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Old 10-23-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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ubuntu 8.04 - best book/manual/guide - recommendations please

after years of using windows i'm finding ubuntu a bit counter-intuitive - i'm looking for a guide or manual that is written for people who want to get involved with the linux thing [especially ubuntu] but have no idea how it works - thanx
Old 10-23-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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I can recommend this's well written for those making the transition from Windows to Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Kung Fu: Tips, Tricks, Hints, and Hacks
by Keir Thomas
Old 10-23-2009, 10:31 AM   #3
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It works pretty much like Windows. There's a program launcher (start menu). You click on that. You click on the submenu you want. And then you click on the program you want. The program will start. Making a comprehensive manual or guide for a Linux distribution would be next to impossible. There is a lot of documentation in /usr/share/doc. Also, Ubuntu is disguised Debian. What works for Debian works for Ubuntu. I only say this because there is a lot more Debian documentation than there is documentation specifically for Ubuntu. You can also the man program.

man <command> will bring up the manual page for <command>
Old 10-23-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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There's a massive tome you can buy, called, I think, 'Ultimate Ubuntu', which looked pretty comprehensive. Ubuntu actually has pretty good online documentation, just google your question and add ubuntu to the end and you usually get a useful page.
Old 10-24-2009, 09:16 AM   #5
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looks good to me.
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Ubuntu Forums - Absolute Beginner Talk -

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1) Download the Linux Starter Pack -
2) Look at the UNOFFICIAL Ubuntu Guide -
3) Look at Psychocats -
4) Download the Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference -


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