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Free Ubuntu book tops 150,000 downloads
Jan. 30, 2009

Keir Thomas informs us that his new Ubuntu book has been downloaded 150,000 times. Freely downloadable in PDF format and available from Amazon in paperback form for $10, MacFreda Publishing's 164-page Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference offers a beginner's overview of the popular distro.

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Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference "assumes zero Linux knowledge," says the author. Written for anybody switching to Ubuntu, it is said to be particularly aimed at former Windows users. Published by MacFreda earlier this month, and distributed on Amazon, the book was recently made available for free on Apparently, this approach has stirred considerable interest, says the author.

Ubuntu Kung Fu
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"In the few days since the website went live, it's been downloaded over 150,000 times, and is making a huge stir within the community," writes Thomas, who has written two other Ubuntu books, including the recent Ubuntu Kung Fu (see image at right). "However, around two thirds of the visitors to the website are Windows users, and I think my book might be providing the 'final piece of the jigsaw' for people who have been thinking of making the switch to Ubuntu."

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference leads new users through installation and hardware configuration, and then explores the Ubuntu filesystem and file manager, says Thomas. The book then covers the command line, software management, and system security, including firewall configuration, antivirus installation, and data encryption. The book is said to cover Ubuntu 8.04 while looking forward to "8.10 and beyond."


MacFreda Publishing's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is available on Amazon for $9.94, and as a free (no registration needed) PDF download, here.

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