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Get your Ubuntu Pocket Guide for free


Undoubtedly one of the great things about open source is that so many handy programs and resources are completely free. You're unlikely to find a better deal on a comprehensive Ubuntu guide than the popular one by Keir Thomas, which you can download for free in PDF format (the print edition is available for 9.99 from Amazon). Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference: A Concise Companion for Everyday Ubuntu Use would be a great addition to your portable library. This edition covers Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, 8.10, "and beyond," according to its promo.

And while we're on the subject of good resources, don't miss Jack Wallen's post in the DIY blog: "Get top-quality open source security tools in one distro." Jack covers what's available in the Network Security Toolkit -- a distribution based on Fedora that includes hundreds of tools for monitoring, analyzing, and securing your network.

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9 comments
treibs
treibs

If it's for 8.04, it's too old, and I won't bother to download it.

grassiap
grassiap

This pocket guide mostly walks you through the gui tools you'll find in the gnome desktop. so this is quite high level and oriented to fresh converts from the windows world. Thing is it is to waayyyyyy outdated. Ubuntu went with unity a couple versions ago so newbie would not find what is documented here. As for more advanced users, it does NOT address the "what to do went things get interesting" for example the getting online only relies on the network node manager to do its job properly, and keeps a blind eye on the improving but still big issue with wireless drivers. free software pundit or not you HAVE to know about using the ndis wrapper in order to use windows network drivers for your wireless adapter Was probably a great read in '08 or '09, not so much now.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR like.author.displayName 1 Like

Most Linux stuff doesn't work.Somebody is completely filled up to the maximum with himself in the Linux sites with his psycho babel.You could pay somebody to straighten it out but the next day it would be back!

Michael Jay
Michael Jay like.author.displayName 1 Like

Could you give some examples of what is wrong with Linux, not really expecting a response, but I had to try.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Not expecting a response, that is. I'm surprised his latest round of posts have gone unchallenged before now. Apparently most of the community has decided to ignore him completely. He's rarely coherent and frequently just plain wrong, especially his posts regarding BIOSes and CPUs. I wish he'd return to wherever he's been for the last several months.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

The ability to get a working WiFi link in any Distro without the need to install [i]"Special"[/i] Drivers after you install the OS. After all we all know that Windows [b]Just Works[/b] and you never need to install Drivers when you install the OS. :^0 :D :^0 :D Col

lord_beavis
lord_beavis

You haven't tried a Linux distro since 2002 then?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I aim to please. ;) Though maybe it's to do with the Tar Ball I've heard that some people have trouble with those, but then again some people have trouble with Zipped Files. :D Col 0:-)

Michael Jay
Michael Jay like.author.displayName 1 Like

with proper sarcasm tossed in for good measure.

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