Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux (Versions 8.10 and 8.04), A (2nd Edition)
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Praise for the First Edition of A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux?


※I am so impressed by how Mark Sobell can approach a complex topic in such an understandable manner. His command examples are especially useful in providing a novice (or even an advanced) administrator with a cookbook on how to accomplish real-world tasks on Linux. He is truly an inspired technical writer!§

每George Vish II, Senior Education Consultant, Hewlett-Packard Company


※Overall, I think it*s a great, comprehensive Ubuntu book that*ll be a valuable resource for people of all technical levels.§

每John Dong, Ubuntu Forum Council Member, Backports Team Leader


※The JumpStart sections really offer a quick way to get things up and running, allowing you to dig into the details of the book later.§

每Scott Mann, Aztek Networks


※Ubuntu is gaining popularity at the rate alcohol did during Prohibition, and it*s great to see a well-known author write a book on the latest and greatest version. Not only does it contain Ubuntu-specific information, but it also touches on general computer-related topics, which will help the average computer user to better understand what*s going on in the background. Great work, Mark!§

每Daniel R. Arfsten, Pro/ENGINEER Drafter/Designer


※I read a lot of Linux technical information every day, but I*m rarely impressed by tech books. I usually prefer online information sources instead. Mark Sobell*s books are a notable exception. They*re clearly written, technically accurate, comprehensive, and actually enjoyable to read.§

每Matthew Miller, Senior Systems Analyst/Administrator, BU Linux Project, Boston University Office of Information Technology


※I would so love to be able to use this book to teach a class about not just Ubuntu or Linux but about computers in general. It is thorough and well written with good illustrations that explain important concepts

for computer usage.§

每Nathan Eckenrode, New York Local Community Team


※Overall, A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux? by Mark G. Sobell provides all of the information a beginner to intermediate user of Linux would need to be productive. The inclusion of the Live DVD of the Gutsy Gibbon release of Ubuntu makes it easy for the user to test-drive Linux without affecting his installed OS. I have no doubts that you will consider this book money well spent.§

每Ray Lodato, Slashdot contributor,


※This is well written, clear, comprehensive information for the Linux user of any type, whether trying Ubuntu on for the first time and wanting to know a little about it, or using the book as a very good reference when doing something more complicated like setting up a server. This book*s value goes well beyond its purchase price and it*ll make a great addition to the Linux section of your bookshelf.§

每Linc Fessenden, Host of The LinuxLink TechShow,


※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!§

每Mark Polczynski, Information Technology Consultant


※When I first started working with Linux just a short 10 years or so ago, it was a little more difficult than now to get going. . . . Now, someone new to the community has a vast array of resources available on the web, or if they are inclined to begin with Ubuntu, they can literally find almost every single thing they will need in the single volume of Mark Sobell*s A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux?.


?※I*m sure this sounds a bit like hyperbole. Everything a person would need to know? Obviously not everything, but this book, weighing in at just under 1200 pages, covers so much so thoroughly that there won*tbe much left out. From install to admin, networking, security, shell scripting, package management, and a host of other topics, it is all there. GUI and command line tools are covered. There is not really any wasted space or fluff, just a huge amount of information. There are screen shots when appropriate but they do not take up an inordinate amount of space. This book is information-dense.§

每JR Peck, Editor,


Praise for Other Books by Mark G. Sobell


※I currently own one of your books, A Practical Guide to Linux?. I believe this book is one of the most comprehensive and, as the title says, practical guides to Linux I have ever read. I consider myself a novice and I come back to this book over and over again.§

每Albert J. Nguyen


※Thank you for writing a book to help me get away from Windows XP and to never touch Windows Vista. The book is great; I am learning a lot of new concepts and commands. Linux is definitely getting easier

to use.§

每James Moritz


※I have been wanting to make the jump to Linux but did not have the guts to do so每until I saw your familiarly titled A Practical Guide to Red Hat? Linux? at the bookstore. I picked up a copy and am eagerly looking forward to regaining my freedom.§

