Paperback: 912 pages
Publisher: Sams Publishing; 10 edition (December 1, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.3 x 9.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #664,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #484 in Books > Computers & Technology > Operating Systems > Linux #706 in Books > Textbooks > Computer Science > Operating Systems
This is the best Ubuntu resource on the market. I run several production Ubuntu servers at work and I use this book for spot of the moment reference and to more deeply explore aspects of Ubuntu - commands; design; kernel info and first place for how to's. So, this book has been a good thing for an Admin like me. The Author has in depth experience with various Ubuntu builds and he does a great job with in depth explanations without getting unnecessarily wordy. Chapters are laid out in a progressive, intuitive manner which makes a front to back read possible. This book shows you what a powerful, customizable utility Ubuntu is.
This book served as both an introduction to the Ubuntu Linux graphical user interface/operating system and as a refresher on UNIX--now Linux--which I hadn't used since the late 1990s. The author covers a lot of the utilities that come with Ubuntu or can be had for either free or very low cost, typically available through the store link that can be accessed via the Launcher bar. As another reviewer commented, little of the book (about 150 pages) deals with the graphical user interface (i.e. using the Ubuntu windows environment) while the remainder (about another 650 pages) covers a lot of command-line information, some of which is largely administrator-type stuff. Granted, the author makes the argument early on--and I don't disagree--that there is much power to be found in the command-line environment. That being said, however, he could/should have spent more time acquainting people familiar with Microsoft Windows how to create icons on the desktop (go to /usr/share/applictions, right-click, copy then go to desktop and right-click, paste), which I had to search for on the Internet (and found conflicting answers).When I was recently hunting around for a cut-rate laptop, I noticed that Dell was offering a 15-inch Inspiron with Ubuntu Linux as the operating system/windows environment. With a corporate discount, I got the laptop for slightly over 200 smackers and then I got this book. At one point, I used the "sudo apt-get update" command to upgrade my Ubuntu version from 14.X to 15.X (the software asked and I figured it was safe) and the update crippled my computer such that it was inoperable (for me). I stuck in the Ubuntu disc from the back of this book and it fixed everything right up. Thanks, Matthew!
As I am a system/network administrator. This book to me is just like beginner Bible to Ubuntu world. It makes lot senses on build your knowledge knowing basic command lines. Recommend for newbie for those people and NO frustration & easy understand with those characters.
If you're wanting to learn serious Ubuntu/Linux OS & networking issues - i.e.: if you're a serious hobbiest or wannabe pro, then this book is for you. As a first-time Linux user, this book has given me the confidence to setup a sub-network with additional security firewall, a Virtual Machine, a LAMP server, mail server, proxy server and so much more. Full disclosure - I am a professional software developer who, due to security issues, had to quickly switch to Linux and learn network security.But if all you want to do is switch from Windows to Linux, this book is too much. My wife took the dvd I burned from the free download, and installed Ubuntu two months ago. She has yet to need a terminal window, and has happily continued using Office applications LibreOffice, and photo management and editing apps - ALL FREE. The only info she's needed has come quickly and easily via Google. The only time she's needed help is when she thought her login wasn't working (caps-lock!).
I have yet to read the whole book, for the few pages I have read, I can tell you this book will definitely teach you a lot about ubuntu. This book is written for beginners and advanced users. Not to forget to mention that this price was about 15 dollars cheaper than at Barnes and noble. If you are interested in learning more about ubuntu or you need a book to reference too this is the book you need.
Enjoyable...Easy reading & great for basics... For understanding the mechanics of LINUX... !! "A little bit Windows & Apple" all rolled into onecomplete manageable desktop interphase w/ very little security problems...!! Want to get AWAY from "P.I.T.A." MALWARE, VIRUS..andthe like that you have to deal w/ on (Microsoft) Windows ( & occasionally w/ Mac)...?? Try any form of latest version of "Red Hat", "Ubuntu","Fedora", "OpenSUSE", "Slackware", "Debian"...just to mention a few....(w/ many, many more available...and FREE mostly...)-Good Luck & Happy Reading...-HartOtex... ;)
I am new to the OS and mostly interested in LAMP on Ubuntu. The book seems a good reference when combined with a lot of internet searches. I was able to get LAMP up and running from the graphical install without much trouble. Now to administer it...I installed from the enclosed CD-ROM. Oh, and somehow, mysteriously there was even an icon on the launcher. I'm sure that had nothing to do buying it here though...
I found this book very useful. This covers most of the required topics for someone to master Ubuntu and use that in desktop or server mode. The commands explained in this book as very good with practical examples for most of them. It also covers shell scripting and other language like Perl basics. Definitely a very good book for experienced professionals to start learning about Linux and Ubuntu.