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July 10th, 2012, 01:11 PM
Hi guys. I downloaded Ubuntu 12.04 today. Since i am absolutely allien in this world of Linux. So kindly advise me about any sort of books that can teach me some basics.


July 10th, 2012, 01:24 PM
Personally I don't think you should buy any books to learn the Unity UI(waste of money, unless you really want to be a really, really, very advanced poweruser). I used a lot of desktop environments with each their own GUI (Unity is a GUI) and I have never ever needed a book. I've used LXDE (Lubuntu), XFCE (Xubuntu), Unity (Ubuntu), KDE (Kubuntu and Fedora) and Openbox (Lubuntu without LXDE).

I've learned Unity my self by just experimenting with it. And clicking all the buttons and just looking around(it didn't take long). But if you really have absolutely no time, then you can always search for some tutorial or information on the web for free.
With just searching with Google with "Ubuntu Unity Tutorial", I immediately found this, which I think will suit you just right:

If you have additional questions about the Unity UI, you can always ask them in this thread or on askubuntu.com. And there is plenty of information easy searchable with Google available on the web.

There are a lot of users out there which are completely new to Unity, so you're certainly not the only one ;), which has a lot of benefits :P

And if you want to know more about Ubuntu (besides the Unity UI) there is also plenty of information available on the web for free. If I were you I would go searching first. And if you need more after the information available you can also ask a question in this thread or on askubuntu.com . And if even all that isn't enough maybe then you should go searching for some nice books.

Also if you later on would like to learn more about the commandline and Linux commands you should check out the Sticky[other] Linux Command Line Learning Resources thread.

EDIT:+1 for cortman, I agree with him

July 10th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Honestly the best way to learn and get familiar with it is just to use it. Use it like any other computer, and when you can't figure something out or hit a snag, post on the forums.

July 10th, 2012, 02:35 PM
I am guessing when you said you are alien to linux world, you really meant it! I don't see any harm in some 'reading' before you jump in. So IMHO you should get yourself acquainted with the Ubuntu Manual (http://ubuntu-manual.org/) by the ubuntu-manual team. Its a fantastic little intro/reference for absolute beginners of ubuntu desktop (not linux). Once you can navigate properly, you'll have to do what Superpelican12 and cortman suggested and poke around (learn!) your system yourself, as any book/manual can only cover so much.

July 10th, 2012, 02:46 PM
For the basics have a look at the official documentation.


July 10th, 2012, 02:52 PM
I wouldn't suggest reading books, I would suggest online tutorials of you want to learn that way, but otherwise, I would just suggest you use it, and when you fall in a ditch, ask something in the forums. Getting used to unity was very hard for me, you can try other Desktop Environments like gnome-shell or gnome-classic/fallback/panel, they are really nice, I personally don't use Unity unless i'm helping someone with it.

July 14th, 2012, 02:35 PM
If you just use Unity, then I wouldn't buy a book.
When you encounter any problems, just Google on you problem + use keyword "ubuntu 12.04".

If you want to master the command line (which is very powerful!) I can recommend the following cheat sheets:
I printed those on both sides of an A4 paper.

At the moment I am reading this book: "Ubuntu Linux Toolbook - 1000+ commands for Ubuntu and Debian Power Users".
IMHO the best command line book I have found so far for Ubuntu & Debian...