About the book

At just 5.25 x 8 inches and 166 pages, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a compact yet comprehensive guide to everyday Ubuntu use.

It's ideal for those who need vital information on all aspects of using Ubuntu, but who don’t have time to wade through thick documentation.

Each chapter of Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference tackles an aspect of Ubuntu.

First, you learn about installation—getting Ubuntu onto your computer—after which you learn how to configure your computer's hardware.

Following this, you’re introduced to the Ubuntu desktop, and the tricks and techniques of efficient day-to-day usage. The book then describes the highways of the Ubuntu filesystem, and gives a full run-down of Ubuntu’s file manager.

Next, the command-line is tackled in-depth, after which software management is explained. Finally, system security is described—configuring the firewall, installing antivirus, and encrypting sensitive data. Appendixes provide a glossary of terms, and a guide to understanding technical documentation.

Written for anybody switching to Ubuntu, particularly former Windows users, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference assumes zero Linux knowledge. It provides the wisdom of the expert user and concisely conveys core competencies.

Table of contents

  1. Installing Ubuntu
  2. Configuring Ubuntu
  3. Getting to grips with the desktop
  4. Users and the filesystem
  5. Hands-on at the command-line
  6. Software management
  7. Securing the system

APPENDIX A: Glossary of terms
APPENDIX B: Learning more and getting help

What people are saying

"Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a great resource covering Ubuntu from A to Z without all the extra fluff."
— Ryan Troy, Administrator, Ubuntuforums.org

"A wonderful and clear introduction to Ubuntu, to Linux, and to many concepts and details that may otherwise be difficult for newcomers to grasp ... Useful for anyone, whether you are learning for the first time or you just need a reference to refresh your memory."
—Matthew Helmke, Administrator, Ubuntuforums.org

"I really enjoyed Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference and would recommend it. The style is easy to follow."
—John Southern, former editor of Linux Magazine