The Official Ubuntu Book

The Official Ubuntu Book

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The free Ubuntu operating system has won the hearts and minds of millions of users worldwide. It combines a strong technical platform, impressive quality, and an enthusiastic global community of users who relentlessly support, document, and test it.

The Official Ubuntu Book, Eighth Edition, has been extensively updated with a single goal: to make running today's Ubuntu even more pleasant and productive for you. It's the ideal one-stop knowledge source for Ubuntu novices, those upgrading from older versions or other Linux distributions, and anyone moving toward power-user status.

Its expert authors focus on what you need to know most about installation, applications, media, administration, software applications, and much more. You'll discover powerful Unity desktop improvements that make Ubuntu even friendlier and more convenient. You'll also connect with the amazing Ubuntu community and the incredible resources it offers you.

Learn how to

Reliably install, customize, and update Ubuntu for any home, business, school, or government environment
Get up and running quickly, and then explore Ubuntu and download powerful free software
Customize Ubuntu for performance, accessibility, and fun
Get comfortable with the highly efficient Ubuntu command line
Install, administer, and secure Ubuntu Server, including advanced features such as LVM and RAID
Get involved with related Ubuntu projects
Help build, promote, distribute, support, document, or translate Ubuntu
Get up-to-the-minute help and troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 368 pages
  • 180 x 230 x 22mm | 599.99g
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 8th edition
  • 013390539X
  • 9780133905397
  • 521,942

Table of contents

Foreword to the Sixth Edition xix Foreword to the First Edition xxi

Preface xxvii

Acknowledgments xxxi

About the Authors xxxiii

Introduction xxxv

Chapter 1: The Ubuntu Story 1

The Vision 2

Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux 3

How the Vision Became Ubuntu 7

What Is Ubuntu? 12

Ubuntu Promises and Goals 17

Sustaining the Vision: Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation 26

Beyond the Vision: Ubuntu Subprojects, Flavors, and Spin-Offs 31

Summary 33

Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu 35

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version 36

Getting Ubuntu 38

Booting and Installing 42

Installing from the Minimal CD 54

Summary 61

Chapter 3: Getting Started with Ubuntu 63

Getting Acquainted with Unity 65

Using Applications 76

Using Ubuntu in Your Language 85

Configuring a Printer 86

Keeping Your Computer Updated 90

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages 92

Upgrading to the Next Ubuntu Release 95

Ubuntu and Multimedia 96

Backing Up 102

Customizing Ubuntu's Look and Feel 104

Unity in Other Devices 105

Summary 105

Chapter 4: Finding and Installing Ubuntu Applications 107

Using the Ubuntu Software Center 108

Using Synaptic 115

Useful Software Packages to Explore 118

Summary 145

Chapter 5: Customizing Ubuntu for Performance, Accessibility, and Fun 147

Unity Terminology 148

Appearance Tool 153

Unity Tweak Tool 155

Compiz Config Settings Manager 159

Unity Lenses and Scopes 165

Additional Resources 166

Summary 166

Chapter 6: Becoming an Ubuntu Power User 167

Administering System and User Settings 168

Understanding How Linux Stores and Organizes Files 172

Learning Unity Keyboard Shortcuts 175

Using the Terminal 179

Working with Windows Programs 180

Installing Software from PPAs 181

Compiling Software from Source 183

Summary 184

Chapter 7: Welcome to the Command Line 185

Starting Up the Terminal 186

Getting Started 187

Building Pipelines 188

Running Commands as Superuser 189

Finding Help 190

Moving around the Filesystem 191

Manipulating Files and Folders 192

System Information Commands 193

Searching and Editing Text Files 194

Dealing with Users and Groups 195

Getting Help on the Command Line 196

Searching for Man Files 197

Using Wildcards 197

Executing Multiple Commands 198

Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line 200

Summary 201

Chapter 8: The Ubuntu Server 203

What Is Ubuntu Server? 204

Installing Ubuntu Server 206

Ubuntu Package Management 218

Ubuntu Server Security 229

Advanced Topics 236

Summary 243

Chapter 9: Ubuntu-Related Projects and Derivatives 245

Recognized Flavors 246

Editions 256

Other Distributions 259

Launchpad 261

Bazaar 270

Ubuntu One 272

Summary 272

Chapter 10: The Ubuntu Community 273

Venues 275

Teams, Processes, and Community Governance 289

Getting Involved 299

Summary 302

Index 305
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Review Text

Ubuntu is a free operating system that emphasises community support and ease of use. This guide teaches you how to install and customise Ubuntu for your home or small business. Its open source power can be used in schools, government, or by companies, and is suitable for both desktop and server use
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Review quote

