52 Books a Year: #1 - Ubuntu Hacks

Posted by Brian Sat, 20 Jun 2009 03:30:00 GMT

Ubuntu Hacks
By Kyle Rankin, Jonathan Oxer, Bill Childers

Ubuntu has an aggressive release schedule of every six months. This makes publishing up-to-date books very difficult for publishers, as Ubuntu Hacks shows. Even though it was released in June 2006 it is already very out of date, covering 6.06 (Dapper Drake), while the current release is 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope). A lot has changed in the Ubuntu since then, but with those considerations in mind Ubuntu Hacks is at least worth a flip through the TOC.

As with the other books in the O’Reilly Hacks Series, Ubuntu Hacks is not designed to be read cover-to-cover. Instead it walks you through accomplishing specific tasks, such as dual-booting Ubuntu and Windows or ripping DVDs. While these tasks are now dated in the details, they still provide a nice starting point and can give you fresh ideas on things to try. For example, it had never even occurred to me to create my own Ubuntu package, but I was able to see how straight forward the process is.

Overall, the book could badly use another edition, but it is still worth flipping through at the bookstore or library to see if anything jumps out at you. With the breadth of subjects covered the chances are good that there are at least of couple hacks that will rouse your interest.

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