Ubuntu on a Dime

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  • Copyright: 2009-06-08
  • Publisher: Apress
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You know that Ubuntu software costs nothing. Now you want the PC system that costs as little as possible and runs Ubuntu and OS applications without complaints and calls to tech support. So you spend your hard-earned dollars on the hardware only and have your own optimized Ubuntu PC. This is the book that will show you how to get what you need without wreaking havoc on your finances. Put together the parts to make a great work computer for little cost. Packed with the practical, hands - on guidance and technical know-how that you've come to expect from Apress, Ubuntu on a Dime takes you on a tour of the very best, but low-cost hardware, while only using zero-cost software in each of the many categories that matter to the typical PC user.

Author Biography

James Floyd Kelly is a freelance writer living in Atlanta, Georgia, with degrees in both English and Industrial Engineering, because he couldn't make his mind up between majoring in liberal arts or math and science. He is also the author of the Apress title, Don't Spend a Dime.

Table of Contents

About the Authorp. xiii
About the Technical Reviewerp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
The Hardwarep. 1
Basic Componentsp. 2
Casep. 3
Memory and Hard Drivep. 3
CD/DVD Drivep. 3
Buying the Necessitiesp. 4
Putting It All Togetherp. 7
Taking an Inventory of the Componentsp. 7
Installing the Processor and Cooling Fanp. 8
Installing RAM Memoryp. 12
Opening the Computer Casep. 14
Installing the Motherboardp. 16
Installing the CD/DVD Drivep. 17
Installing the Hard Drivep. 19
Connecting the Cablesp. 20
Testing the U-PCp. 29
Closing the Computer Casep. 30
What's Next?p. 31
The Ubuntu Operating Systemp. 33
An Installation Overviewp. 33
Ubuntu Installationp. 34
Inserting the Ubuntu CD/DVD and Turning on the Computerp. 34
Selecting the Languagep. 35
Trying Ubuntu First Without Making Changes to the Computerp. 36
Testing Various Items: Sound, Video, Network Connectivityp. 38
Partitioning the Hard Drivep. 42
Installing Ubuntu Files on the Hard Drivep. 49
Logging Inp. 56
Taking a Tour of Ubuntup. 57
Troubleshootingp. 62
What's Next?p. 64
Free Software Definedp. 65
Application Typesp. 65
Pay-to-Use Softwarep. 66
Open Source Softwarep. 68
Cloud Computing Software* (always read the small print)p. 70
Freeware (or Everything Else)p. 73
What's the Answer?p. 74
What's Next?p. 75
E-mail Revolutionp. 77
Evolution Overviewp. 77
Configuring Evolutionp. 78
Using Evolution E-mailp. 88
Checking for E-mailp. 88
Sending E-mailp. 89
Using Evolution Calendar and Tasksp. 96
Using Evolution Contactsp. 102
Summarizing Evolutionp. 105
What's Next?p. 106
Word Processing with Writerp. 107
OpenOffice Versions for Ubuntup. 107
Welcome to Writerp. 109
Using Writerp. 112
Fixing Misspelled Wordsp. 113
Saving a Document in Different Formatsp. 115
Inserting a Picturep. 116
Printing Envelopesp. 118
Printing Labelsp. 121
Inserting Special Charactersp. 122
Preventing Changes to Textp. 124
Summarizing Writerp. 125
What's Next?p. 126
Spreadsheets with Calcp. 127
Updating OpenOffice Calcp. 127
Welcome to Calcp. 127
Using Calcp. 131
Inserting a New Column between Existing Columnsp. 132
Inserting a New Row Between Existing Rowsp. 134
Sorting Information by Columnp. 135
Using the Formula Wizardp. 137
Summarizing Calcp. 141
What's Next?p. 142
Presentations with Impressp. 143
Updating OpenOffice Impressp. 143
Welcome to Impressp. 144
Using Impressp. 148
Creating a Slideshow with a Themep. 149
Picking a Slide Layoutp. 152
Adding a New Slidep. 154
Inserting a Videop. 155
Creating Handoutsp. 156
Rehearsing and Timing a Presentationp. 157
Summarizing Impressp. 158
What's Next?p. 159
Photo Management with Picasap. 161
Getting Picasap. 161
Welcome to Picasap. 163
Using Picasap. 168
Removing Red-eyep. 169
Cropping a Photop. 171
Adding Tags for Faster Searchingp. 173
Fixing Lighting Problemsp. 174
Purchasing Photos Onlinep. 176
Summarizing Picasap. 177
What's Next?p. 178
Web Browsing with Firefoxp. 179
Welcome to Firefoxp. 179
Using Firefoxp. 182
Finding Add-onsp. 182
Configuring the Firefox Homepagep. 190
Deleting Web Browsing Historyp. 190
Changing the Search Enginep. 191
Changing the Viewp. 193
Summarizing Firefoxp. 194
Suggested Add-one for Firefoxp. 194
What's Next?p. 194
Google E-mail and Calendarp. 195
Welcome to Gmail and Google Calendarp. 195
Gmail and Calendar Featuresp. 204
Organizing E-mail Using Labelsp. 204
Organize E-mail with Filtersp. 207
Organizing Calendarsp. 209
Calendar Reminders Using Text Messagingp. 212
Summarizing Gmail and Calendarp. 214
What's Next?p. 214
Google Documentsp. 215
Welcome to Google Docsp. 215
Working with Google Docsp. 221
Collaborating with Google Docsp. 222
Publishing a Documentp. 227
Summarizing Google Documentsp. 229
What's Next?p. 230
More Apps to Considerp. 231
Additional Preinstalled Appsp. 231
Calculatorp. 231
Text Editorp. 232
Tomboy Notesp. 233
Brasero Disc Burningp. 235
Totem Movie Playerp. 237
Rhythmbox Music Playerp. 238
Ubuntu Application Resourcesp. 239
What's Next?p. 241
p. 243
Casep. 243
Motherboardp. 243
Processorp. 243
RAM Memoryp. 244
CD/DVD Drivep. 244
Hard Drivep. 244
p. 245
p. 245
p. 245
p. 245
Bibliographyp. 247
Web Sitesp. 247
Booksp. 248
Must-Have Appsp. 248
Indexp. 249
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