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Ubuntu pocket guide and handy Linux tips

Find out where to go for a free copy of an Ubuntu pocket guide and check out a selection of solid tips.

This week, it seems like everyone is writing about how Windows 7 spells the demise of Linux (or not) or, alternatively, how Linux has contributed to the decline of Microsoft. I figure we've got several weeks left to kick them around, though, don't you? So with that in mind, I found some practical resources to highlight.

First, you can't beat free for good value, so if you need a handy reference guide for yourself or a fellow Ubuntu user, you can download a copy of Keir Thomas' Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference in a handy PDF format, gratis. If you just have to have a print edition, it is available from Amazon for purchase.

Also, at laptoplogic.com, there's a very useful beginner's tip on how to install software apps in Linux if you are using Ubuntu 8.10, which covers a number of different file types:

"A Beginner's Guide on How to Install Linux Software"

Here's some more goodies:

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14 comments
husserl
husserl

WRT the Ubuntu guide, for me Adobe reports "There was an error opening this document. The file is damaged and could not be repaired.". The MD5 sum matches that on the site. I have tried two download locations, but what is the point if the MD5 sum is correct I ask myself. I have contacted them.

roy.evison
roy.evison

Dear Selena, this is the nature of open source. Still worth a look though. What perplexes me at present is how do you identify free street hotspots in the UK? Roy.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Always looking for resources to stumble into.

oparp
oparp

Thanks a lot, very interesting data!

jlwallen
jlwallen

his reasons why Window 7 spells the demise of Linux???? ummm...seems like all he wants to say is how much better Windows 7 is over Vista. that's not fair. that's like saying your new Volkswagen Jetta is better than your circa 70s Ford Pinto. and let's face it - we all know that release dates are the achilles heel of MS. who knows when 7 is going to actually hit the shelves. and if they don't get that mp3 issue resolved (have they yet?) then there will be a lot of angry users. look - Windows 7 isn't going to hurt Linux. Microsoft has already hurt itself enough. we can't trust them. every other OS they put out stinks. why can't they just be like Linux and do numbered updates so everyone knows to avoid anything with an .04 and wait for a .10 number on it?

perspectoff
perspectoff

Two guides, Ubuntu guide (Ubuntuguide.org) and Kubuntu Guide (Kubuntuguide.org) have been around for years and are updated for every version. They are very succinct guides.

The Scummy One
The Scummy One

I think these may come in handy here :D As for Win 7 killing Linux -- yeah, right. You are making me laugh hysterically :^0 :^0 :^0 -- Thanks for that :D I pulled Win 7 and have not had the motivation to install it on anything. I had it before the beta release, and still dont care enough to try it out. On the other side of things, over the last few months, I did try out 3 Linux distros :D

bmbufalo
bmbufalo

Thanks for the heads up!

WoW > Work
WoW > Work

"and if they don't get that mp3 issue resolved (have they yet?)" Just a head's up: http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/01/windows-7-mp3-corruption-fix-arrives-via-automatic-updates.ars As for me, I'm happy with Vista SP1, damn stable. But I've decided, I'm going to dual boot with Ubuntu (praise be to Wubi.) Ubuntu: Web. Vista: Gaming (and Quicken.) And tbh, I'm not all that sold on 7. Again, changes for the sake of changes? We'll see. I still think (some) techs will hate 7 more than Vista (and probably for the same reasons.) Back to the topic: can't wait to check out the guide. Since I just decided to dual boot with Ubuntu, this comes with perfect timing. Thanks for the 411.

teebes2004
teebes2004

In Microsoft parlance .10 is called SP1, or if that doesn't work, SP2. Always wait for SP1. As far as killing Linux, I think the Microsofties figure 'if you can't sell enough Linux you'll give up ...'; hey wait a minute!

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Managing Windows as a rolling distro would mean giving up the high profit spike expected with each new major version release of Windows. Sure, it would be better for the end users but that's not what Windows is all about.

roaming
roaming

Are there any good sources on how to create a CD/DVD based distro?

lastchip
lastchip

Microsoft do not have an answer to the Linux model and that frightens them. That's precisely why they backtracked on XP to make very sure they didn't loose their stranglehold via netbooks on OEM machines. The Asus Eee was a wakeup call they couldn't afford to ignore. It could have been the thin end of the wedge and they knew it. Now, it looks less likely, but I suspect for all that, a small dent has been made that will eventually grow. We'll just have to wait and see. As for me, I'm almost Windows free, but frustratingly there still a couple of things I can't do in Linux. The particular scanner I have refuses to work, I have one legacy application that would cost a lot of money to replace and I can't print directly to CD's, but other than that; I'm free. Everything else just works!