A Guide to Ubuntu

ubuntu logo Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more. Ubuntu's work is driven by a philosophy on software freedom that aims to spread and bring the benefits of software to all parts of the world.

"At the core of the Ubuntu Philosophy are these core philosophical ideals:

  1. Every computer user should have the freedom to download, run, copy, distribute, study, share, change and improve their software for any purpose, without paying licensing fees.
  2. Every computer user should be able to use their software in the language of their choice.
  3. Every computer user should be given every opportunity to use software, even if they work under a disability."

If you need to know more about Ubuntu, read this new pocket guide.

Written by Keir Thomas and published by MacFreda Publishing, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a concise guide for everyday Ubuntu use.

The Guide focuses on core competencies and background knowledge needed to be an expert Ubuntu user. It is readable, accessible, and easy to understand—even if you've never used Linux before.

The PDF version is available free of charge or if you prefer to read it in print, it is only $9.94 from Amazon.

The book covers the following topics for Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10:
  • Installing Ubuntu
  • Configuring Ubuntu
  • Getting to grips with the desktop
  • Users and the filesystem
  • Hands-on at the command-line
  • Software management
  • Securing the system

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