- title Community Documentation
Welcome to the community documentation for Ubuntu - created by users just like you!
- 1 Official Documentation
- 2 Finding your way in Ubuntu
- 3 Getting Started with Ubuntu
- 4 Installation
- 5 Getting to know and work with your system
- 6 Customizing and Maintaining Ubuntu
- 7 See also
Official Ubuntu Documentation Click the link above to view the official Ubuntu documentation.
- Release Notes - Information on new features and help specific to each Ubuntu release.
- Manual Pages - Full archive of man pages for all of the commands and programs available in Ubuntu.
NOTE: Documentation in other languages is also available.
Finding your way in Ubuntu
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Getting Started with Ubuntu
If you are new to Linux or Ubuntu, some of the terms that are used throughout these documents might seem like a foreign language to you. But don't worry because we have you covered. You can learn commonly used terms from our Glossary. To learn about Ubuntu, like anything else you want to learn about, you must know and understand the terminology.
Switching From Another Operating System
Are you thinking about switching to Ubuntu, or have you already made the switch? Then the following articles are essential reading material for you:
The Terminal is Your Friend
Perhaps the most powerful tool in Linux is your Terminal Program. Before you jump in, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the command line--your invaluable asset in Linux.
Still have questions? You are not alone. Stop by the most common questions that new Ubuntu users frequently ask.
- See Installation for both basic and advanced methods of installing Ubuntu, as well as information about supported hardware.
- Read the Upgrade Notes to find out how to upgrade your system from older versions of Ubuntu.
- For a video tutorial on the full installation process, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8a-smrPlvE&hd=1
Getting to know and work with your system
The main hardware support page can be found at: Ubuntu Hardware Support. Among the items covered include:
- Drives and Partitions - Adding storage, partitioning, accessing your Windows files, and more.
- Portable Gadgets - Syncing and transferring files from PDAs, audio players, mobile phones, and cameras.
- Input Devices - Setting up your keyboard, mouse, and other input devices.
- Laptops - Reports on using Ubuntu on a portable computer.
- Network, wireless, and internet devices - Setting up networking and internet devices.
- Printers - Setting up and using your printer.
- Sound - Setting up and using sound cards, speakers, and musical instruments.
- Thin Clients - Setting up and using thin clients.
- Video - Setting up your graphics card and external hardware such as video cameras.
See Applications for listings of software available for Ubuntu, including recommended software and equivalents to commonly-used Windows programs.
Customizing and Maintaining Ubuntu
- Accessibility - Making Ubuntu easier to use for those with physical or visual challenges.
- Business Environment - Configuring Ubuntu for use in business environments.
- Troubleshooting guides - Solving troubles with configurations and software.
- Eye Candy - Making your computer look and work cooler.
- Servers - Setting up web servers, file servers, and more.
- Security - Keeping your computer safe.
- System Administration - Maintaining your computer.