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Friday, 14 March 2014

Introduction

In January I released From Windows To Ubuntu which is a beginners guide to Ubuntu for people coming from the Windows operating system.

For those of you who were tempted but not quite sure about whether to buy the book I have now set up an Amazon countdown deal which means for the next 48 hours you can get the book for less than a bag of chips.


The book covers everything from buying a computer pre-installed with Ubuntu to downloading and installing it yourself. (Including how to dual boot with Windows).

Beyond the installation there is a full guide of the Unity desktop including a detailed description of the launcher and the Dash.

The guide includes a cheat sheet with all the key commands you could possibly need for navigating the Unity desktop.

There are tutorials showing how to use LibreOffice, how to import and play music and how to use the Ubuntu One service.

If you are new to Ubuntu then you really are getting a bargain at the Amazon Countdown Deal price.

My beginners guide to Ubuntu - now on special promotion

Introduction

In January I released From Windows To Ubuntu which is a beginners guide to Ubuntu for people coming from the Windows operating system.

For those of you who were tempted but not quite sure about whether to buy the book I have now set up an Amazon countdown deal which means for the next 48 hours you can get the book for less than a bag of chips.


The book covers everything from buying a computer pre-installed with Ubuntu to downloading and installing it yourself. (Including how to dual boot with Windows).

Beyond the installation there is a full guide of the Unity desktop including a detailed description of the launcher and the Dash.

The guide includes a cheat sheet with all the key commands you could possibly need for navigating the Unity desktop.

There are tutorials showing how to use LibreOffice, how to import and play music and how to use the Ubuntu One service.

If you are new to Ubuntu then you really are getting a bargain at the Amazon Countdown Deal price.

Posted at 08:51 |  by Gary Newell

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Introduction

I have recently signed up to be a member of Amazon Prime and this means I can pick and choose from a huge range of titles which are instantly transferred to my Kindle.

The Amazon Prime service costs £49 a year and is a bargain. (Just over £4 a month).
A lot of the titles within the lending library are from up and coming authors and self-published authors.

Over the next few months I will be adding a new feature to Everyday Linux User where I will pick a technical book at random, read it and review it.

Today I am reviewing “The Big Book Of Raspberry PI” by Miss Alison Watson.

The Review

The main difference I find between published and self-published work is the choice of content within the book. A published author will have had their work scrutinised by the publishing house and they will have been told what to include and what to leave out.

Self-published authors tend not to have that advantage and will often throw in the proverbial kitchen sink. The “Big Book Of Raspberry PI” falls into this category.

There are a number of chapters which explains what the Raspberry PI is, how to download operating systems, how to set up the SD card and how to set up the Raspberry PI. These are very useful chapters and written well. You can of course get the same information about the Raspberry PI on this site.

The book gives a basic run down of everything you need to do to install Raspbian (although it is called Debian in the book). The subject is covered fairly well and if you are new to the Raspberry PI this is useful information.

Having set up the Raspberry PI there are various other important set up options covered including connecting to the internet and how to use the Raspberry PI configuration utility.

So now you have the Raspberry PI up and running the book then shows you how to set up Apache, PHP and MySQL and also shows how toinstall Wordpress. This is a nice little project if you wish to go down this route.

The book then jumps suddenly back to the beginning and begins explaining how to install Fedora onto the Raspberry PI. There is then a guide showing how to install the LAMP stack on Fedora.

The “big book of Raspberry PI” has basically shown you how to install 2 different operating systems on the Raspberry PI and how to turn them into web servers.

The next chapter shows you how to install RiscOS on the Raspberry PI and once that chapter is complete you are shown how to install RaspBMC.

The RaspBMC chapter is actually very useful and includes information about setting up Spotify and how to connect to RaspBMC from other devices.

At this point a lot of information has been covered in the “Big Book Of Raspberry PI” but the best is definitely saved until last.

There is a fairly comprehensive guide to Python and a step by step tutorial showing how to create games using PyGame. The book goes into a good level of detail with screenshots and code and covers the whole process very well. The majority of the book is actually a tutorial about Python and PyGame.

Summary

Most of the information in the book can be obtained by searching the internet and many of the sections are covered on this website.

The “Big Book Of Raspberry PI” is available in paperback and as a Kindle eBook. 
If you are new to the Raspberry PI then the book will come in very handy and it is reasonably priced.

In the UK the paperback costs £5.83 and the Kindle eBook £2.99. In the US the book costs $10.18 in paperback and $4.98 as a Kindle eBook.

