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Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition Review

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:36 am on Monday, January 25, 2010

Irritated with my Desktop after an upgrade gone bad and an incident with the nvidia noveau driver that left me x less, I decided it was time to re-install. I turned to my bookshelf to find Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition. Normally by the time a book hits my shelf the material is outdated, not necessarily useless, just not the most up to date. This is an exception. The Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition was updated with an Ubuntu 9.10 DVD and a “Free Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04″ which I found out that if you buy the book before the end of 2010 you can get an upgrade kit in the mail.

So, I pop the DVD in the drive and start the installation. Nothing new here for anyone that has installed Linux or Ubuntu recently; for those that haven’t, it was a pleasant surprise to see that it actually detected my high resolution monitor and used it to its advantage. It really is strange to not have to squint at an installer. The first chapter covers the step by step installation in more detail which is relatively short and easy to follow. Most people should not need to read this if they are familiar with installing an operating system but it I think it is good to have it there. Just don’t let this first chapter prevent you from looking further into this book. After putting the DVD in and getting it started, I found myself reading the book through the entire installation; which for some reason got from 0-90% quickly, then took the majority of the time in the 90% range, but I’m not complaining.

The Authors really did a good job of writing in an understandable language and organizing the book in a logical format. I’ve found myself flipping through and finding many golden nuggets of information. I personally would not have picked this book up because of the title, since I’m not a big Ubuntu user. But Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 edition is packed full of information, 32 chapters and a hefty appendix to be exact. It is not all Ubuntu – specific either, meaning most of the content should work on just about distribution. This book would not be rendered useless if you don’t decide to go the Ubuntu route. I recommend taking a look at the contents and buying this book, as I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the topics it covers. I think it would be a great book for someone that is interested in Linux in general, it reads well but can also be used as a quick reference. I wish I had a book like this when I was getting started, it would have saved me a whole lot of time and effort. I have set aside some of the more advanced chapters and made a note to read later.

Other reviews I’ve read have said that it has too much terminal use in it, which is something Ubuntu is trying to eliminate. While this may be true, if you want the most out of your Linux distribution, the fact is you will at some point use a terminal. Commands are less likely to change as much as graphical interfaces. Although some things may be slightly outdated I don’t think that this book should be re-written, as it is in the nature of open source and technology to change. If you keep this in mind I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with it.




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January 26, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

[...] Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition Review Irritated with my Desktop after an upgrade gone bad and an incident with the nvidia noveau driver that left me x less, I decided it was time to re-install. I turned to my bookshelf to find Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition. Normally by the time a book hits my shelf the material is outdated, not necessarily useless, just not the most up to date. This is an exception. The Ubuntu Unleashed 2010 Edition was updated with an Ubuntu 9.10 DVD and a “Free Upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04″ which I found out that if you buy the book before the end of 2010 you can get an upgrade kit in the mail. [...]

Comment by YourMaster

January 27, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

Free upgrade to 10.04????? Since when do you have to pay for it in the first place? Thats like getting your 2nd breath of oxygen free.

Comment by TheLinuxBlog.com

January 27, 2010 @ 2:47 pm

@YOURMASTER While I sort of agree, with you the “Free” part is a copy of the 10.04 DVD and an upgrade kit that is mailed to you free of charge. Meaning you kind of do get your second breath sans cost.

Comment by Chuck Linart

January 29, 2010 @ 12:52 am

I’m more of a Fedora guy, but I really like the way the Ubuntu community makes it so easy to adopt Linux.

I agree with you about the command line — keep it. Giving up the power of the command line to accommodate a few total idiots makes no sense.

Thanks for the nice review.

Comment by TheLinuxBlog.com

January 29, 2010 @ 9:00 am

@CHUCK I was a Fedora guy for the past 1.5 years, this is the first time I’ve really seriously tried Ubuntu other than complaining about other peoples computers. The terminal chapter should be left in the book, its not that hard to pick up if you need to use it and as stated it is likely at some point, it will be needed.

Comment by TSteele

February 5, 2010 @ 3:32 am

Free upgrade to 10.04?? Nice.

Comment by Alvarez

February 5, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

I have been an Ubuntu follower since 7.10, I have now switched to Ubuntu linpais because has loads of applications pre-installed. Only one thing I have noticedsince updating is that the grub has changed back to ubuntu default, Anyway all the rest is fine and works perfect.

Comment by nospam

February 10, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

See my comment on amazon

http://www.amazon.com/Ubuntu-Unleashed-2010-Covering-9-10/dp/0672331098

after reading the negative comments on this page, I have first download a .pdf version of this book, to take a good look at it.
this book is a lie.
this is an old edition with a fallacious title (8.04 LTS with some new print screens and some updates here and there) but the underline doc is for 8.04:
a full chapter on the deprecated and xorg.conf (not present in 9.10); nothing about any of the changes in 9.10 as the new GDM (see: [...]) or GRUB2 (already mentioned in another comment); Print screens of the 8.04 LTS version (but for ONE single 9.10 GNOME desktop print screen); the list is long.
DON’T BUY THIS BOOK!!!
The book content itself is good though (what what it worth), but the publisher should be stoned to death for his lie. Imagine I sell you an old Amiga with an flashing new sticker “Updated for playing 1920 HD movie”, that’s what this book is all about: a big fat lie.

Probably none of you have read it, reading at the comments.

Comment by TheLinuxBlog.com

February 10, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

@NOSPAM I have too read the book. Do you know how hard it is to write and keep a technical book up to date? I thought they did a good job. The Free update is to the new version when it comes out. Perhaps you could enlighten us more.

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