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Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition: A Big Thumbs Up

Mar 14, 2009, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Writing good howtos is hard. Computers are completely literal and don't fill in the blanks for you. If a howto leaves out a step, or includes too many steps, it's going to leave the reader frustrated and confused. So I have a special appreciation for excellent books like "Ubuntu For Non-Geeks". It does not waste the readers' time with endless windy discussions of theory and concepts, and then leave the reader wondering how to do anything. It gets right to the point and takes a project-oriented approach, showing how to accomplish specific tasks, and uses lots of screenshots so the reader knows exactly what to do, and if they're doing it the right way.

"The author, Rickford Grant, takes a conversational tone with bits of humor and funny wordplay. And the humor is just right, a bit of seasoning that does not get in the way of getting to the point. For example, here are some of the chapter titles:"

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