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Review: The Official Ubuntu Book

Aug 31, 2010, 15:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Benjamin D. Thomas)

"If you haven't used Linux before, are new to Ubuntu, or would like a quick update on the latest in open source advancements for the desktop, then The Official Ubuntu Book is a great place to start. Authored by a group of some of the most experienced open source administrators and developers, this 400-page user guide details everything you need to know about how to make the most of your Ubuntu, Kubuntu (Ubuntu with KDE), and Xubuntu (Ubuntu with Xfce) computer.

"Available for standard PCs, more advanced and current 64-bit computers, as well as for the ARM platform, typically found in cell phones and smaller devices, and this book details all of them. The first chapter discusses the basic philosophy, design goals, and background on open source and Linux, and the role that it plays with Ubuntu. More experienced users would probably skim or skip entirely these first few pages.

"The second chapter takes the reader through downloading and installation from DVD or USB key. Installation is a breeze, and this book takes the administrator through every step – disk partitioning, dual booting with other operating systems, and setting up basic networking."

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