Click Here To Buy "The BIG book of Raspberry Pi"

 

The Big Book Of Raspberry PI

Introduction

I have recently signed up to be a member of Amazon Prime and this means I can pick and choose from a huge range of titles which are instantly transferred to my Kindle.

The Amazon Prime service costs £49 a year and is a bargain. (Just over £4 a month).
A lot of the titles within the lending library are from up and coming authors and self-published authors.

Over the next few months I will be adding a new feature to Everyday Linux User where I will pick a technical book at random, read it and review it.

Today I am reviewing “The Big Book Of Raspberry PI” by Miss Alison Watson.

The Review

The main difference I find between published and self-published work is the choice of content within the book. A published author will have had their work scrutinised by the publishing house and they will have been told what to include and what to leave out.

Self-published authors tend not to have that advantage and will often throw in the proverbial kitchen sink. The “Big Book Of Raspberry PI” falls into this category.

There are a number of chapters which explains what the Raspberry PI is, how to download operating systems, how to set up the SD card and how to set up the Raspberry PI. These are very useful chapters and written well. You can of course get the same information about the Raspberry PI on this site.

The book gives a basic run down of everything you need to do to install Raspbian (although it is called Debian in the book). The subject is covered fairly well and if you are new to the Raspberry PI this is useful information.

Having set up the Raspberry PI there are various other important set up options covered including connecting to the internet and how to use the Raspberry PI configuration utility.

So now you have the Raspberry PI up and running the book then shows you how to set up Apache, PHP and MySQL and also shows how toinstall Wordpress. This is a nice little project if you wish to go down this route.

The book then jumps suddenly back to the beginning and begins explaining how to install Fedora onto the Raspberry PI. There is then a guide showing how to install the LAMP stack on Fedora.

The “big book of Raspberry PI” has basically shown you how to install 2 different operating systems on the Raspberry PI and how to turn them into web servers.

The next chapter shows you how to install RiscOS on the Raspberry PI and once that chapter is complete you are shown how to install RaspBMC.

The RaspBMC chapter is actually very useful and includes information about setting up Spotify and how to connect to RaspBMC from other devices.

At this point a lot of information has been covered in the “Big Book Of Raspberry PI” but the best is definitely saved until last.

There is a fairly comprehensive guide to Python and a step by step tutorial showing how to create games using PyGame. The book goes into a good level of detail with screenshots and code and covers the whole process very well. The majority of the book is actually a tutorial about Python and PyGame.

Summary

Most of the information in the book can be obtained by searching the internet and many of the sections are covered on this website.

The “Big Book Of Raspberry PI” is available in paperback and as a Kindle eBook. 
If you are new to the Raspberry PI then the book will come in very handy and it is reasonably priced.

In the UK the paperback costs £5.83 and the Kindle eBook £2.99. In the US the book costs $10.18 in paperback and $4.98 as a Kindle eBook.

Click Here To Buy "The BIG book of Raspberry Pi"

 

Posted at 13:32 |  by Gary Newell

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Introduction


In the past couple of years I have written a number of tutorials showing how to do various things with Ubuntu Linux.

The take up on these articles is usually very high but in order for people to find the articles they are either searching Google and clicking through or they are running searches through the search bar in the top right corner of this page.

I try and add related links to the end of each article and I even started a new Ubuntu based blog to have a place to write Ubuntu only articles. I have fallen behind on that site and I haven't written an article there for a while.

To make it easier for everyone who wants to read my Ubuntu based articles and tutorials I have formatted them, rewritten them and added extra content which has resulted in the eBook "From Windows To Ubuntu".

The book isn't massive like a SAMS guide so it isn't going to take you forever to read it but there is certainly a lot of content.

If you want to know how to buy a computer with Ubuntu already installed or you want to try Ubuntu out first without messing up your Windows installation, "From Windows To Ubuntu" includes sections for buying laptops, installing to DVD (with or without persistence), installing to USB, using Virtual Box and dual booting with Windows (including Windows 8 and EFI).

For those of you who have never used Ubuntu before there is a complete tour and guides about the launcher and the Dash as well as a formatted set of keyboard shortcuts.

The guide shows how to connect to the internet, how to install Flash, how to set up printers, how to set up email and how to install applications.

If you want to know how to convert CDs to MP3 and then listen to them in the audio player (Rhythmbox) then you will find chapters showing just how to do that and how to copy the files to your MP3 player.

