Files
Summary
Understanding Linux Files and Users
Real Files and Virtual Files
Users and File Permissions
The File System Explained
Mounting
File Searches
File Size and Free Space
Summary
Working with Text Files
Viewing Text Files
Using a Command-Line Text Editor
Searching Through Files
Comparing Text Files
Summary
Taking Control of the System
Viewing Processes
Controlling Processes
Controlling Jobs
Summary
Cool Shell Tricks
Using Autocompletion
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Using the Command History
Piping and Directing Output
Summary
Multimedia
Digital Music
Understanding the Legalities of Playback
Playing Music Files
Listening to Audio CDs
Tuning in to Online Radio Stations
Ripping Music from CDs
Creating Your Own CDs
Summary
Movies and Multimedia
Watching Videos
Watching DVDs
Playing Flash Animations
Watching TV
Summary
Image Editing
Getting Pictures onto Your PC
Introducing The GIMP
Editing Images with The GIMP
Applying Filters
Summary
Office Tasks
Making the Move to OpenOffice.org
Office Similarities
OpenOffice.Org Key Features
File Compatibility
The Right Fonts
Summary
OpenOffice.org Overview
Introducing the Interface
Customizing the Interface
Using OpenOffice.org Core Functions
Summary
In Depth: Writer
Formatting Text
Spell-Checking
Inserting Pictures
Working with Tables
Mail Merging
Adding Headers and Footers
Summary
In Depth: Calc
Entering and Formatting Data
Deleting and Inserting Data and Cells
Working with Formulas
Sorting Data
Creating Charts
Using Filters
Summary
In Depth: Impress
Creating a Quick Presentation
Working in Impress
Animating Slides
Applying Fontwork
Using 3D Effects
Exporting a Presentation As a Flash File
Summary
In Depth: Base
Getting Started with Base
Creating a Database
Using the Database
Summary
In Depth: Evolution
Evolution Modes
Basic E-Mail Tasks
Advanced E-Mail Tasks
Contacts
Calendars
Tasks
Summary
Running Microsoft Office Under Ubuntu
Installing and Configuring Wine
Installing Microsoft Office
Running Office Components
Installing Other Windows Programs
Summary
Keeping Your System Running
Installing Software
Software Installation Basics
The Synaptic Package Manager in Depth
Package Management from the Command Prompt
Installing from Source
Summary
Managing Users
Understanding User and Group Accounts
Adding and Deleting Users and Groups
Adding and Changing Passwords
Summary
Optimizing Your System
Speeding Up Booting
Optimizing Hard Disk Settings
Prelinking
Freeing Disk Space
Adding Another Disk Drive
Summary
Backing Up Data
What Data Should You Back Up?
Using SBackup
Making Backups from the Command Line
Summary
Scheduling Tasks
Scheduling with crontab
Scheduling with anacron
Using at to Schedule One-Off Tasks
Summary
Accessing Computers Remotely
Using Secure Shell
Accessing GUI Applications Remotely
Connecting to Remote Windows Computers
Summary
Glossary of Linux Terms
BASH Command Index
Getting Further Help
Read the Manual!
Man Pages
Info Pages
README Files and Other Documentation
Getting Help Online
Forums
Mailing Lists
Other Official Sites
Third-Party Sites
Other Versions of Ubuntu
Kubuntu
Edubuntu
Ubuntu Server
Xubuntu
Other Ubuntu Projects
Index

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