"The Official Ubuntu Book is a great way to get you started with Ubuntu, giving you enough information to be productive without overloading you." -John Stevenson, DZone book reviewer

"OUB is one of the best books I've seen for beginners."

-Bill Blinn, TechByter Worldwide

"This book is the perfect companion for users new to Linux and Ubuntu. It covers the basics in a concise and well-organized manner. General use is covered separately from troubleshooting and error-handling, making the book well-suited both for the beginner as well as the user that needs extended help."

-Thomas Petrucha, Austria Ubuntu User Group

"I have recommended this book to several users who I instruct regularly on the use of Ubuntu. All of them have been satisfied with their purchase and have even been able to use it to help them in their journey along the way."

-Chris Crisafulli, Ubuntu LoCo Council, Florida Local Community Team

"This text demystifies a very powerful Linux operating system. . . . In just a few weeks of having it, I've used it as a quick reference a half-dozen times, which saved me the time I would have spent scouring the Ubuntu forums online."

-Darren Frey, Member, Houston Local User Group

"This is a book that the new Ubuntu user would find helpful in getting started and the more experienced computer user would find informative enough to keep as a reference manual. I also enjoyed the computing humor."

-Dr. Gregory Chapelle, General Atomics, Electromagnetics Division, San Diego, California

"In short, this book is something that I can honestly recommend to anyone using Ubuntu. It works great as a reference and equally well as a how-to guide. I respect the work that's been done, and I can't overstate how knowledgeable the authors are, as well as the reviewers."

-Paul Tagliamonte, Ubuntu Member, and Debian Developer
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About Benjamin Mako Hill

Matthew Helmke has been an Ubuntu user since April 2005 and an Ubuntu Member since August 2006. He served from 2006 to 2011 on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums, and spent two years on the Ubuntu regional membership approval board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has written articles about Ubuntu for magazines and Web sites, is the lead author of Ubuntu Unleashed, and has written several books and articles on other topics.

Elizabeth K. Joseph is a professional Linux Systems Administrator currently working at Hewlett-Packard, with a focus on managing the infrastructure for the OpenStack project. She has been working with Linux and around Linux communities since 2002. Elizabeth began contributing to Ubuntu in 2006 and currently contributes to various teams, including Documentation, News, Quality Assurance, and Classroom. Over the years she has served on the Ubuntu Membership Board and is now serving her third term as a member of the Ubuntu Community Council. At home in San Francisco, she serves as one of the leaders of the Ubuntu California team and is on the board of a nonprofit that provides Ubuntu-based computers to schools in need.

Jose Antonio Rey is a community contributor who has been actively participating since 2011. He is a student residing in Peru, whose contributions include helping with the News and Classroom teams, managing Ubuntu On Air!, and being the contact of the Ubuntu Peru team and a member of the LoCo Council. Even though he is not a developer, he has helped with Juju charms and is the author for the Postfix and Mailman charms.

Philip Ballew is an active open source advocate in the greater open source community. He is heavily involved in the Ubuntu project, and spends most of his time contributing to this project. When Philip is not contributing to Open Source, he can be found riding his bike, dancing badly, or attempting to pass his college classes. Philip is eager to get involved in any project that he sees making a difference in the world for the good, and enjoys Ubuntu for this reason. He currently calls sunny San Diego, California, home, and hopes all readers of the book come by and say hello to him there.

Benjamin Mako Hill is a long-time free-software developer and advocate. He was part of the founding Ubuntu team whose charge at Canonical was to help grow the Ubuntu development and user community during the project's first year. Mako is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. from MIT.
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