4.0 out of 5 stars
Money very well spent, March 22 2007
I never give a five star review..would have given a 4.5.
I am a long time window's user and software professional who had limited experience with Linux world. I needed to get Mono up and running on a linux platform in order to do some RnD.
Ubuntu is getting lots of positive press these days so I picked it as my 'linux flavor'
This book got me up to speed in short order. In a matter of a few hours I had Ubuntu installed; playing mp3s; playing mpg/avi; firewall installed; anti virus installed; using Nautilus to access our network; browsing the internet with Firefox; downloaded ftp server's tar ball , compiled and installed it ; modifed video display settings and corrupted system, restored original configuration file and recovered system; got fairly familiar with using the Terminal. Was having so much fun and so proud of myself that I forgot all about Mono. Finally, I got mono running , imported my .Net source code and did some compiling. Nice!
The only real negatives are references to software packages that can't be located through the synaptic package manager . For example, the author states that one can install firestarter by using the synaptic package manager. The only problem is that when one attempts to locate the package via synaptic it can't be found. The good news is that the author, in a previous, chapter tells you how to download souce code, build it and install it. I was able to go to firestarter's site, get the source, build it, install it and use it. A very powerful skill!
Made my life alot easier.
Well written , clear and well planned.
Author does not try to be clever
One needs patience when jumping into the Linux world. This book made me a fan of Ubuntu