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I want to hold some sort of introductory sessions to Ubuntu and more advanced study if it goes well. What topics and content should I cover?

Personally, I learned the ropes as a curious person poking around and doing things myself, but I can't come up with what kind of things (well I did, but only a few things) that would be relevant to the task of introducing Ubuntu or going into more details.

Update

Thanks to Florian and Rinzwind's input, I think I know what topics I would like to cover. I would like to ask for materials I can refer to. I'm an Ubuntu user, but the range of software I use is fairly limited. I don't use Gwibber or Evolution among other things. Pointers to getting started with those will be welcome.

I would also like to ask what kind of more advanced follow-up courses can be provided. There's LAMP, SSH and basic administrative tasks. What other things can be covered?

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I know you probably mean informal courses/tutorials, but in case you want something formal there are specific Ubuntu and also Linux courses available at set prices.

Information on official Ubuntu specific courses can be found in the training section on the Ubuntu website:

http://www.ubuntu.com/support/training

There is an introductory Linux course that you can study at Open University, it deals with all the basics and Ubuntu is partially covered too, more information can be found here:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/course/t155.htm

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That depends much on your audience and how much time you have.

  • Usually a short overview on the history and philosophy of FLOSS and Ubuntu is useful.
  • For a first session I'd talk about the installation, the applications that are installed by default and how to get additional ones. In following sessions you can than focus on specific topics that are interesting for your audience.
  • Some pointers about where to find help and support could go on a handout
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Have a look at the Ubuntu home page for pointers about Ubuntu.

Some topics that come to mind:

  • Usage live CD;
  • Installing;
  • Comparing Windows and Linux software;
  • Explain the idea behind Ubuntu/Linux: open source and free as in beer;
  • Security, virri, malware etc and why they are not an issue;
  • Hardware and problems you can run into due to Microsoft-specific hardware.
  • How to keyboard your way through Unity;
  • Command line basics.

To help you find more interesting topics you could download the Ubuntu manual. 11.04 is still new so 10.10 is the latest manual http://ubuntu-manual.org/downloads In general this still works but ofcourse does not include Unity.

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The Ubuntu Desktop Guide has been updated for Ubuntu 11.04. This is the same help you see when you search for Help in the Ubuntu dash. Also at help.ubuntu.com/11.04/ubuntu-help/index.html –  Jeremy Bicha May 1 '11 at 21:29
    
Is there any documents I can refer to regarding the topics you mentioned? –  Oxwivi May 2 '11 at 10:58

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