- 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. Don't worry -- we have you covered. You can learn commonly-used terms from our Glossary. To learn about Ubuntu (like anything else), you must first 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 might be of interest to you:
The Terminal is Your Friend
Perhaps the most powerful tool in Linux is the command-line interface (CLI) (also known as the Terminal Program). Before you jump in, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the command-line interface.
Still have questions? 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 an example video tutorial on the full installation process of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) from Windows (using a LiveCD), watch this YouTube video.
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:
- Laptops - Reports on using Ubuntu on a portable computer.
- Drives and Partitions - Adding storage, partitioning, accessing your Windows files, and more.
- Input Devices - Setting up your keyboard, mouse, and other input devices.
- Sound - Setting up and using sound cards, speakers, and musical instruments.
- Video - Setting up your graphics card and external hardware such as video cameras.
- Printers - Setting up and using your printer.
- Network, wireless, and internet devices - Setting up networking and internet devices.
- Portable Gadgets - Syncing and transferring files from PDAs, audio players, mobile phones, and cameras.
- Applications - lists of software available for Ubuntu (including recommended software and equivalents to commonly-used Windows-based and Apple-based programs).
Customizing and Maintaining Ubuntu
- Accessibility - Making Ubuntu easier to use for those with physical or visual challenges.
- Eye Candy - Making your computer look and work cooler.
- Servers - Setting up web servers, file servers, and more.
- Thin Clients - Setting up and using thin clients.
- Security - Keeping your computer safe.
- System Administration - Maintaining your computer.
- Troubleshooting guides - Solving troubles with configurations and software.
- Business Environment - Suggestions for configuring Ubuntu for use in business environments.
- Index of all available pages - List of all community documentation pages.