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What free ebooks do you recommend to learn more about Ubuntu?

One book per answer, please - vote answers up/down as you feel appropriate. If you feel the book is biased towards/good for particular tasks, please mention them.


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Getting Started with Ubuntu (The Ubuntu Manual)

Bash - Guide for beginners (On the command line used in Linux, PDF)

Linux - Inside the boot process (IBM manual in HTML and PDF)

Linux - Network Administration guide

And if you're a masochist, don't forget the ultimate manual for Linux: Linux - Advanced Administration (Kernel, local/network/server admin, ... 545 pages of knowledge! :-))

  • Thanks. If you know about more such books, please list them here.
    – User
    Jul 31, 2010 at 17:09
  • Sorry I duped this, I didn't recognize that title. You might want to add "(The Ubuntu Manual)" beside "Getting Started with Ubuntu". I deleted my post. Thanks for the heads-up! Jul 31, 2010 at 22:01
  • The Ubuntu Manual is good for new users and people who want to learn more about Ubuntu. Aug 1, 2010 at 17:35
  • Can someone update the link for Bash - Guide for beginners?
    – Sadegh
    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:17

The Ubuntu Wikibook.

  • I think this book needs improvement. We must try and improve it.
    – User
    Oct 19, 2010 at 5:51

The guys who wrote the Server Documentation in the help have done a great job as well: https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/serverguide/C/index.html, it is also available in PDF. The good thing is this documentation gets updated every release by the Documentation team

  • Yes, just change the release number in the link to get the latest version.
    – snth
    Aug 7, 2011 at 12:41
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    dead link, please update
    – Sadegh
    Jan 28, 2016 at 9:15

"A Complete Beginner’s Manual for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)" is available at



It is for Ubuntu 9.10,but still relevant..

Karmic Guide

For Ubuntu 10.04, you grab Ubuntu Manual from

Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04


There is one in German available by Galileo Computing for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. It can also be downloaded and purchased as a real book. Most of the stuff in there is targeted to beginners.

There are also some videos available for the book, but they are outdated by now.

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