by Rickford Grant
June 2008, 360 pp. w/CD
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Ubuntu 8.04 has been hailed as the Linux distribution for newbies, and it's certainly the Linux for the less geeky among us. Even the name is user friendly—it's a South African term that translates roughly as "humanity toward others" and could also describe author Rickford Grant's approach to teaching Linux.
Full of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition is a hands-on, project-based guide to Ubuntu 8.04 for those interested in—but nervous about—switching to the Linux operating system. This edition has been updated for Hardy Heron, the latest Ubuntu release (8.04), with its improved multimedia support and desktop effects. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you've learned.
Ubuntu for Non-Geeks covers those day-to-day tasks that most non-geeks will want to perform, like how to:
Whether you're new to computers, looking for a pain-free way to make the Linux switch, or just want a low-cost alternative to Windows, Ubuntu 8.04 is easier than ever. Try it and you'll see.
About the Author
Rickford Grant, author of Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy (both No Starch Press), has been a computer operating system maniac for more than 20 years. From the Atari 600XL to today's Linux machines, he has been the guy behind the help desk for family, friends and colleagues. Rickford currently resides and teaches in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Becoming a Penguinista
In Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition, "non-geeks will find that even doing geek-like things on Ubuntu Linux is not as hard as they once imagined. In fact, with books like this in the hands of non-geeks, the lines of distinction between geeks and non-geeks might just begin to blur!"
"Ubuntu for Non-Geeks takes you from installing the new operating system to acquiring applications, all the way to working with your iPod. This guide is everything you need to get started with Linux."
Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition "is certainly comprehensive. It covers almost everything that a new user might be interested in."
"This is a book Grant went over with care to make sure that it would appeal to the new and "repeat" reader alike...I highly recommend picking up this text if you've never used Ubuntu before and have a burning need to learn how Ubuntu 8.04 will benefit you on the desktop (and it really will)."
"The book's layout and presentation allow you to easily find the material you're looking for. The language is clear and the topics pointed, making it a non-technical book that you can follow even if you've never touched a Linux or Unix environment."
"For me, a geek, I was a little weary of the title. But it’s really a great read for anyone interested in Linux, but has always been in a Windows platform."
"For anyone just starting to explore the Linux operating system—or needing a place to start that exploration, this book is, in fact, a good place to start."
"Those who work through the projects should come out as competent Linux users well equipped to expand their respective knowledge of Linux."
"The exercises cover topics that are simple at first, but before you know it, you will be delving into tasks that you would have guessed would have been way outside of your comfort zone. In a nutshell, that is the overall strength of this excellent book."
"I'd have no hesitation recommending Ubuntu for Non-Geeks to a new user as it shows new users how to do things step by step, it doesn't just explain it in text and leave the user to make assumptions. Definitely the best book I've read, so far, aimed at the new user."
"If you're a Linux novice, or an experienced user who wants a good book to recommend, I give this book a big thumbs up."
"Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, Third Edition is one of the all-time best beginniner Linux books, and you'll get up and running with a minimum of frustration."