The Official Ubuntu Book

Paperback | July 15, 2014

byMatthew Helmke, Elizabeth K. Joseph, Jose Antonio Rey

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The free Ubuntu operating system has won the hearts and minds of millions of users worldwide. It combines a strong technical platform, impressive quality, and an enthusiastic global community of users who relentlessly support, document, and test it.


The Official Ubuntu Book, Eighth Edition, has been extensively updated with a single goal: to make running today’s Ubuntu even more pleasant and productive for you. It’s the ideal one-stop knowledge source for Ubuntu novices, those upgrading from older versions or other Linux distributions, and anyone moving toward power-user status.


Its expert authors focus on what you need to know most about installation, applications, media, administration, software applications, and much more. You’ll discover powerful Unity desktop improvements that make Ubuntu even friendlier and more convenient. You’ll also connect with the amazing Ubuntu community and the incredible resources it offers you.


Learn how to

  • Reliably install, customize, and update Ubuntu for any home, business, school, or government environment
  • Get up and running quickly, and then explore Ubuntu and download powerful free software
  • Customize Ubuntu for performance, accessibility, and fun
  • Get comfortable with the highly efficient Ubuntu command line
  • Install, administer, and secure Ubuntu Server, including advanced features such as LVM and RAID
  • Get involved with related Ubuntu projects
  • Help build, promote, distribute, support, document, or translate Ubuntu
  • Get up-to-the-minute help and troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide


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The free Ubuntu operating system has won the hearts and minds of millions of users worldwide. It combines a strong technical platform, impressive quality, and an enthusiastic global community of users who relentlessly support, document, and test it.   The Official Ubuntu Book, Eighth Edition, has been extensively updated with a sing...

Matthew Helmke has been an Ubuntu user since April 2005 and an Ubuntu Member since August 2006. He served from 2006 to 2011 on the Ubuntu Forum Council, providing leadership and oversight of the Ubuntu Forums, and spent two years on the Ubuntu regional membership approval board for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He has written ar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.1 × 7 × 0.9 inPublished:July 15, 2014Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:013390539X

ISBN - 13:9780133905397


Extra Content

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Sixth Edition         xix

Foreword to the First Edition          xxi

Preface         xxvii

Acknowledgments         xxxi

About the Authors         xxxiii

Introduction         xxxv


Chapter 1: The Ubuntu Story          1

The Vision  2

Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux  3

How the Vision Became Ubuntu  7

What Is Ubuntu?  12

Ubuntu Promises and Goals 17

Sustaining the Vision: Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation 26

Beyond the Vision: Ubuntu Subprojects, Flavors, and Spin-Offs 31

Summary 33


Chapter 2: Installing Ubuntu          35

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version  36

Getting Ubuntu  38

Booting and Installing  42

Installing from the Minimal CD  54

Summary  61


Chapter 3: Getting Started with Ubuntu         63

Getting Acquainted with Unity  65

Using Applications  76

Using Ubuntu in Your Language  85

Configuring a Printer  86

Keeping Your Computer Updated  90

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages  92

Upgrading to the Next Ubuntu Release  95

Ubuntu and Multimedia  96

Backing Up  102

Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel  104

Unity in Other Devices  105

Summary  105


Chapter 4: Finding and Installing Ubuntu Applications         107

Using the Ubuntu Software Center  108

Using Synaptic  115

Useful Software Packages to Explore  118

Summary  145


Chapter 5: Customizing Ubuntu for Performance, Accessibility, and Fun         147

Unity Terminology  148

Appearance Tool  153

Unity Tweak Tool  155

Compiz Config Settings Manager  159

Unity Lenses and Scopes  165

Additional Resources  166

Summary  166


Chapter 6: Becoming an Ubuntu Power User          167

Administering System and User Settings  168

Understanding How Linux Stores and Organizes Files  172

Learning Unity Keyboard Shortcuts  175

Using the Terminal  179

Working with Windows Programs  180

Installing Software from PPAs  181

Compiling Software from Source  183

Summary  184


Chapter 7: Welcome to the Command Line          185

Starting Up the Terminal  186

Getting Started  187

Building Pipelines  188

Running Commands as Superuser  189

Finding Help  190

Moving around the Filesystem  191

Manipulating Files and Folders  192

System Information Commands  193

Searching and Editing Text Files  194

Dealing with Users and Groups  195

Getting Help on the Command Line  196

Searching for Man Files  197

Using Wildcards  197

Executing Multiple Commands  198

Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line  200

Summary  201


Chapter 8: The Ubuntu Server           203

What Is Ubuntu Server?  204

Installing Ubuntu Server  206

Ubuntu Package Management  218

Ubuntu Server Security  229

Advanced Topics  236

Summary  243


Chapter 9: Ubuntu-Related Projects and Derivatives          245

Recognized Flavors  246

Editions  256

Other Distributions  259

Launchpad  261

Bazaar  270

Ubuntu One  272

Summary  272


Chapter 10: The Ubuntu Community           273

Venues  275

Teams, Processes, and Community Governance  289

Getting Involved  299

Summary  302


Index           305


Editorial Reviews

“The Official Ubuntu Book is a great way to get you started with Ubuntu, giving you enough information to be productive without overloading you.” –John Stevenson, DZone book reviewer   “OUB is one of the best books I’ve seen for beginners.” –Bill Blinn, TechByter Worldwide   “This book is the perfect companion for users new to Linux and Ubuntu. It covers the basics in a concise and well-organized manner. General use is covered separately from troubleshooting and error-handling, making the book well-suited both for the beginner as well as the user that needs extended help.” –Thomas Petrucha, Austria Ubuntu User Group   “I have recommended this book to several users who I instruct regularly on the use of Ubuntu. All of them have been satisfied with their purchase and have even been able to use it to help them in their journey along the way.” –Chris Crisafulli, Ubuntu LoCo Council, Florida Local Community Team   “This text demystifies a very powerful Linux operating system. . . . In just a few weeks of having it, I’ve used it as a quick reference a half-dozen times, which saved me the time I would have spent scouring the Ubuntu forums online.” –Darren Frey, Member, Houston Local User Group   “This is a book that the new Ubuntu user would find helpful in getting started and the more experienced computer user would find informative enough to keep as a reference manual. I also enjoyed the computing humor.” –Dr. Gregory Chapelle, General Atomics, Electromagnetics Division, San Diego, California   “In short, this book is something that I can honestly recommend to anyone using Ubuntu. It works great as a reference and equally well as a how-to guide. I respect the work that’s been done, and I can’t overstate how knowledgeable the authors are, as well as the reviewers.” –Paul Tagliamonte, Ubuntu Member, and Debian Developer