Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition by Keir Thomas, Jaime Sicam

By Keir Thomas, Jaime Sicam

Sturdy ebook with a lot details, yet you continue to needs to use the boards to get the most recent info on Ubuntu Karmic.

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By Keir Thomas, Jaime Sicam

Sturdy ebook with a lot details, yet you continue to needs to use the boards to get the most recent info on Ubuntu Karmic.

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We looked at how Linux formed one of the building blocks of a political movement geared toward producing software that can be shared. We discussed the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds. We’ve also looked at the massive input the GNU Project has made and, in particular, that of its philosopher king, Richard Stallman. In the next chapter, we move on to look at what you can expect from day-to-day use of Linux. fm Page 23 Friday, April 25, 2008 8:00 AM CHAPTER 3 ■■■ The Realities of Running Linux S o now that you’ve learned about the politics, history, and personalities behind Linux, only one question remains: what’s Linux actually like when used day to day?

This is a complicated way of saying that it’s pretty darn powerful. Linux is as capable of running supercomputers as it is of running a desktop PC. fm Page 6 Monday, April 28, 2008 2:15 PM 6 CHAPTER 1 ■ WELCOME ! the foundation laid by Unix, which itself was based on Multics, which was one of the first modern computer operating systems. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Linux can trace its family tree all the way back to the pioneering days of computing. CORRECT PRONUNCIATION What most people refer to as the Linux operating system takes its name from the kernel program, one of its most important system components.

Such knowledge is considered to be as important, if not more so, than understanding the technical details on how Linux works. But while these chapters should be read sooner rather than later, they don’t contain any technical information that you absolutely require to get started with Ubuntu. Part 2 covers installing Ubuntu on your computer. An illustrated guide is provided, and all installation choices are explained in depth. Additionally, you’ll find a problem-solving chapter to help, just in case anything goes wrong.

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