For those of you who need a replacement for Microsoft Office there is a full overview on the features of LibreOffice including how to use wizards and templates, mail merge and how to create presentations.

The eBook is very competitively priced and is also available to borrow from Amazon in Kindle format. 

Click here to buy the eBook "From Windows To Ubuntu"

From Windows To Ubuntu

Introduction


In the past couple of years I have written a number of tutorials showing how to do various things with Ubuntu Linux.

The take up on these articles is usually very high but in order for people to find the articles they are either searching Google and clicking through or they are running searches through the search bar in the top right corner of this page.

I try and add related links to the end of each article and I even started a new Ubuntu based blog to have a place to write Ubuntu only articles. I have fallen behind on that site and I haven't written an article there for a while.

To make it easier for everyone who wants to read my Ubuntu based articles and tutorials I have formatted them, rewritten them and added extra content which has resulted in the eBook "From Windows To Ubuntu".

The book isn't massive like a SAMS guide so it isn't going to take you forever to read it but there is certainly a lot of content.

If you want to know how to buy a computer with Ubuntu already installed or you want to try Ubuntu out first without messing up your Windows installation, "From Windows To Ubuntu" includes sections for buying laptops, installing to DVD (with or without persistence), installing to USB, using Virtual Box and dual booting with Windows (including Windows 8 and EFI).

For those of you who have never used Ubuntu before there is a complete tour and guides about the launcher and the Dash as well as a formatted set of keyboard shortcuts.

The guide shows how to connect to the internet, how to install Flash, how to set up printers, how to set up email and how to install applications.

If you want to know how to convert CDs to MP3 and then listen to them in the audio player (Rhythmbox) then you will find chapters showing just how to do that and how to copy the files to your MP3 player.

For those of you who need a replacement for Microsoft Office there is a full overview on the features of LibreOffice including how to use wizards and templates, mail merge and how to create presentations.

The eBook is very competitively priced and is also available to borrow from Amazon in Kindle format. 

Click here to buy the eBook "From Windows To Ubuntu"

Posted at 09:42 |  by Gary Newell

Friday, 8 November 2013

Win a free copy of the book "Instant Ubuntu"

Hello everyone, as promised earlier in the week I am pleased to announce the first ever contest on Everyday Linux User.

I have teamed up with Packt Publishing to organise a giveaway of "Instant Ubuntu".

Three people have the chance to win a digital copy of the book.

Keep reading to find out how to enter.

Overview of "Instant Ubuntu"






You can read my review of "Instant Ubuntu" here.

An overview of the contents include sections on

  • Downloading the free Ubuntu ISO
  • Connect with friends and family using popular social media platforms, email and chat
  • Use the Ubuntu Software Centre to install new applications
  • Explore the included media applications and play music and watch videos
  • Setup automatic backups stored securely in the Ubuntu One cloud
  • Be productive at work and school with the LibreOffice productivity suite
  • Install up-to-date drivers to support cutting edge video and network hardware
  • Join a worldwide community of open source enthusiasts

How to enter

All you need to do to enter is head on over to the book page at Packt Publishing and look through the product description of the book.

Drop a line via the comments below this post to let us know what interests you most about this book. It is that simple.

You can also enter the competition by sending me an email via the contact email icon at the top of the blog.

There are 3 copies of the book up for grabs and the winner will be decided by me. Get creative with your comments and emails as the ones that I like the best will win.

The competition will last for 2 weeks and the closing date is Friday 22nd November at 22:00 GMT. (I will give you a reminder nearer the time).

Winners will be contacted by email (so if you are using the comments to enter then it is essential that you use a real email address).

All I can say is that you've got to be in it to win it.

Good luck.


Win a copy of "Instant Ubuntu"

Win a free copy of the book "Instant Ubuntu"

Hello everyone, as promised earlier in the week I am pleased to announce the first ever contest on Everyday Linux User.

I have teamed up with Packt Publishing to organise a giveaway of "Instant Ubuntu".

Three people have the chance to win a digital copy of the book.

Keep reading to find out how to enter.

Overview of "Instant Ubuntu"






You can read my review of "Instant Ubuntu" here.

An overview of the contents include sections on

  • Downloading the free Ubuntu ISO
  • Connect with friends and family using popular social media platforms, email and chat
  • Use the Ubuntu Software Centre to install new applications
  • Explore the included media applications and play music and watch videos
  • Setup automatic backups stored securely in the Ubuntu One cloud
  • Be productive at work and school with the LibreOffice productivity suite
  • Install up-to-date drivers to support cutting edge video and network hardware
  • Join a worldwide community of open source enthusiasts

How to enter

All you need to do to enter is head on over to the book page at Packt Publishing and look through the product description of the book.

