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You, too, can learn Ubuntu-fu
Oct. 23, 2008

Pragmatic Bookshelf has published a book for "every level" of Ubuntu user. Offering 315 tips for using the Linux distro, and written by Keir Thomas, Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks also includes a "crash course" in Ubuntu system administration.

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Ubuntu Kung Fu provides tips for "tweaking Ubuntu, wrangling the system into shape, optimizing, and enhancing security," among other tasks, says Pragmatic. Although targeted at a range of users, the 400-page book is particularly focused on Linux newcomers migrating over from Windows or Mac OS X, say the publishers.

The SysAdmin crash course includes basics on users, passwords, command-line vs. GUI, the Gconf-editor, configuration files, and backups. The following offers a small sampling of the 315 tips listed in the table of contents:
  • Closely monitor the power consumption of a laptop
  • Optimize startup for faster boot times
  • Slow down a touchpad's scrolling
  • Create an "Ubuntu install" USB stick
  • Repair Windows from within Ubuntu
  • Make Evolution more like Outlook (just a little bit)
  • Switch to a lightweight file manager
  • Recover a damaged desktop
  • Avoid making badly burned CD-R/RW discs
  • Take full control of PulseAudio sound output
  • Optimize Ubuntu's performance
Author Keir Thomas has written books including Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition; Beginning Fedora Linux; and Beginning SUSE Linux, Second Edition, all published by Apress.


Keir Thomas's Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks is available for $35 (or 22 UK Pounds), or $43.75 for the book-and-PDF version, says Pragmatic Bookshelf, which distributes through O'Reilly. More information, including a table of contents listing the titles of all 315 tips, plus an excerpt page that offers 17 free tips, should be available here.

-- Eric Brown

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