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Discover how to get the most out of Ubuntu for work, home, and play. Learning a new operating system can feel daunting, especially if you're used to Windows or OS X. If you've been afraid to try Ubuntu because you don't know where to start, this book introduces you to a wide selection of software and settings that will make your computer ready to work for you.

You'll see how Ubuntu can make your computing life easy. In addition to a tour of Ubuntu's modern and easy-to-use interface, you'll also learn how Ubuntu's Software Updater keeps all of your software secure and up-to-date. Browsing the Internet becomes faster and safer. Creating documents and sharing with others is built right in. Enjoying your music and movie libraries helps you unwind.

Ubuntu is the world’s third most popular operating system and powers desktop and laptop computers, servers, private and public clouds, and embedded devices. There's never been a better time to install Ubuntu and move to an open source way of life. Completely updated for this exciting second edition, Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users will help you start your journey into Free and Open Source Software with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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

Search Ubuntu's catalog of thousands of applications—all ready to install with a single click

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

Anyone who wants to move to using an open source operating system.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Installing Ubuntu

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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.
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Chapter 2. Getting Started with Ubuntu

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Learning a new operating system is like learning customs in a new culture. A tour of the Ubuntu desktop. Features of the Unity interface. How to install new software and receive updates. Managing user accounts. Differences from Windows. Differences from OS X. Working with other computers and sharing files, folders, and printers. Formatting disks to work with multiple operating systems.
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Chapter 3. Productivity at Home and Work

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At work and home, computers are tools to get work done. Simple word processing. Managing personal finances. Accessing work email and appointments. Working with online chat, photo, and file services. Organizing your thoughts through mindmapping and note-taking. Additional language support. Time management tracking. Organizing collections. Managing your ebook library across devices. Printing cards and labels. Backing up your files. Screenshots and recording your screen.
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Chapter 4. Enjoying Media and Other Entertainment

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Ubuntu works with your favorite media, from movies to music, discs, to files. Installing support for additional media formats and DVD playback. Organizing and enjoying your CD and music collection. Creating and backing up Cds. Creating video DVDs from your video files. Organizing and editing your photos. Recording and editing audio. Playing MIDI music. Virtual stargazing. Playing legacy and modern PC games.
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Chapter 5. Command-Line Tricks and Applications

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Ubuntu's command line is powerful and efficient. Practical introduction to the command line. Managing running programs and multitasking on the command line. Diagnosing network issues. Getting information about your computer. Managing user accounts. Reading email. Browsing the Web. Chatting on IRC. Playing text-based games
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Chapter 6. Power User Tools

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As you become comfortable with Ubuntu, some tricks and tips will help you take full advantage of your computer's capabilities. Manage running applications, Work with disks and thumb drives. Run applications with mulitple workspaces. Install and use different desktop environments. Install and manage software using the command line. Have Ubuntu manage thirdparty software. Creating launchers for programs. Work with virtual machines.
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