You want to learn about Ubuntu?
It's all here - from Hardy Heron to Feisty Fawn
Ubuntu is the free Linux-based operating system designed with frequent updating in mind.
Released in October 2004, it has evolved into one of the best-known branches of the Debian tree and offers a strong focus on usability and easy installation, whether it be on a laptop, desktop or server machine.
With a development plan stretching forward for several years, Ubuntu is an ideal O/S addition to any desktop machine. With all versions including the latest Ubuntu release 7.04, aka "Feisty Fawn", covered in these texts and our special promotional price of 40 per cent off*, these books will help you to take advantage of Ubuntu.
The Official Ubuntu Book 2nd Edition
Written by leading Ubuntu community members, this book includes all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu, whether you're a home user, small business user, server administrator or programmer. Covering installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support and much more, this book will take you from start to finish.
Ubuntu for Non-Geeks 2nd Edition
This newbie's guide to Ubuntu puts the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects and lets readers learn by doing. Using immersion-learning techniques favoured by language courses, step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, stimulating the brain and increasing the reader's understanding.
Ubuntu Linux Bible
From the basics for newcomers to enterprise management for system administrators, this book is what you need to succeed with Ubuntu. From editing graphics to setting up an NFS server you'll learn it all and more with the expert guidance, tips and techniques.
Ubuntu Hacks is a collection of 100 tips and tools to help new and experienced Linux users install, configure, and customise Ubuntu. With this set of hacks you can get Ubuntu Linux working exactly the way you need it to.
Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customisations
This down-and-dirty book shows you how to blow away the default system settings and customise Ubuntu however you want. You'll learn how to optimise its appearance, speed, usability, and security and get the low-down on hundreds of hacks such as running Ubuntu from a USB drive, installing it on a Mac, enabling multiple CPUs, and putting scripts in menus and panels.
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I've installed Ubuntu three times...
Each time the graphic resolution was wrong and I had to find the right config file and add the correct resolution by hand.
Each time I had a terrible time getting the networking correct. Ifconfig does not work and you have to use the GUI.
The last time, on my son's PC, USB would not and still does not work.
I will not be installing it again.
Linux is a hobby, Ubuntu doubly so.
OK, I'll admit it, I don't use umbongo. I use openSuSE 10.2, and I like it fine. However, I do know of more than one user of Ubuntu and they are quite happy with it. And I'm not speaking of raging geeks here.
I'll admit it, I prefer SuSE because I have a history of using it, but then isn't much of the negative rumour concerning all Linux distros basically due to people with bad experiences of versions from years past? Isn't it all rep, hyped by Windows users and the great unwashed? Give a dog a bad name, maybe?
However, I agree to an extent with Matt Bryant in that Linux in general needs a better sales front. Goodness knows, being a RISC OS user too, I am familiar with the fate of ventures that don't go for the marketing jugular.
Challenging Mom and Pop to complete clean installs of Ubuntu or any Linux/BSD/whatever to Windoze is not the point - the PC usually comes with Windoze pre-installed thanks to the Micro$haft market advantage. Just like modern car users mostly don't know and really don't care what's going on under the bonnet, they just want to drive, most home PC users just want to surf, email, edit camera pics, email, etc, and they are not only unaware of what's "under the hood", they are mostly scared to look! Do you think VW would sell many Golfs if they gave you the engine separately and you had to put it in yourself?
A few years ago a friend in the States bought five Lindows boxes (the $150 from Walmart jobs), configured them up to look like Windoze 2000, and had members of staff use them for over a year before they realised they weren't Windoze PCs!!! Ubuntu needs to be on cheap PCs at Walmart, PC World, Comp USA, then it stands a chance. Until then it is a hobby OS.