Ubuntu is a complete, free operating system that emphasizes
community, support, and ease of use without compromising speed,
power, or flexibility. It’s Linux for human
beings—designed for everyone from computer novices to
experts. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (Long Term Support), a.k.a., “Hardy
Heron,” is the latest release—more powerful, more
flexible, and friendlier than ever. The Official Ubuntu Book,
Third Edition, will get you up and running quickly.
Written by expert leading Ubuntu community members, this book covers all you need to know to make the most of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, whether you’re a home user, small business user, server administrator, or programmer. The authors cover Ubuntu 8.04 LTS from start to finish: installation, configuration, desktop productivity, games, management, support, and much more. Among the many new topics covered in this edition: the new Edubuntu and the brand new Kubuntu Remix including KDE 4.
The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition, covers standard desktop applications, from word processing, spreadsheets, Web browsing, e-mail, instant messaging, music, video, and games to software development, databases, and server applications. In addition, you’ll
Learn how to customize Ubuntu for home, small business, school, government, and enterprise environments
Learn how to quickly update Ubuntu to accommodate new versions and new applications
Find up-to-the-minute troubleshooting advice from Ubuntu users worldwide
Learn Ubuntu Server installation and administration, including LVM and RAID implementation
Learn about Edubuntu—Ubuntu optimized specifically for the classroom
The DVD includes the complete Ubuntu Linux operating system for installation on PC platforms, preconfigured with an outstanding desktop environment for both home and business computing. It can be used to install other complete variants of Ubuntu including Kubuntu (with the KDE environment), and Edubuntu (for use in schools).
Table of Contents
- Praise for The Official Ubuntu Book
- Foreword to the First Edition
- About the Authors
1. Introducing Ubuntu
- A Wild Ride
- Free Software, Open Source, and GNU/Linux
- A Brief History of Ubuntu
- What Is Ubuntu?
- Ubuntu Promises and Goals
- Canonical and the Ubuntu Foundation
- Ubuntu Subprojects, Derivatives, and Spin-offs
2. Installing Ubuntu
- Choosing Your Ubuntu Version
- Getting Ubuntu
- Installing from the Desktop CD
- Installing from the Alternate Install CD
3. Using Ubuntu on the Desktop
- Taking Your Desktop for a Ride
Using Your Applications
- Browsing the Web with Firefox
- Creating Documents with OpenOffice.org
- Managing Your E-Mail and Calendars with Evolution
- Creating Graphics with GIMP
- Communicating with Pidgin
- Cutting-Edge Voice Over IP with Ekiga
- Exploring the Ubuntu Landscape
- The Ubuntu File Chooser and Bookmarks
- Ubuntu in Your Language
- Customizing Ubuntu’s Look and Feel
- Managing Your Files
- Ubuntu and Multimedia
4. Advanced Usage and Managing Ubuntu
- Adding and Removing Programs and Packages
- Keeping Your Computer Updated
- Moving to the Next Ubuntu Release
- Using and Abusing Devices and Media
- Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu
- Graphically Accessing Remote Files
- The Terminal
- Working with Windows
5. The Ubuntu Server
- What Is Ubuntu Server?
- Installing Ubuntu Server
Ubuntu Package Management
- The Ubuntu Archive
- APT Sources and Repositories
- Installing a Package Manually
- apt-get and apt-cache
- Running a Distribution Upgrade
- Tips and Tricks
- Ubuntu Server Security
6. Support and Typical Problems
- Ubuntu Won’t Start!
- Ubuntu Loads but Keeps Restarting
- The Ubuntu Logo Appears Corrupted or Just Looks Odd While Booting
- When I Start My Computer, I Get Text Instead of a Graphical Interface
- I Tried to Use a Word or PowerPoint Document, and the Fonts Are All Wrong
- I Want to Add TrueType Fonts to My Desktop Quickly
- My Fonts Don’t Look Good on My LCD Screen
- How Do I Install a Package?
- How Do I Install Another Desktop Environment?
- I Want to Install an Application That Is Not in Synaptic
- I Want a Local Copy of the Ubuntu Repositories
- The File Manager Is Painfully Slow—How Can I Make It Run Faster?
- I Can’t See the Hidden Files and Folders in the File Manager
- How Do I Restore Something I Deleted in the File Manager?
- How Can I Test Whether an .iso File Works?
- I Downloaded an Autopackage, but I Don’t Know How to Run It
- How Do I Compile an Application?
- The Desktop Has Hung—What Do I Do?
- My Screen Resolution Is Wrong
- How Can I Automatically Log In Without Having to Enter My Login Details?
- I Tried to Upgrade My System, but I Got an Error
- I Am Running Out of Disk Space—How Do I Free Up Some Space?
