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Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux

Book Description

Completely free and highly robust, Ubuntu has the power to bring the Linux desktop to the masses. Introducing Ubuntu: Desktop Linux is your key to learning this new, userfriendly, and free alternative to Windows. Think of it as a personal tutorial, a one-on-one class with an expert user of Ubuntu. It begins by helping you choose the right Ubuntu for you (yes, there's more than one), and guides you through installing Ubuntu, managing the desktop, installing printers, and getting online. From there, the book moves on to describe how to perform everyday tasks under Ubuntu, such as sending and receiving e-mail, playing MP3s and movies, messaging with friends, working with digital images, and much more. There's plenty of information on how to use OpenOffice.org programs such as Writer, Calc, and Impress as well. While this is an excellent book for the general consumer, the book also addresses businessoriented users of Ubuntu for the small to mediumsized business (SMB) market through the use of sidebars. This is the only "up-and-running" guide to Ubuntu you will ever need.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
  5. Installing and Configuring Ubuntu
    1. What is Ubuntu?
      1. What Is Linux?
      2. What Ubuntu Is
      3. A Cosmonaut’s View
      4. Conclusion
    2. Before you Install Ubuntu
      1. Choosing the Right Ubuntu
      2. Getting Ubuntu
      3. Installation Preparation
      4. Conclusion
    3. Installing Ubuntu
      1. Try Before You Buy
      2. One or Two Operating Systems?
      3. Running Ubiquity
      4. Reviewing the Settings
      5. Conclusion
    4. Desktop Basics
      1. Understanding the GNOME Desktop
      2. Desktop Settings and Features
      3. Window Dressing
      4. Conclusion
    5. Getting Online
      1. How to Get on the Internet
      2. Configuring Connections
      3. Conclusion
    6. Installing and Updating Software
      1. How Ubuntu Installs Software
      2. Understanding Software Repositories
      3. Using Update Manager
      4. Using Synaptic Package Manager
      5. Managing Software with Install and Remove Applications
      6. Managing Software with Apt-get
      7. Conclusion
    7. Making things Work
      1. Setting Up User Accounts
      2. Using Printers
      3. Using USB Mass Storage Devices
      4. Setting Up a Digital Camera
      5. Special Hardware Concerns
      6. Conclusion
  6. Using Ubuntu
    1. Taking the Grand Tour
      1. Introducing Firefox
      2. Introducing Evolution
      3. Introducing OpenOffice.org
      4. Other Nifty Ubuntu Tools
      5. Conclusion
    2. Basic File Management
      1. Using Nautilus
      2. Command-Line File Management
      3. Conclusion
    3. Surfing the Web
      1. Using Firefox
      2. Conclusion
    4. Mail Call
      1. Using Evolution
      2. Using Thunderbird
      3. Conclusion
    5. Messaging Tools
      1. Using Gaim (Pidgin)
      2. Using Ekiga Softphone
      3. Conclusion
    6. Multimedia Tools
      1. The Big Deal: Formats and Codecs
      2. Audio on Ubuntu
      3. Video on Ubuntu
      4. Conclusion
    7. Getting all the Goodies
      1. Installing Automatix2
      2. Using Automatix2
      3. Working with Windows
      4. Playing DVDs
      5. Looking Forward
      6. Conclusion
  7. Using OpenOffice.org
    1. Documenting with Writer
      1. The Writer Interface
      2. Creating Documents
      3. Conclusion
    2. Analyzing with CALC
      1. A Spreadsheet Primer
      2. Learning the Calc Interface
      3. Good-Looking Data
      4. Conclusion
    3. Presenting with Impress
      1. The Second Greatest Fear
      2. Learning the Tools to Use
      3. Creating a Presentation
      4. Conclusion
    4. Organizing with Base
      1. Database Concepts
      2. Building Your Own Database
      3. Conclusion