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
Chapter 1 About Ubuntu
The Parts That Make Up Ubuntu
Chapter 2 Installing and Upgrading Ubuntu
The Live DVD
Starting the Live DVD
Burning a CD or DVD
Upgrading to New Releases
Chapter 3 Configuring
Chapter 4 The Desktop: Accessing Applications and Features
The Desktop Itself
Adding New Users
What’s New in 10.04
Chapter 5 The Filesystem, File Attributes, and Permissions
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.
The animal on the cover of Ubuntu: Up and Running is an addax (Addaxnasomaculatus). It is more commonly known as the screwhorn antelope because of the crooked horns that adorn both sexes of this endangered species. Females' horns can grow to be more than 2.5 feet high, while males' horns can reach as high as 4 feet.The addax's coat changes colors with the seasons; in the winter, it is a grayish-brown and its hind legs are white, and in the summer, its coat is completely white or sandy-blond. Its beard and red nostrils are also characteristic of its appearance. Its hooves are flat with strong dewclaws-vestigial digits on the feet of many mammals, birds, and reptiles-that help them walk on, rather than sink into, the sand.The addax lives in isolated sections of the Sahara desert and is nocturnal, as temperatures are coolest at night. During the day, it rests in a bed it has dug with its forefeet, ideally hidden in the shade provided by boulders or bushes. It feeds on Aristida and Parnicum grasses, eating only specific parts of each. Aristida grass thrives with only the slightest bit of humidity and rain, so it is a dependable resource for the addax, and the seeds of the Parnicum grass are high in protein. Able to survive in the drastic desert conditions, addax can live without water almost indefinitely. In fact, they rarely, if ever, drink water; they get sufficient moisture from their food.Addax herds can contain as many as 20 animals, both male and female. Its hierarchy appears to be based on age, as herds are characteristically led by the eldest male.There are fewer than 500 addax in the wild. Much of their habitat was destroyed for commercial purposes and the animal itself is hunted for leather. The addax is much slower than other antelope species and is thus an easy target for hunters with motorized vehicles.
Comments about O'Reilly Media Ubuntu: Up and Running:
Very good book for linux newbies or, like in my case, for people who have an incomplete knowledge of the operating system. I have been using linux on an off and on basis for years. There are certain areas, everyday use, LAMP, bluefish, eclipse, some shell commands, ... that I know very well, and certain aspects of which I know very little. I feel like I now have a much better understanding of Ubuntu in general. It is aimed at linux newbies and users who have incomplete or sketchy knowledge of Ubuntu, and it takes you to the next level.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend