The Ubuntu distribution simplifies Linux by providing a sensible collection of applications, an easy-to-use package manager, and lots of fine-tuning, which make it possibly the best Linux for desktops and laptops. Readers of both Linux Journal and TUX Magazine confirmed this by voting Ubuntu as the best Linux distribution in each publication’s 2005 Readers Choice Awards. None of that simplification, however, makes Ubuntu any less fun if you’re a hacker or a power user.
Like all books in the Hacks series, Ubuntu Hacks includes 100 quick tips and tricks for all users of all technical levels. Beginners will appreciate the installation advice and tips on getting the most out of the free applications packaged with Ubuntu, while intermediate and advanced readers will learn the ins-and-outs of power management, wireless roaming, 3D video acceleration, server configuration, and much more.
I contributed 10 of the 100 hacks in this book, including information on the following topics:
- Encrypt Your Email and Important Files
- Surf the Web Anonymously
- Keep Windows Malware off Your System
- Mount Removable Devices with Persistent Names
- Mount Remote Directories Securely and Easily
- Make Videos of Your Tech-Support Questions
I’ve been using K/Ubuntu for over a year (heck, it’s only two years old!), and it’s the best distro I’ve ever used. I was really excited to contribute my 10 hacks to Ubuntu Hacks, as this is defintely a book any advanced Linux user would love.