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Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users

Start Your Journey into Free and Open Source Software


About this book

Completely updated for this exciting third edition, Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users will help you start your journey into Free and Open Source Software with Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS with GNOME 42.

This book is a friendly guide to installing and running Ubuntu for people who are already efficient and happy with Windows or macOS computers. It teachers new Ubuntu users how to navigate their new operating system, perform basic tasks and suggests specific applications to handle routine tasks.

You'll start by installing Ubuntu and its related “flavors” (Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, etc.) and how they differ from each other. The rest of the book breaks down application suggestions by broad categories to fill in gaps in the default installed system, or suggest fun things that the reader might not have even thought of. The command line is handled after you are comfortable with the system and ready for something interesting but different. It's presented as a powerful interface that can either be approached casually as a unique method of interacting with the computer, as an occasional tool to use, or as a fun way to get in touch with an early way of using a computer.

A brief look at “power user” topics gives advice on managing running processes, installing alternate desktop software, using virtual desktops and creating virtual machines. It’s a great way to round off the book with starting points for advanced topics that are more specialty topics. An appendix describes the Ubuntu release schedule, naming, and timing.

The book is designed to function as a “travel guide” to Ubuntu, offering both a scenic tour through some of the great software in Ubuntu in a practical “here’s what you can do with this” style as well as a comprehensive reference guide that the reader can return to over and over to learn how to accomplish specific tasks.

What You'll LearnUnderstand the advantages of Ubuntu and its variants—Kubuntu and XubuntuInstall Ubuntu on its own or alongside your computer's existing operating system

Search Ubuntu's catalog of thousands of applications

Work with files and disks that were created with Windows and OS X

Run simple, interesting tasks and games using the command line

Customize Ubuntu in powerful ways and get work done with virtual machinesWho This Book Is For

Beginning to intermediate computer users with Windows 7 or OS X or later experience

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Installing Ubuntu
All things considered, installing an operating system should really be difficult and arcane. It controls your computer. After starting everything up, it loads the drivers, runs every program, orchestrates how software and hardware work together, provides the computer-user interface, and determines how you will work with your machine.
Nathan Haines
Chapter 2. Getting Started with Ubuntu
One of the best things about Ubuntu is that it’s ready for use as soon as it’s installed. As soon as you reboot, you can get almost anything done immediately, and new applications are just a couple of clicks away. Some of the power of Ubuntu is in its differences from other operating systems.
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Chapter 3. Productivity at Home and Work
A fresh Ubuntu installation is reasonably complete. The included applications and tools form a comprehensive computer system that can be used for all basic daily computer use and more. But Ubuntu’s software repositories are home to thousands more software packages that can transform your computer into a powerful tool to boost your productivity. The possibilities are nearly endless.
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Chapter 4. Enjoying Media and Other Entertainment
Ubuntu has been shown to have a lot of really useful productivity tools. But it is also home to fantastic entertainment options as well. While the rest of this book focuses on getting things done, this chapter is all about enjoying your computer and getting the most out of your personal media—purchased movies, music, podcasts, and so on. It even covers a few basic suggestions about gaming, whether you are nostalgic for the past or looking forward to the next big retail game.
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Chapter 5. Command-Line Tricks and Applications
At last we come to the command line! That most powerful and often feared topic of all new Linux users. Fairly or unfairly, the command line has a reputation for being arcane and difficult to use. And it is a half-truth: a lot of arcane utilities have stuck around—and indeed, any Unix or Linux guru can perform magic inside a terminal window. But the other half of this truth is that the most common commands are simple and easy to use, and the command line is therefore both powerful and comfortable.
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Chapter 6. Power User Tools
You’ll find that your daily use of Ubuntu is pretty straightforward and simple. You’ll run applications; get work done; relax with games, movies, or other entertainment; and generally be productive. And as you become more comfortable with Ubuntu, you’ll explore Ubuntu Software and expand what you can do with your computer. The possibilities are truly endless.
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Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users
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