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About the manual

Getting Started with Ubuntu 16.04 is a comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify and share.

The manual will help you become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy to follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.


Easy to understand - our manual has step by step instructions and is jargon-free

A picture is worth a thousand words - lots of screenshots to show you how to do tasks

All in one place - conveniently located in one file, so you don’t have to look all over the web for help

Progressive learning curve - start with the basics, and learn as you work through each chapter

Dozens of languages - translated into more than 52 languages, including localized screenshots

CC-BY-SA licensing - download, modify, reproduce and share as much as you like

No cost - our documents are all written by Ubuntu community members and there is no charge to use them

Printer friendly - we have a version optimized for printing to save the trees

Troubleshooting section - to help you solve common Ubuntu problems quickly