Ubuntu Book by O'Reilly?

Tony tony.kruse at gmail.com
Thu May 12 20:52:26 UTC 2005

I would tend to agree with the "out of date" concern mentioned.  Quick
publications such as magazine articles or web articles might have more
effect for Ubuntu.

Take for example FunWithFink.com.  I was really hoping this would be
in print long ago.  I think it would be very helpful to introduce the
Mac community to open source software.  However, it seemed like it was
always out of date with the state of the Fink software, and it never
went to print that I know of.

Perhaps a well prepared book on debian in general and section(s)
describing the advantages of Ubuntu (Kubuntu or others)?

I would think a book spelling out the major differences and advantages
of the various versions of Linux would be more of an advantage.  Why
APT over RPM for example.

Perhaps a book on Gnome (or KDE) itself might be beneficial to the newbie?

Just some thoughts.


On 5/12/05, Michael Beattie <mtbeedee at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ubuntu is really just a customization on top of Debian... if you dont
> think a Debian book would do well, then I dont know why an Ubuntu one
> would.  Additionally, with the relatively quick release cycle, it
> would be out of date rather quickly.
> Anyone is free to disagree though.
> On 5/12/05, Tom Adelstein <adelste at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > In the event you don't know, I write books and articles for O'Reilly and
> > Associates. They've supported open source longer than any one. They
> > publish the books that have the animals on them which you have probably
> > seen:  http://nutshells.oreilly.com/
> >
> > O'Reilly & Associates has an interest in releasing a book for Ubuntu
> > users. While all Linux books sales have increased significantly in 2005,
> > books on specific distributions like Fedora, Debian and JDS typically
> > lag behind the market.
> >
> > I argued that the Ubuntu project is not typical of other Linux
> > distributions and a market exists for an Ubuntu book.
> >
> > Without flaming this post, please, what do you think? Would an O'Reilly
> > Book on Ubuntu have a following?
> >
> > What kind of book would would people want? a newbie book, a book for
> > experienced Linux users or somewhere in between?
> >
> > I will let the editor know if this post gets any responses and from
> > that, he can make a decision.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Tom
> >
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