Drop a line via the comments below this post to let us know what interests you most about this book. It is that simple.

You can also enter the competition by sending me an email via the contact email icon at the top of the blog.

There are 3 copies of the book up for grabs and the winner will be decided by me. Get creative with your comments and emails as the ones that I like the best will win.

The competition will last for 2 weeks and the closing date is Friday 22nd November at 22:00 GMT. (I will give you a reminder nearer the time).

Winners will be contacted by email (so if you are using the comments to enter then it is essential that you use a real email address).

All I can say is that you've got to be in it to win it.

Good luck.


Posted at 22:27 |  by Gary Newell

Monday, 4 November 2013

Introduction


I was recently approached by Packt Publishing with regards to writing a book review for the eBook "Instant Ubuntu".
 
I try to write articles for the readers on this site that I hope they will find useful and so I agreed to write the review on the basis that if it is a great book then I can share that knowledge and if it isn't then I can also share that knowledge.
 
Of course what one person thinks is great another thinks is not so good and it is purely subjective.
 
Therefore my review highlights the format of the book and the approach the author has taken. It looks at the good things in the book and some of the things that have been omitted.
 

Instant Ubuntu

 

Instant Ubuntu is 54 pages long and costs £5.94. You can buy it directly from the Packt Publishing Website.

The book has three main sections:

The first section deals with the installation of Ubuntu, the second looks at the launch bar and the applications contained within in.

Finally the third part looks at the applications that are installed by default within Ubuntu.





Installation

The installation section gives a step by step guide showing how to install Ubuntu. This section is actually pretty decent and highlights all the steps that a new user would go through for installing Ubuntu.
 
I think the guide falls short in certain areas and this is common amongst how-to guides. For example when the guide gets to the part of the installer where you can choose whether to install Ubuntu side by side with another operating system or install it on its own, the guide simply states that you can do these two things.
 
It would have been nice if the guide showed exactly how to install side by side as well as installing Ubuntu on it's own.
 
The whole partitioning section was skirted over and for a new user this is one of the key areas where they are likely to come unstuck.
 
The guide does mention that you should back up your current operating system and important files but again it would have been nice to have a brief guide on how to do that or at least links to resources showing how to do that.

Quick Start - Desktop Tour

To perform the desktop tour the author works his way down the icons on the Unity Launcher.
 
There is a very brief introduction to the Unity Dash which I think could have gone a lot further. There are also sections describing the home folders, Firefox, LibreOffice and the Ubuntu Software Centre.
 
All the items within the desktop tour are just brief one or two paragraph descriptions covering each item in the list.
 
As well as covering the launcher the guide also has a look at the top panel and the network manager.

Top 10 features you need to know about

When you open the dash in Unity there are a list of categories that the programs are stored under.
 
The categories are Accessibility, Accessories, Customisation, Games, Graphics, Internet, Media, Office and System.
 
The author writes a short piece about all of the applications in each category describing the main programs that fall into them.
 
8 of the 10 items you need to know about are therefore the 8 categories listed above.
 
The other 2 items are "Software Sources" and "A few extras".
 
The section on software sources tells you all about the update manager and where you can download software from.
 
"A few extras" deals with the installation of the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package which gives you access to Flash and proprietary codecs not installed with the base system.
 

Verdict

The guide is 54 pages long and is broken down as follows:
 
  • 1 cover page
  • A page that says "Instant Ubuntu by Christian Edwards"
  • A page about Packt Publishing
  • Credits
  • About the author
  • About the reviewer
  • Another page about Packt Publishing
  • A third page about Packt Publishing
  • A blank page
  • 2 pages which contain the table of contents
  • A brief introduction to "Instant Ubuntu"
  • Another blank page
  • 1 page describing what Ubuntu is
  • 38 pages of actual content
  • 3 pages describing other books by Packt Publishing.
So really all in all there are only 38 pages in this eBook about Ubuntu itself.
 
The installation guide is succinct but doesn't cover the trickier areas of installing an operating system such as backing up your old system, partitioning the hard drive etc.
 
The desktop tour skirts around the dashboard without really covering it in detail but it does give a nice overview of the items within the launcher as well as the network manager. There is no mention of the HUD at all or scopes.
 
The 10 features you should know really just covers that applications that are installed by default in Ubuntu and a little bit about updates and the restricted extras package.
 
