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Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users

Start your Journey into Free and Open Source Software

  • Ideal for anyone who wants to get started with Free and Open Source Software - all you need is a laptop

  • Written by Ubuntu expert Nathan Haines, active member of the Ubuntu community with vast knowledge on all aspects of Ubuntu

  • This completely updated second edition includes all the latest features of Ubuntu and considerations to make for future developments


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nathan Haines
    Pages 1-45
  3. Nathan Haines
    Pages 47-71
  4. Nathan Haines
    Pages 73-108
  5. Nathan Haines
    Pages 109-134
  6. Nathan Haines
    Pages 135-163
  7. Nathan Haines
    Pages 165-186
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 187-196

About this book


Discover how to get the most out of Ubuntu for work, home, and play.  Learning a new operating system can feel daunting, especially if you're used to Windows or OS X. If you've been afraid to try Ubuntu because you don't know where to start, this book introduces you to a wide selection of software and settings that will make your computer ready to work for you.

You'll see how Ubuntu can make your computing life easy. In addition to a tour of Ubuntu's modern and easy-to-use interface, you'll also learn how Ubuntu's Software Updater keeps all of your software secure and up-to-date. Browsing the Internet becomes faster and safer. Creating documents and sharing with others is built right in. Enjoying your music and movie libraries helps you unwind. 

Ubuntu is the world’s third most popular operating system and powers desktop and laptop computers, servers, private and public clouds, and embedded devices. There's never been a better time to install Ubuntu and move to an open source way of life. Completely updated for this exciting second edition, Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users will help you start your journey into Free and Open Source Software with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Lake ForestUSA

About the authors

Nathan Haines is an author, instructor, speaker, and computer consultant who fell in love with Ubuntu in 2005, and helped found the Ubuntu California Local Community Team to share that excitement with others. As a current leader of Ubuntu California and a member of the Ubuntu Local Community Council, he works to help others share Ubuntu worldwide.

When not working with computers, he's more than likely admiring the latest Nintendo hardware, wishing he had more time for retro console and PC gaming, and indulging in linguistic curiosity by studying German or dabbling in Old English or Tolkien's constructed Elvish languages. The queue of scifi and fantasy books on his Kindle is probably growing instead of shrinking, although sometimes camping trips help with that.

As a hybrid author who enjoys stiff drinks, moonlit walks on the beach, and five-star reviews on his books, he would love to hear from you at

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