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I picked up Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Second Edition with a sense of familiarity; I also had the pleasure of reviewing the First Edition and found the experience to be a gentle and very complete introduction to Ubuntu.
It’s as though Keir Thomas wants to ensure that anyone starting out with GNU/Linux won’t feel like a worthless newb being thrown to the proverbial geeks, who will guffaw and point and weeze asthmatically and incomprehensibly. So, because I already know that I appreciate Keir Thomas’s abilities, I thought I should review the Second Edition with a slightly different goal. Would my mother, who is quite computer literate in the Windows department and is about to migrate to Ubuntu (yay!), be able to use this book sucessfully? And will her experience of Beginning Ubuntu Linux be a breeze?
Beginning Ubuntu Linux is a whopping great 684 pages; it’s no lightweight and if you do a lot of walking, you mightn’t want it along for company unless you’re Mary Poppins. But this really just means Keir Thomas has done a great and thourough job. I wouldn’t call any of the material in this book extraneous for this audience; when you are braving a whole new world in computing, more is more. I would even call the size of the book comforting for users.