Ubuntu Guide

Martin Brinkmann
May 22, 2006
Updated • Feb 26, 2014

You may know that Ubuntu is a popular Linux distribution, and you may have been installed it on one of your computer systems or tried to do so.  The Ubuntu Guide helps you with the installation process as well with running the Linux distribution once it is installed. It guides you for instance through the installation process of various third party software products like Adobe Reader, Skype or a DVD player which you may have troubles doing on your own if you never used Linux before.

The guide is comprehensive which is good as it makes sure that everything that you could possibly want to know about Ubuntu is covered here. It does mean however that you need enough time to read through the guide due to its size. Note that the guide is divided into topics so that you do not have to read through all of the available chapters.But if you want to do something and don't know how to do it you can easily look it up in the guide.

Update: The website the original guide was posted on is no longer available. We have removed the link from this article. Here are a few alternatives that you might like to check out instead.

Ubuntu Documentation - hosted on the official Ubuntu website, and available for the current and previous releases of the client and server version of the distribution. The document repository offers guides for both the desktop and server version, and also help when it comes to installing the Linux distribution on a computer system. There is also an option to consult the User Documentation instead which provides you with additional information, for instance tips when making the transition from Windows or Mac to Linux.

Some useful pages:

  • Useful keyboard shortcuts
  • Using the Dash
  • User and system settings explained

You can alternatively check out the Ubuntu Guide website, which offers a Wiki-like interface. The site offers information about Ubuntu and Kubuntu, and is updated with new information whenever a new version of the Linux distribution is released. The main page lists some of the most popular support pages. One interesting option is the ability to download a pdf ebook that contains all the information from the site. The ebook is usually released some time after a new version is out.

Note: The guides are updated regularly when new versions of Ubuntu are released. It is best if you open the main page linked above instead which always links to the most recent versions of the guide.


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  1. Perspectoff said on April 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Please note that your link is not to the original Ubuntu Guide that has been around since 2004 and is updated for every version of Ubuntu.

    The original (and current) Ubuntu Guide is at ubuntuguide.org:


    There is also a Kubuntu guide (kubuntuguide.org) at


  2. Lobo Schmidt said on May 23, 2006 at 1:59 am

    Thanks man, as always you help me with something that I need. I was just planning to try the Ubuntu (what a cool name for a OS).

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