Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition
A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook
By Rickford Grant, Rickford Grant
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: June 2007
Pages: 345

This newbie's guide to Ubuntu - now updated for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), the latest Ubuntu release, which puts the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects - lets readers learn by doing. Using immersion-learning techniques favored by language courses, step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, stimulating the brain and increasing the reader's understanding.

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition covers all the topics likely to be of interest to an average desktop user. Inside, you'll learn to:

  • Download and install free applications, games, and utilities
  • Connect to the Internet and wireless networks
  • Configure your hardware, including printers, scanners, and removable storage devices
  • Watch DVDs, listen to music, and even sync your iPod
  • Download photos and videos from your digital camera, then edit and share them
  • Tackle more advanced tasks as soon as you're ready

    Full of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition is a hands-on, project-based, take-it slow guidebook intended for those interested in-but nervous about-switching to the Linux operating system. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you've learned.

    Included is a companion CD that lets you try out Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) without making any changes to your computer and then install it when you're ready.

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    Great for new users

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    Comments about oreilly Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition:

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read to introduce Ubuntu to new users. The author (Rickford Grant) balances the use of humor and real life examples to keep the readers interest.

    The book is uses practical projects to teach the fundamentals of working with Ubuntu. You will not be overwhelmed with the command line. That is not to say that the command line is not introduced though. You will learn some basic commands but the majority of the time will be spent with the graphical tools.

    The only thing about the book that I did not agree with was the use of Automatix. This is not a subject that I would have suggested for new users. It would have been better to have taught the reader how to do all of these things with the built in Ubuntu tools.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone that is wondering what all this Ubuntu (Linux) stuff is all about.

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