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Press Release: July 18, 2012

Ubuntu Made Easy--New from No Starch Press: A Project-Based Introduction to Ubuntu 12.04

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San Francisco, CA, July 18, 2012—Ubuntu is supposed to be the Linux distribution for the masses, and in many ways it is. But despite the best efforts of scores of developers, it can still be intimidating for newcomers.

Ubuntu Made Easy from No Starch Press (July 2012, 480 pp., with LiveCD, $34.95, ISBN 9781593274252) makes the move to Linux easy with hands-on projects that go beyond the basics. The book's accessible, step-by-step instructions walk readers through important tasks like troubleshooting common hardware and software problems, accessing social networks, connecting with the Ubuntu community, and accessing a Windows installation. This is a stress-free guide that promises to turn the Linux-shy novice into a confident user.

"Ubuntu continues to evolve in ways that have made it easier to use than ever before," said author Rickford Grant "With Ubuntu Made Easy, we hope to reach the ever-growing, varied population of Linux users, and gently welcome newcomers into the world of Linux."

By following along with the book's straightforward explanations, readers will learn how to:

  • Install Ubuntu and keep it updated
  • Work with printers, cameras, music players, tablet devices, and other hardware
  • Edit and share digital photos and videos
  • Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Customize the look and feel of their systems
  • Work with the command line (or avoid it altogether!)

Let's face it: Ubuntu probably isn't for everyone. But for readers looking for an alternative to Windows or Mac OS, Ubuntu Made Easy promises to make the transition a whole lot easier.

For more information or to request a review copy of Ubuntu Made Easy, contact Jessica Miller at No Starch Press (, +1.415.863.9900, x110) or visit

About the Authors

Rickford Grant is the author of Ubuntu for Non-Geeks and Linux Made Easy. He has been an operating system maniac for more than 20 years, from his early days with an Atari XL600 to his current Linux machines. Rickford is the international student advisor at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina.

Phil Bull is an author of the official Ubuntu documentation and a member of the GNOME documentation project. He has been helping people with computers since his early teens and has been an open source contributor since 2005. Phil currently spends his time studying astrophysics in sunny Oxford, UK.

Rickford Grant and Phil Bull are available for radio, TV, print, and online interviews. Please contact

Additional Resources
Chapter 13: Right-Brain Penguins - Linux Does Art (PDF)
Table of Contents
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)
No Starch Press Catalog Page

Ubuntu Made Easy Ubuntu Made Easy
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Rickford Grant with Phil Bull
ISBN: 9781593274252, with LiveCD,
$34.95, July 2012, 480 pp.

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