Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Book Review: Ubuntu for Non-Geeks

Filed under
Reviews

For those who tire of a Microsoft hegemony on their laptops and desktop PCs, there is another choice: Linux. This open source and essentially free version of Unix has the reputation of being for the über-techie, but if you want to give it a shot, there's a version called Ubuntu (a South African terms that means "humanity towards others") that may be up your alley. The book Ubuntu for Non-Geeks (2nd. edition) claims to be "a hands-on, project-based, take-it-slow guidebook for those interested in - but nervous about - switching to the Linux operating system."

I'd largely agree with this, and at $34.95, which includes a CD with the operating system (you can even try it before fully installing it on your hard drive), it's a cheap experiment. However, depending on what you want to do, it may be a bit trickier, technically, than the book implies.

Trying the operating system was as easy as putting the CD into my drive and rebooting.

More Here




Ubuntu for Non-Geeks

I was contacted by No Starch Press and I was offered a free book on Ubuntu for review and I must admit that this is a book I am more than glad to review.

I will try to be as balanced as possible in this review, but of course my judgement is influenced by my experience as an Ubuntu user, as a moderator on ubuntuforums.org and as a (geek) troubleshooter (and developer).

That Full Review

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

The real road to democracy: how open source is sparking a revolution in enterprise

Forget the dotcom bubble burst of the noughties; never before has the promise of a digital economy ranked so highly in the global marketplace. Having faced significant downturns over the last decade or so, many economies – the UK, Portugal and Iceland, to name a few – have spawned a new wave of digital entrepreneurs. Those who perhaps found themselves out of a job, or facing unprecedented levels of competition for limited employment opportunities after education, have created their own jobs and companies, bringing new found energy and increased competitiveness into the enterprise sector. Read more

ALT Linux 7.0.5 Arrives with Active Directory Support and Linux Kernel 3.14.41 LTS

Andrei Cherepanov had the great pleasure of informing us about the immediate availability for download of the fifth maintenance release of the Russian ALT Linux 7.0 operating system. Read more

OpenMandriva's Next Release Will be a Tribute to Mandrake Linux

Softpedia was among the first to report a few days ago the sad news that the French Mandriva S.A. company that developed, maintained, and distributed the popular Mandriva Linux operating system is in the process of being liquidated. Read more

An About.com Review Of Bodhi Linux

Bodhi Linux is a distribution I have followed for a number of years. I used to have it installed on my Acer Aspire Netbook and it featured in my list of "12 great distributions for netbooks" article that I wrote back in October 2013. The point of Bodhi Linux is to get out of your way and let you decide which applications are installed on your computer. I gave my previous review of Bodhi Linux the title "Quick but Quirky". The reason for that title was that the desktop whilst whizzing along quite nicely had a few strange Enlightenment-isms which would have made it a probably no-no for beginners. How does the latest version measure up? Read on and find out. Read more