Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook
Author: Rickford Grant
Publisher: No Starch Press; 2 edition
Publication Date: 2007-06-15
ISBN-10: 1593271522
ISBN-13: 9781593271527
Paperback: 345 Pages

This newbie’s guide to Ubuntu – now updated for Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), the latest Ubuntu release, which puts the spotlight on multimedia enablement and desktop effects – lets readers learn by doing. Using immersion-learning techniques favored by language courses, step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, stimulating the brain and increasing the reader’s understanding.

Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition covers all the topics likely to be of interest to an average desktop user. Inside, you’ll learn to:

  • Download and install free applications, games, and utilities
  • Connect to the Internet and wireless networks
  • Configure your hardware, including printers, scanners, and removable storage devices
  • Watch DVDs, listen to music, and even sync your iPod
  • Download photos and videos from your digital camera, then edit and share them
  • Tackle more advanced tasks as soon as you’re readyFull of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition is a hands-on, project-based, take-it slow guidebook intended for those interested in–but nervous about–switching to the Linux operating system. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you’ve learned.Included is a companion CD that lets you try out Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) without making any changes to your computer and then install it when you’re ready.

    About the Author

    Rickford Grant is the author of Linux for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been a computer operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is currently working as a teacher in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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    5 comments

    1. I’ve been trying to install the software all weekend but my system freezes every single time at screen 1/7 (select language) although to be fair, I got to screen 2/7 once before it froze.

      Save your money and order the free CD from the Ubuntu website. By the way, there is no website (that I’ve been able to find) that provides support.

      I’m definitely a non-geek so maybe I’m missing something but this book/CD was meant for non-geeks wasn’t it?
      Rating: 1 / 5

      M. Ross02-22 02:37
    2. This book tells you about 2% of what you need to know to figure out anything in Linux. Linux supports virually nothing in the way of programs, games or software, just get a Mac with OS X leopard or if you want to use windows get XP all the stuff you need a masters in computer science to do is already done you just use the OS and enjoy. Linux as one reviewer said earlier is no where near as easy as Windows or Mac OS X. Linux is for programmers not the average computer user. I use computers with process controls for a living and I don’t have time to configure linux to just work so i can get my work done which is way I use XP or OS X. This book has facts like (this is a quote from the book) “If Linux Ubuntu does not recognize your wireless card it can be easily fixed by getting a new one” Thats not how to fix things or use Linux just buy new hardware to suit Linux, I don’t think so to hell with linux.
      Rating: 1 / 5

      Deimos02-22 04:45
    3. Before I begin I’d like to say that anyone who tells you that Linux is “just as easy as Windows” is lying. If you venture into the land of Linux you should know this first and foremost. Unless you already are adept at Unix or Linux or work with computers for a living be prepared to spend many, many days figuring things out that Microsoft — bless it’s soul — has already figured out for you.

      Now about this book. It stinks. The author spends far too much time on nonsense, explaining that something will not be too hard, and far too little time actually explaining what he’s trying to get across. This, by the way, is very typical of computer geeks and a requirement for a Linux expert.

      Look up “partitioning” in the index of this book and you get almost nothing. The author’s explanation of how partitioning works is almost nonexistent. Instead of positioning this section to 99.9% of his readers — who already have Windows running and would just like to experiment — the author completely glosses over the major points of where your files will go and what will happen to your Windows setup.

      Second, there is the hardware issue. Have a nice wireless dongle you want to use to connect to your home network? Forget it. They tell you Linux works with everything — everything but the particular hardware you want to install.

      Again, look up wireless networking in the index of this book and there is almost nothing except a long explanation about “WAP”. WAP this, WAP that, connect your WAP.

      Really, I ask, do you want to figure all this nonsense out for yourself (because that is what will happen) or do you simply want to use Windows XP or Vista and save hours, days, weeks??

      I have at this point tried several of the free Linux distributions and one that I stupidly paid for. They all stink. They are approximately at the stage that DOS was in 1983, except for one minor problem: It’s 2008 and we’re used to our computers working, more or less, from the moment we turn them on.

      No Linux expert I have been in contact with (and I have been on several forums) has been able to explain the partition process to me, and what the best way is to split up the disk. Or even what the heck those choices mean when you power up the installer. No linux expert has been able to answer how my networking equipment will work with Linux.

      And if you don’t get it, tough.

      If you’re a non-professional computer user, save your money, time, and gastric juices. Learn to get the most out of Windows because until someone comes up w/ a complete Linux distribution that partitions the hard drive without the need to understand “fat/dslso winxp XXyyzz” and gobbledeegook such as that, Linux will foreever be the domain of geeks. There is a reason why “free” operating systems are free. You get what you pay for.

      Angelo DePalma
      Rating: 2 / 5

      Angelo DePalma02-22 07:42
    4. I enjoyed starting out in linux and this is the guide that helped me to do it. I realize now that the internet and some forum browsing is all that is necessary, but this is a good book for folks that prefer to have the printed word on paper. I think if could have been a bit more detailed on getting started, but once into the install process and how to customize ubuntu it was very helpful. I have since moved on to PCLinuxOS, just find it to work better and easier, but owe this book to getting started down the path of the Pinguins.
      Rating: 3 / 5

    5. This book covers the basics of this wonderful OS in an light tone. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the file system, several ways to install programs, whether they’re compiled for Ubuntu, another distro of Linux like Red Hat, or even Windows using Wine. You’ll get a grand tour of all that Ubuntu offers in about three hours reading time.

      Start your Linux journey here. You won’t regret it.
      Rating: 5 / 5

      Ivy Reisner02-22 11:38

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