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Beginning Ubuntu Linux

Natty Narwhal Edition

6th Edition

By Emilio Raggi , Keir Thomas , Sander van Vugt

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Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Sixth Edition teaches all of us—including those who have never used Linux—how to use Ubuntu productively, whether you come from Windows or Mac or the world of open source.

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  • ISBN13: 978-1-4302-3626-9
  • 656 Pages
  • User Level: Beginner to Intermediate
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2011
  • Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF

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This sixth edition of Beginning Ubuntu Linux introduces all of us—newbies, power users and system administrators—to the Natty Narwhal Ubuntu release.

Based on the bestselling fifth edition, this edition introduces the new Unity interface while not neglecting the finely-tuned administration techniques for new users present in previous editions. Whether you aim to use it in the home or in the office, you’ll be introduced to the complete world of Ubuntu Linux, from simple word processing to using cloud services.

You’ll learn how to control the Ubuntu system which you just installed as you are guided through common tasks, such as configuring the system's graphical user interface, listening to audio CDs and MP3s, producing documents, using VoIP and chat, and of course, general system maintenance. Emilio also introduces the improved software center and Ubuntu's multitouch capabilities. This book supplies a series of comprehensive tutorials on Ubuntu administration and security—essential for any Ubuntu user—while not neglecting matters pertaining to office applications and the Cloud.

What you’ll learn

  • Use Ubuntu as a daily desktop on your laptop or PC
  • Complete office tasks, such as creating Microsoft Office-compatible documents and spreadsheets, using e-mail, and managing contacts
  • Listen to MP3s, manage pictures and CDs, and watch movies using a user-friendly Linux desktop
  • Configure Ubuntu's printer- and file-sharing features to share resources seamlessly with other computers on your network
  • Configure and use Ubuntu's multitouch capabilities
  • Administer and secure your Ubuntu machine

Who this book is for

Everyone interested in or already using Ubuntu—no exceptions.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. Meet Ubuntu Linux
  2. GNU "slash" Linux
  3. Pre-installation Steps
  4. Installing Ubuntu
  5. Solving Installation Problems
  6. Booting Ubuntu for the First Time
  7. Getting Everything Up and Running
  8. How to Secure Your Computer
  9. Personalizing Ubuntu: Getting Everything Just Right
  10. Managing Your Data
  11. A World of Applications
  12. Working with Text Files
  13. Making the Move to OpenOffice.org
  14. Communicating with Others
  15. Social Networks and Cloud Computing
  16. Digital Audio Movies and Multimedia Digital Photos
  17. Playing Games
  18. Installing and Removing Software
  19. Understanding Linux Users and File Permissions
  20. Optimizing Your System
  21. Backing Up Data
  22. Scheduling Tasks
  23. Accessing Computers
  24. Remotely Taking Control of the System
  25. Appendix 1: Introducing the BASH Shell
  26. Appendix 2: Glossary of Linux Terms
  27. Appendix 3: Getting Further Help
  28. Appendix 4: Exploring the Digital Download and Other Ubuntu Versions

If you think that you've found an error in this book, please let us know by emailing to editorial@apress.com . You will find any confirmed erratum below, so you can check if your concern has already been addressed.

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Author Comment:

We apologize for this, but the language referring to a DVD was included erroneously.

Previous editions of Beginning Ubuntu Linux did come with a DVD that had Ubuntu install media on it, but we dropped it in the current ("Natty Narwhal") edition. In the past, we included the DVD because download speeds could make getting the install files troublesome, but that isn't as much of a problem anymore. Also, Ubuntu updates their version more often than we publish, so the DVD would get stale after a few months. For those reasons, we no longer include a DVD with this title. The inclusion of text referring to a DVD in the Natty Narwhal edition was an error on our part; we apologize for causing confusion.

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