Read articles and watch online tutorial videos on Ubuntu Linux help topics for beginners to advance Ubuntu Linux users.My tutorials will teach you how to use Ubuntu to check e-mail, browse the web, type documents, do office work and open media files, and many other common tasks in Ubuntu Operating System for Free.
Books on Ubuntu are useful for using when you do not have access to your computer like when you are installing Ubuntu which does not allow you to go online to read a tutorial on a website on "how to install ubuntu?" since during the install Ubuntu would not let you open a browser until your computer is done installing Ubuntu.
Plus, you can read about Ubuntu Linux while you are at school, on the bus, at home, or anywhere you like.
The software I recommend from free 3rd-party software companies which is not installed during the Ubuntu Linux install process for most Ubuntu Linux are Adobe Flash Player, Java, Chromium Web Browser, Opera Web Browser, VLC media Player, Kompozer WYSIWYG website builder, FileZilla FTP Client, Audacity, Gimp image editor, Cheese Webcam software, Wine Windows Compatibility Layer and Skype. You'll need an internet connection to download the software listed above on to Ubuntu. You can find most of the software I listed in the Ubuntu Software Center which is Ubuntu Apps store program which comes bundle with Ubuntu.
Adobe Flash Player lets you watch flash video on YouTube, Dailymotion, and Facebook with Firefox or Opera. It will also let you play flash games and run flash applications on FireFox or Opera.
Java is used mostly to run Java software on some websites, and on desktops. Without Java, you can't run Java applications on Ubuntu Linux.
Chromium and Opera are two very good alternative to Mozilla FireFox web browser if you do not like the user interface, performance, and features of FireFox which comes pre-bundled with Ubuntu.
VLC media player is a very powerful, but light media player which can be used to playback video and music media files on Ubuntu Linux.
Kompozer WYSIWYG website builder is a free visual based website editor which lets you quickly create, edit, and publish your website to the web. It is similar to Windows and Mac based website editors like Dreamweaver, and Frontpage.
Updating Ubuntu Linux is important to keep the Ubuntu Linux Operating System, and all of its software installed within Ubuntu up to date, secure, and more stable. Ubuntu usually automatically notifies you of new updates. If you know how to use Windows Update for Windows, learning how to use Ubuntu Linux's Update Manager should be very simple. The only major difference is you have to type in your password for Ubuntu Linux. You'll need to have an internet connection to update Ubuntu. In general, running Ubuntu Updates should not make your computer run worse after updates in my experience, so you should keep Ubuntu updated to keep it running well and secure. Plus, it does not take very long since the update speeds are pretty fast if you update your computer regularly, and using a cable or DSL high speed internet connection.
Make sure you are logged in with an Administrator account, or the first account you made during the Ubuntu install process.
Ubuntu Update Manager is found under the System menu's Administrations sub menu near the bottom of the menu. In Ubuntu Linux 11.04 -11.10 all you have to do is use the left sidebar/dock, and click on the icon/shortcut which looks like a magnify glass with a the Ubuntu logo sign in the middle. This will launch the application search engine/ Dash Home. Type in the keyword Update manager then use the down arrow key to highlight it, and click the enter key or use your mouse's left click button to click it. The Ubuntu Update manager will start up.
Installing Ubuntu Linux on your home computer, laptop, and Netbook is easy as long as your computer has a CD-ROM drive for you to start your computer from the Ubuntu Live Install CD. First, you need to make sure that you have a computer with a 1GHz CPU, 384MB of RAM/Memory, 5GB of free space on your hard drive, and a video card + monitor which have a resolution of 1027 x 768 pixels. Secondly, if you are using a Windows computer which still have important files like documents, photos, music on the hard drive, back them up to CDs, DVDs, USB flash drives, or an external hard drives. If you are planning to make a dual boot computer which is a computer which can start into Windows, or Ubuntu Linux, I recommend a disk defrag of your hard drives before you begin the installation of Ubuntu.
To get a copy of the Ubuntu Live CD, you can buy it from shop.canonical.com, and have canonical ship the Ubuntu install CD to your house. You can also burn your own copy to a CD-R burnable CD disc. All you have to do is download the ISO file from Ubuntu.com/download . Once you downloaded the ISO file, you can use Roxio, Nero, CDBurnerXP, DeepBurner, ImgBurn, or any other paid or free CD burning software to burn Ubuntu linux to with their built in ISO burning program. "Do not just burn Ubuntu Linux to a CD-R with the CD data backup feature." You need to use the CD image or ISO to disc burning wizard to burn the ISO. In Windows 7, you can right click ISO files and from the right click menu there is an option which lets you burn your ISO file to a CD-R disc.