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Ubuntu made Easy

Publisher: No Starch Press,US Published: 02 August 2012 ISBN 13: 9781593274252 ISBN 10: 1593274254

ubuntu made easy Martin decided to buy this guide for the 'non geek' computer user (me), and with anyone unfamiliar or new to Linux in mind. Rickford Grant started writing a Linux how to manual for his mother and it is this project, now aided by Phil Bull that has become Ubuntu Made Easy.

I cannot say that I have religiously worked my way page by page through the whole of this book, but every section that I have read and followed through on the computer has been easy to read, clear and simple to follow. The book gives enough background to the Linux ethos to aid understanding without becoming bogged down in technical details. Each chapter covers a different aspect of Ubuntu from getting started, file system, moving copying etc to the more advanced subjects, using the terminal, partitioning your hard disk and troubleshooting. Even though I have used Linux for some years now Ubuntu 12.04 has new features and I found the information on lenses, filters and shortcuts very useful, these were areas I hadn't explored. The Terminal I have usually left to Martin but using this book I have started to understand its use and usefulness, experimenting with some of the basic commands, and as I gain in confidence trying out some of the projects. The book also covers running Windows in Ubuntu. Whilst Ubuntu serves nearly all my needs I do use Wine to run Google Sketchup and Adobe DRM software and the book covers how to set up Wine as well as using Ubuntu on a Windows computer, dual booting, sharing files etc. Information and instructions for all the basic applications are included, business, music, video and games as well as connection to other devices and installing applications from the web. I have only mentioned some of the topics covered in this book, there are many others, making this a very thorough manual to have by your side. So good infact that I now consider the book to be 'mine'.


Sample page showing project. The full chapter is available via the link below.

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Link to publishers site and sample chapter