Ubuntu Kung Fu: Over 300 Tips, Tricks, Hints and Hacks

Now in Beta

Ubuntu Kung Fu provides hints, hacks, tweaks and tricks for every level of user.Ubuntu Kung Fu is written to be entertaining and, above all, readable. Its 300+ concise tips utilize and exploit hidden or lesser-known features to boost day-to-day productivity.

New screencast episodes

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New episodes of Expression Engine and Core Animation are now available.

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News from the Pragmatic Programmers


Three new things this week: Ubuntu Kung Fu is now available in beta, Brian Marick talks about Ruby Cocoa, Lisp, Smalltalk and more on this week’s podcast, and we’ve got still more screencast episodes. Also, for those of you having trouble reading this email, this newsletter is available online at:


Ubuntu Kung Fu

Ubuntu’s rise to power has been rapid, historic and well-deserved. It’s the best Linux distribution ever, but most people only use a fraction of its power.

Award-winning Linux author Keir Thomas gets down and dirty with Ubuntu to provide over 300 concise tips that enhance productivity, avoid annoyances, and simply get the most from Ubuntu. You’ll find many unique tips here that can’t be found anywhere else. You’ll also get a crash course in Ubuntu’s flavor of system administration. Whether you’re new to Linux or an old hand, you’ll find tips to make your day easier.

These concise tips utilize and exploit hidden or lesser-known features to boost day-to-day productivity. You’ll also find tips on tweaking Ubuntu, wrangling the system into shape, optimizing, enhancing security, and lots more. Learn what extraordinary things can be done with Ubuntu.

Written with the migrating Windows or Mac OS X user in mind, Ubuntu Kung Fu avoids the usual Linux/Unix folklore that can send most of us to sleep. The tips have one aim—to produce results as quickly as possible, in an environment where the reader can polish their skills as they read.

This is the Linux book for the rest of us.

New Podcast

Brian Marick talks to Daniel Steinberg on a wide variety of topics, including Lisp, Smalltalk and Ruby, his new book on Ruby Cocoa: marrying Ruby with the uber-cool Mac OS X Cocoa GUI framework, and how he first met Andy and Dave.

Available from pragprog.com/podcasts and on iTunes.

New Screencast Episodes

This week’s fresh screencasts are:

Expression Engine:

  • Episode 9: Creating Relationships Between Entries

Core Animation:

  • Episode 5: Integrating with iPhoto

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Thanks for your continued support,

Andy Hunt & Dave Thomas