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Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux (Versions 8.10 and 8.04), A, 2/e
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The Most Complete, Easy-to-Follow Guide to Ubuntu Linux

Mark Sobell’s A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux?, Second Edition, isn’t just the most thorough and up-to-date reference to installing, configuring, and working with Ubuntu. It also provides comprehensive server coverage you won’t find in any other Ubuntu book.

The fully updated JumpStart sections help you get complex servers running quickly. Whatever your questions may be, the completely revamped index gives you even faster access to the answers you’re searching for. And a brand new chapter on Perl programming teaches you the basics of this powerful system administration language.

Sobell walks you through every feature and technique you’ll need, from installing Ubuntu to working with GNOME, Samba, exim4, Apache, DNS, NIS, LDAP, ufw, firestarter, and iptables. His exceptionally clear explanations demystify everything from system security to Windows file/printer sharing. You’ll find full chapters on running Ubuntu from the command line and GUI, administering systems and security, setting up networks and Internet servers, and much more.

Along the way, you’ll learn both the “hows” and the “whys” of Ubuntu. Sobell knows every Linux nook and cranny: He’s taught hundreds of thousands of readers–and never forgets what it’s like to be new to
Linux. Whether you’re a user, administrator, or programmer, this book gives you all you need–and more.

The world’s most practical Ubuntu Linux book is now even more useful!

This book delivers

  • Hundreds of easy-to-follow, easy-to-use examples
  • Updated JumpStarts for setting up Samba, Apache, Mail, FTP, NIS, OpenSSH, DNS, and other complex servers
  • Deeper coverage of the command line, GNOME GUI, and desktop customization
  • Coverage of crucial Ubuntu topics such as sudo and the Upstart init daemon
  • More detailed, usable coverage of Internet server configuration, including Apache, exim4, and DNS/BIND
  • More state-of-the-art security techniques, including firewall setup using ufw, firestarter, and iptables,
    plus a full chapter on OpenSSH
  • Deeper coverage of essential system and network administration tasks–from managing users to
    CUPS printing, configuring LANs to building a kernel
  • Complete instructions on keeping Ubuntu systems up-to-date using aptitude, Synaptic, and the Software Sources window
  • And much more...including a 500+ term glossary and five detailed appendixes

Includes DVD! Get the full version of the Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) release!

Customer Reviews:

  • comprehensive and well organized
    I'm new to linux so having this as an introduction has been a life saver in many respects.

    Pros:
    Great table of contents. For instance when I wanted to look up a command in the chapter pertaining to the terminal I found many of the basics utilities listed right there in the table of contents with a BRIEF blurb on what they individually did. The material is also easy to follow in most cases and I have no complaints so far.

    Cons:

    It's kinda big lol...more info
  • Large Guide to Ubuntu Linux
    Despite it's length, this book avoids (for the most part) degenerating into a concatenation of man pages. The text is concise and accurate, as far as I can tell, and examples are short and to the point.

    I was a bit surprised that even though such a large book wouldn't seem attractive for beginners, some of the basics (e.g. file systems) are discussed in great detail, but without much technical depth.

    The book also spends a lot of space re-documenting various tools, instead of focusing more on giving a good overview of what tools are available for what purpose, and how to choose the most appropriate one.

    For example, I don't need a comprehensive discussion of Apache configuration directives (can go to the Apache documentation for that or read another, more specialized, book). But I do want to know Ubuntu-specific configuration file locations (discussed), and why I would be using Apache rather than e.g. lighthttpd (not discussed).

    In summary, the main audience for this book must be people who are not too familiar with Linux yet, but have just accepted an admin position on a remote island without Internet (or just have an aversion to reading documentation online)....more info
  • Not so "Practical" after all, for the everyday user
    I am hardly a newbie to Linux, having spent 20 years as a system and network administrator, taken three years of courses on Unix and Linux administration, and run Linux desktop systems and servers at work for a number of years. But now my perspective on Linux has changed: I have purchased for my personal use a netbook running Ubuntu Linux. Because I had used Sobell's books on Unix, Linux, and Macintosh OS X for years at work, I ordered his Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux as my reference to that OS. From the perspective of one who "just wants it to work," as the users at my jobs always have, I am quite disappointed not in Ubuntu but in Sobell's Ubuntu book. I want to use Ubuntu on my netbook exactly as I use my two Macintosh laptops: at home, for personal use, on a combined wired and wireless network at home, wirelessly in public places, for e-mail, Web-surfing, online ordering, and so on. For these purposes, I have no interest in using the command line, although I am totally familiar and comfortable with it from a professional perspective. Sobell seemingly is obsessed with the command line and pays little attention to the GUIs Ubuntu offers (GNOME, KDE, and, in the case of my netbook, Remix). His "Tour of the Ubuntu Desktop" is cursory at best, and his screenshots don't show what I see on my system even when I switch from Remix to the Classic (GNOME) desktop, and yes, I have a correct version of Ubuntu for this edition of his book--8.04. He mentions OpenOffice, with which I and presumably other users will spend a great deal of time, only in passing--twice in 1200 pages. I don't need a complete review of networking, with which I am thoroughly familiar from my work, but information on how to get my Ubuntu netbook working on a protected wireless network. And so on and so on with every subject I look up in his book.
    This is a fine book for an administrator but not so fine for an everyday user, which is what I want to be with my Ubuntu netbook. Indeed, it seems to me that Sobell has simply transferred huge chunks of his earlier books to this one with little heed for what his audience for this book might be. Practical this book is not, for the likes of me in my new incarnation as an everyday user of Ubuntu Linux. Fortunately, there are plenty of other books that take this perspective, and those are the ones I will end up consulting regularly, not Sobell's....more info
  • Solid Reference
    The huge table of contents and index make this a great reference tool. Sobell has written a book that can take anyone interested from novice to knowledgeable.

    Want to learn linux and know more than just surface level basics? Then I can't recommend this book enough....more info
  • Very Good TextBook
    The author has done a very good job at clarifying such a detail-oriented operating system. I have extensive Unix and Windows experience and this text does an excellent job at bridging the gaps between Linux, Windows, and Unix. I highly recommend this book to both 'newbs' and experienced users. Great Job !...more info
  • Sick of Kindle
    While I was searching for a real book by this title, I got sucked into "The Kindle Store." Once there, the search lists pretended that the real book didn't exist. Please note that the reviews for this book are for the real book. Why? Imagine trying to get to page 956 on a device that forces you to turn every page, one at a time.

    This looks like the definitive book on Ubuntu Linux. I will probably buy it somewhere. But I'm not going to rent it to read on a $400 pseudo-computer. And my experience with Amazon's marketing sleaze terminated this buying trip....more info
  • A must have for Ubuntu users
    This tome of a book is worth every penny it cost; in some ways it actually undervalued. The author as a brilliant ability of taking an intimidating topic and breaking them down till each topic is clear and understandable. If you use Ubuntu, I'd say it is a must have for the bookshelf, and I doubt it will be collecting dust there....more info