Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customizations (ExtremeTech)

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Ubuntu, an African word meaning “humanity to others,” is the hottest thing in Linux today. This down-and-dirty book shows you how they can blow away the default system settings and get Ubuntu to behave however you want. You’ll learn how to optimize its appearance, speed, usability, and security and get the low-down on hundreds of hacks such as running Ubuntu from a USB drive, installing it on a Mac, enabling multiple CPUs, and putting scripts in menus and panels.

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"I'm Ubuntu. Want to be friends?"

You've just gotta love Ubuntu; it's an irresistible package of usability, security, and support features. But a power user like you is just itching to teach it some new tricks. Show it how to play nicely with other systems. Develop its multitasking and communication skills. Free its inner video nd graphics talents. And make sure that when it ventures into the wild and wooly world of wireless, it keeps its doors locked.

Here's how to do all that and more.

Things you can do with Ubuntu

Step-by-step directions for all this and lots of other fun stuff

  • Create an awesome interface
  • Fine-tune Firefox®

  • Expand your desktop across monitors or other computers

  • Add VoIP and instant messaging

  • Discover the joys of emulators

  • Focus on cameras and scanners

  • Customize application windows

  • Configure wireless networks

  • Boost boot-up efficiency

  • Tune kernel parameters

About the Author:

Neal Krawetz, PhD, has been active in the security community for more than 15 years. He is skilled in computer forensics, profiling, cryptography and cryptanalysis, artificial intelligence, and software solutions, and often assists law enforcement. Neal enjoys a novel hobby—he collects operating systems. He's currently running RedHat, Ubuntu, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Solaris, and HP-UX, among others.

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