- I Deleted Something in the File Manager, but I Don’t See the Extra Disk Space
- Another Version of Ubuntu Is Out—How Do I Upgrade to It?
- When I Click the Close Window Icon, My Program Doesn’t Go Away
- The Upgrade Notification Bubble Keeps Appearing, and I Want It to Stop
- Extending the File Manager with Scripts
- I Went to a Web Site in Firefox, and the Macromedia Flash Plug-in Is Missing
- Java Is Not Installed on My System
- My E-Mail Doesn’t Work in Evolution
- I Downloaded a Particular Media File, and It Won’t Play
- My DVD Won’t Play
- DVD Playback Is Jittery and Jumpy
- When I Start Some Applications, I Hear No Sound on Playback
- My Microphone Doesn’t Work
- My Sound Is Distorted
- How Do I Change the Visual Theme?
- How Do I Find and Install New Desktop Themes and Backgrounds?
- How Do I Turn My Ubuntu Computer into a MythTV Box?
- Ubuntu Has Not Detected My Old Sound Card
- My Cardbus Adapter Is Not Being Recognized
- I Plug In My USB Stick and Nothing Happens
- I Copied Some Files to/from My USB Stick, but When I Access It Later, the Files Are Not There
- My CD-ROM/DVD Drive Is Not Working
- My CD-ROM/DVD Drive Won’t Eject
- I Bought a Device, but It Doesn’t Work in Ubuntu
- My Computer Says It Is Out of Memory
- How Can I Copy Photos from My Mobile Phone to My Ubuntu Computer with Bluetooth?
- I Can Read My USB Storage Device, but I Can’t Write to It
- I Still Can’t Write to My Drive!
- How Do I Format a Disk?
- The Keys on My Keyboard Spit Out the Wrong Letters/Symbols
- My Serial Mouse Is Not Working
- My Mouse Scroll Wheel Does Not Work
- My Remote Control Doesn’t Work
- How Do I Find Out Which Hardware Works in Ubuntu Before I Purchase It?
- How Do I Schedule Things to Happen?
- How Can I Copy a File from One Computer to Another?
- I Know an Application Is Available in Ubuntu, but Synaptic Can’t Find It
- I Am Running Ubuntu on an Older Computer, and I Would Like a Faster Desktop
- I Reinstalled Windows, and Now Ubuntu Won’t Start!
- How Do I Fix My Disk After a Power Failure?
- Ubuntu Takes Up Too Much Disk Space on My Old Computer
- My Computer Is Running Quite Slowly—How Can I Find Out What Is Going On?
- How Can I Learn the Different Options for Commands?
- How Do I Get My Root Account Back?
- I Forgot My System Password—What Can I Do?
- How Do I Access My Windows Partitions?
- How Do I Add Users?
- The System
7. The Ubuntu Community
- Teams, Processes, and Community Governance
- Getting Involved
8. Using Kubuntu
- Introduction to Kubuntu
- Installing Kubuntu
- Navigating in Kubuntu
- Customizing Kubuntu
- System Administration
- Managing Files with Kubuntu
- Web Browsing with Konqueror
- Using Firefox for Browsing the Web
- Burning CDs—Audio and Data
- Instant Messaging
- Internet Relay Chat
- Kiosk Mode
- Exploring the Kubuntu Landscape
- Tips and Tricks
- Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community
9. Using Edubuntu
- Introduction to Edubuntu
- Installing Edubuntu as an Add-on
Using Edubuntu in LTSP Mode
- What Is LTSP?
- How Does LTSP Work?
- The Benefits of LTSP
- Other Uses
- LTSP Availability in Ubuntu
- Installing an LTSP Server
- Installing the LTSP Environment in Ubuntu or on a Desktop Installation
- Special LTSP Cases
- Managing Your LTSP Server
- Managing Your Edubuntu Clients
- Controlling and Managing the Users’ Desktops
- Troubleshooting LTSP
- Finding Help and Giving Back to the Community
- 10. Ubuntu-Related Projects
A. Welcome to the Command Line
- Starting Up the Terminal
- Moving Around the Filesystem
- Manipulating Files and Folders
- System Information Commands
- Searching and Editing Text Files
- Dealing with Users and Groups
- Getting Help on the Command Line
- Searching for Man Files
- Using Wildcards
- Executing Multiple Commands
- Moving to More Advanced Uses of the Command Line
B. Ubuntu Foundation Documents
- Code of Conduct
- Leadership Code of Conduct
- Ubuntu Philosophy
- C. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Open Publication License
D. Ubuntu Equivalents to Windows Programs
- On the Ubuntu Desktop
- Additional Applications
- DVD Warranty
- Title: The Official Ubuntu Book, Third Edition
- Release date: June 2008
- Publisher(s): Prentice Hall
- ISBN: 9780137156481