Ubuntu-specific documentation is available at Here on listed links you can find specific documentation for different releases. Always check the release help page first for documentation, though it may be sparse and cover mainly changed areas. The Ubuntu LTS … Continue reading

    Open Source Software

    Linux is developed as a cooperative Open Source effort over the Internet, so no company or institution controls Linux. Software developed for Linux reflects this background. Development often takes place when Linux users decide to work together on a project. … Continue reading

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    Wubi: Windows-based installer

    Wubi is an Ubuntu installer that lets you install and run Ubuntu from Windows. It is a simple, safe, and painless way to install Linux for users who want to preserve their Windows system, without having to perform any potentially … Continue reading


    Metalinks are XM L files that work like mirror lists, allowing download clients to easily choose a fast mirror and perform a more controlled download. You would use a download client that supports metalinks, like KGet, gget, or aria2. For … Continue reading

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    Ubuntu Package Management Software

    Although all Ubuntu software packages have the same DEB format, they can be managed and installed using different package management software tools. The underlying software management tool is APT. The Ubuntu Software Center is now the primary interface for locating … Continue reading

    Installing and Updating Software

    Ubuntu software distribution is implemented using the online Ubuntu software repositories, which contain an extensive collection of Ubuntu-compliant software. With the integration of repository access into your Linux system, you can think of that software as an easily installed extension of your current … Continue reading

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    KOffice is an integrated office suite for the K Desktop Environment (KDE) consisting of several office applications, including a word processor, a spreadsheet, and graphics applications. You can download it from the Ubuntu Software Center | Office | KOffice, or … Continue reading


    Several office suites are now available for Ubuntu. These include professional-level word processors, presentation managers, drawing tools, and spreadsheets. The freely available versions are described in this chapter. OpenOffice is currently the primary office suite supported by Ubuntu. KOffice is … Continue reading

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    Mail Clients

    Ubuntu supports a wide range of both electronic mail and news clients. Mail clients let you send and receive messages to and from other users on your system or users accessible from your network. News clients let you read articles … Continue reading


    Evolution is the primary mail client for the GNOME desktop. It is installed by default along with OpenOffice. Though designed for GNOME, it will work equally well on KDE. Evolution is an integrated mail client, calendar, and address book. The … Continue reading

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    The KDE Rekonq Web Browser

    Rekonq is the new default Web browser for KDE (see for more details). Rekonq is based on the WebKit layout engine, like Chrome and Apple’s Safari. It provides full integration with the KDE Desktop for tasks such as editing … Continue reading

    Web Clients

    Ubuntu provides powerful Web, FTP, and messaging clients for accessing the Internet. Many of these applications are installed automatically and are ready to use when you first start up your Ubuntu system. Ubuntu also includes full Java development support, letting you … Continue reading

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    Automatic Login Preferences

    If you want to change automatic login preferences, you can use the Login Screen Settings window accessible from System | Administration | Login Screen. This configures the GNOME Display Manager, which runs your login process. With Ubuntu 10.10 the Login … Continue reading

    System Tools

    Useful system tools as well as user specific configuration tools can be found in the Applications | System Tools, System | Preferences, System | Administration, and Applications | Accessories menus. The Administration menu holds tools like the System Monitor for checking on resource … Continue reading

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    System Administration

    Most administrative configurations tasks are performed for you automatically. Devices like printers, hard drive partitions, and graphics cards are detected and set up for you. There are cases where you may need to perform tasks manually like adding new users and installing … Continue reading

    Controlled Administrative Access

    To access administrative tools, you have to login as a user who has administrative permissions. The user that you created during installation is given administrative permissions automatically. Log in as that user. When you attempt to use an administrative tool, … Continue reading

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    Ubuntu Social Desktop: the MeMenu

    Ubuntu provides integrated social networking support for broadcasting, IM (Instant Messenger), and VoIP (Voice over Internet). User can communicate directly with other users on your network. These applications are installed automatically and are ready to use when you first start … Continue reading

    Broadcast Services: Gwibber

    Ubuntu provides integrated support for social broadcasts (micro-blogging) based on the Gwibber project. You access broadcast accounts using Gwibber (Applications | Internet | Gwibber Social Client). The first time you use Gwibber, the “Broadcast Accounts” dialog is opened first letting … Continue reading

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    The Command Line

    The shell is a command interpreter that provides a line-oriented interactive and non-interactive interface between the user and the operating system. You enter commands on a command line; they are interpreted by the shell and then sent as instructions to … Continue reading

    Command and Filename Completion

    The BASH command line has a built-in feature that performs command line and file name completion. Automatic completions can be effected by pressing the TAB key. If you enter an incomplete pattern as a command or filename argument, you can … Continue reading

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