The guide misses out features on privacy settings, the heads up display, how to connect to the internet, keyboard shortcuts and other key features.
 
I think the £5.94 price point is a little too high for this book and much of the information contained within can be obtained from the Ubuntu website or some of the Ubuntu blogs already on the internet.
 
Thankyou for reading.

 

 

 





 

 
 
 

A review of "Instant Ubuntu"

Introduction


I was recently approached by Packt Publishing with regards to writing a book review for the eBook "Instant Ubuntu".
 
I try to write articles for the readers on this site that I hope they will find useful and so I agreed to write the review on the basis that if it is a great book then I can share that knowledge and if it isn't then I can also share that knowledge.
 
Of course what one person thinks is great another thinks is not so good and it is purely subjective.
 
Therefore my review highlights the format of the book and the approach the author has taken. It looks at the good things in the book and some of the things that have been omitted.
 

Instant Ubuntu

 

Instant Ubuntu is 54 pages long and costs £5.94. You can buy it directly from the Packt Publishing Website.

The book has three main sections:

The first section deals with the installation of Ubuntu, the second looks at the launch bar and the applications contained within in.

Finally the third part looks at the applications that are installed by default within Ubuntu.





Installation

The installation section gives a step by step guide showing how to install Ubuntu. This section is actually pretty decent and highlights all the steps that a new user would go through for installing Ubuntu.
 
I think the guide falls short in certain areas and this is common amongst how-to guides. For example when the guide gets to the part of the installer where you can choose whether to install Ubuntu side by side with another operating system or install it on its own, the guide simply states that you can do these two things.
 
It would have been nice if the guide showed exactly how to install side by side as well as installing Ubuntu on it's own.
 
The whole partitioning section was skirted over and for a new user this is one of the key areas where they are likely to come unstuck.
 
The guide does mention that you should back up your current operating system and important files but again it would have been nice to have a brief guide on how to do that or at least links to resources showing how to do that.

Quick Start - Desktop Tour

To perform the desktop tour the author works his way down the icons on the Unity Launcher.
 
There is a very brief introduction to the Unity Dash which I think could have gone a lot further. There are also sections describing the home folders, Firefox, LibreOffice and the Ubuntu Software Centre.
 
All the items within the desktop tour are just brief one or two paragraph descriptions covering each item in the list.
 
As well as covering the launcher the guide also has a look at the top panel and the network manager.

Top 10 features you need to know about

When you open the dash in Unity there are a list of categories that the programs are stored under.
 
The categories are Accessibility, Accessories, Customisation, Games, Graphics, Internet, Media, Office and System.
 
The author writes a short piece about all of the applications in each category describing the main programs that fall into them.
 
8 of the 10 items you need to know about are therefore the 8 categories listed above.
 
The other 2 items are "Software Sources" and "A few extras".
 
The section on software sources tells you all about the update manager and where you can download software from.
 
"A few extras" deals with the installation of the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package which gives you access to Flash and proprietary codecs not installed with the base system.
 

Verdict

The guide is 54 pages long and is broken down as follows:
 
  • 1 cover page
  • A page that says "Instant Ubuntu by Christian Edwards"
  • A page about Packt Publishing
  • Credits
  • About the author
  • About the reviewer
  • Another page about Packt Publishing
  • A third page about Packt Publishing
  • A blank page
  • 2 pages which contain the table of contents
  • A brief introduction to "Instant Ubuntu"
  • Another blank page
  • 1 page describing what Ubuntu is
  • 38 pages of actual content
  • 3 pages describing other books by Packt Publishing.
So really all in all there are only 38 pages in this eBook about Ubuntu itself.
 
The installation guide is succinct but doesn't cover the trickier areas of installing an operating system such as backing up your old system, partitioning the hard drive etc.
 
The desktop tour skirts around the dashboard without really covering it in detail but it does give a nice overview of the items within the launcher as well as the network manager. There is no mention of the HUD at all or scopes.
 
The 10 features you should know really just covers that applications that are installed by default in Ubuntu and a little bit about updates and the restricted extras package.
 
The guide misses out features on privacy settings, the heads up display, how to connect to the internet, keyboard shortcuts and other key features.
 
I think the £5.94 price point is a little too high for this book and much of the information contained within can be obtained from the Ubuntu website or some of the Ubuntu blogs already on the internet.
 
Thankyou for reading.

 

 

 





 

 
 
 

Posted at 20:00 |  by Gary Newell

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