每Carmine Stoffo, Machine and Process Designer to pharmaceutical industry


※I am currently reading A Practical Guide to Red Hat? Linux? and am finally understanding the true power of the command line. I am new to Linux and your book is a treasure.§

每Juan Gonzalez


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每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每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

Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • 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 complete guide to Ubuntu Linux for beginning to intermediate users
    Finding a single book that encompasses what you want to learn can be difficult. Most cover a few portions of a subject in depth and skim over (or omit) others. Other books will cover each topic at about the same level: high enough to give an impression of what can be done, but not with enough depth to do it without a lot of effort. Mark G. Sobell's "A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux" is a single volume that gives the reader enough information to effectively install, configure and run workstations and servers using Ubuntu Linux. He has come the closest I have seen to containing all of the necessary information without being too shallow. A DVD with the Gutsy Gibbon release of Ubuntu in a directly bootable form is included with the book.

    With over two decades of experience related to Unix and Linux, Mark G. Sobell has authored almost two dozen books on the subject. I had previously read and reviewed his book "A Practical Guide to Red Hat Linux: Fedora Core and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (Second Edition)" and found it the highest quality book I had yet read on Linux. This, his latest book, bears many similarities to the other text, including its high quality. The overall structure is like that of a textbook, providing a summary and exercises at the end of each chapter, as well as copious cross-references.

    "A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux" is broken up into five parts containing 27 chapters in all. Each of the chapters provides Jumpstart sections to help you install and configure each server quickly, and enough detail to handle the more common configuration changes. Part I uses two chapters to provide an overview of, and step-by-step instructions for, installing Linux. The step-by-step chapter goes into great detail on each step of the process, using both the graphical and textual installation paths. Part II provides higher-level information that shows newer Linux users what they can do. Part III uses another four chapters to dive deeper into the Bourne Again Shell (BASH), the GUIs, and networking. Starting with Part IV, Mark describes how to perform the more common configuration tasks. Using seven chapters and over 200 pages, Part IV provides a great deal of detail regarding system administration. The final section, Part V, uses nine chapters to go into depth on set up various servers and use their clients. OpenSSH, FTP, exim4 (for mail), NIS, NFS, Samba, DNS/BIND, the firewall (firestarter and iptables), and finally Apache.

    Overall, "A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux" by Mark G. Sobell provides all of the information a beginner to intermediate user of Linux would need to be productive. The inclusion of the Live DVD of the Gutsy Gibbon release of Ubuntu makes it easy for the user to test-drive Linux without affecting his installed OS. I have no doubts that you will consider this book money well spent.
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  • Excellent as tutorial & reference!
    This book is exactly what I was looking for, and needed. It covers every aspect of installation, setup, customization, and use of Ubuntu Linux. It covers each topic in plain English, throughly, and builds your understanding from the basics through advanced topics. You can easily use this book to get up and running fast, and then learn at your own pace the more complex topics.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone with Ubuntu! It is well written, covers everything in detail, and can be used by a novice or expert.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • comprehensive and well organized
    I'm new to linux so having this as an introduction has been a life saver in many respects.

    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.


    It's kinda big lol...more info
  • Great book for the new user
    I'm new to linux in general and heard about Ubuntu through friends. Though I consider myself to be a fairly competent computer user (built computers for 4 years during college and manage hardware/software for a small business), Linux was pretty intimidating to me. This book breaks more complex stuff like RAID array setup, managing software updates, even using the console interface into easy to understand language. This is a rare book, in that it's written by knowledgeable people with the average Joe in mind. You can use it as a step-by-step guide or as a reference book. It's pretty modular, so you can skip what you don't need or want to read without missing anything important for other tasks. If you're thinking about breaking ties with Windows but find Linux intimidating, this is book a great place to start....more info
  • This is one of the more complete books I've found on Ubuntu.
    The book included everything I was looking for and made mastering Ubuntu easy. This is one that I'll keep as a reference. ...more info
  • Good Introdoction and Future Reference
    This was the book I was searching for. It goes under the hood of the OS and not just limited to Ubuntu. ...more info