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<pre>Author/s : Keir Thomas Publisher : Pragmatic Bookshelf Reviewed by : Andrew Monkhouse Rating : 7 horseshoes</pre>
Ubuntu Kung Fu is a book about Tips, Tricks and Hacks for someone who is new to Linux-based environment. It is a good reference to know how to get some things done faster than usual. The author provides a very good step by step approach to do the tricks.
The second chapter overviews the basics of the Ubuntu desktop, GUI, command line, installations etc. The third chapter directly gets started with the tips, tricks and hacks without spending much time in anything else. One can browse through the tips in the index page and move directly to that topic without reading the earlier parts and would do just fine. This is something I appreciate about the authors writing style and explanations. But someone already familiar with a Linux environment might not enjoy because most of it is very basic.
Assuming that most of the users of Linux are usually programmers it doesn't really cover a lot of tips or tricks for one who would use it in software developmental area. It covers almost 40% of tips in entertainment areas like web cam, digital cameras and the likes which I doubt if developers will ever use Ubuntu for. Except that, I think this is a good read and reference to know some fun tricks in Ubuntu.