Now that I see I am not the only one who can just spell Ubuntu, can someone
suggest some reading material that would give me an adequate foundation to
begin learning ?
I have loaded Ubuntu 9.10 and can get around the gui, but I know that is
just the tip. Feed me Seymour !!

Thanks in advance,


Re: learning

By J at 02/16/2010 - 12:13

Meh... online stuff ;-)

There are some great websites and forums and lists (like this one)
that can get you going. However, if you're a bit old-school, as I am,
you also prefer that warm feeling and heft of a good book ;-)

Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, Third Edition
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Ubuntu: Up and Running
A Power User's Desktop Guide (Est. release date, April 2010)
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Now, caveat this by saying I have not read these, however, I have a
long love-affair with O'Reilly books when it comes to technical books.
For me, they've always seemed very well written and make for great
reference material.



Re: learning

By Robert Holtzman at 02/16/2010 - 13:11


Welcome, brother.

A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux by Mark G. Sobell is the best one I have
run across.

Re: learning

By Steve Cook at 02/16/2010 - 14:36

There is also the Ubuntu Desktop Course
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Re: learning

By Knapp at 02/16/2010 - 14:50

Don't forget rutebook
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Re: learning

By Steve Cook at 02/16/2010 - 14:57

Good call, always forget that one. Well worth working through.

Re: learning

By Tero Pesonen at 02/16/2010 - 12:04

When I started with Linux, the official boxes you ordered directly from
Germany used to come with 10 CD's and two or three manuals, each a few
hundred pages worth of reading. That was with SuSE Linux Professional,
and that's how I learnt how Linux works, and how to administer my box
(quite a computer-culture shock after Windows 98.)

Does Ubuntu publish any official, printed material?

There seems to be
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but I haven't read it.

The most useful aspect of those old SuSE manuals was that they taught
how to use the console. I suggest you learn it at some point. It is the
most productive tool you have access to.

Tero Pesonen

Re: learning

By Karl F. Larsen at 02/16/2010 - 14:46

Tero Pesonen wrote, On 02/16/2010 10:04 AM:

Hi, you can get from Ubuntu "GNU-Linux-Tools-Summary.pdf, and
intro-linux.pdf, and sag.pdf , and user-beta-1.pdf.gz.

The easy way to find these .pdf files is put the name of the
pdf in Google. I of course have all three and they are easy

73 Karl

Re: learning

By bqz69 at 02/16/2010 - 11:38

I started with a heavy book called "Practical Linux" :-)

Since then I have created a small website called <a href="" title=""></a> which
is supposed to help newbies.

However the development of linux goes so fast, that I almost has given up

Hope this might give you a clue, and that others will supplement

Here follows some links which I have been using a lot - Ubuntu is a
variant of Debian, but ubuntu is supposed to be easier to use and has a
greater help forum, but both are under heavy development:

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Re: learning

By Colin Law at 02/16/2010 - 11:37

This should get you started - <a href="" title=""></a>

It is a little out of date, some of the GUI has changed a bit but the
fundamentals are good.