Free Ubuntu Books and online Resources For Beginners


Since always, Linux has been the Geek’s play zone. But with Ubuntu’s arrival in the world of Linux Desktop has been changed. It has revolutionized the computing world by simplifying Linux and truly has lived up to its motto “Linux for human beings”.

As the popularity of Ubuntu increases, more and more new users are willing to give a try to this awesome operating system. Since a number of these users are beginners with Linux and have close to zero experience with command line, it is very important to provide them with enough support to lean in Linux world.

This is a list about ubuntu online resource and  manual book.

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Ubuntu has a vast collection of documentation that details each and everything. Its official forum and Ask Ubuntu gives users a very comforting place to ask their relatively small and big problems. Apart from that there are several (hundreds or may be thousands) blogs to solve the problem one faces with Ubuntu.

But despite of all that, one might need a book for Ubuntu for several reasons. First, a book provides a view from ground, explaining every aspects in detail. Second, one may not be online all the time to access the resource. A book comes handy for offline usage. In this post we’ll see some Free Ubuntu books for beginners.

1. Ubuntu Manual

Ubuntu Manual is the official book from Ubuntu for a quick understanding of Ubuntu and basic tutorials and on how to install and use it. Each time Ubuntu releases a new version of its OS, it also releases its corresponding manual which is free to download. Link to Download Ubuntu Manual.

Getting Started with Ubuntu is a complete beginner’s manual for Ubuntu, featuring comprehensive guides, How Tos, and information on anything you need to know after first installing Ubuntu.


New Ubuntu Books:

1. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Server: Administration and Reference

This book is designed as an Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Server administration and reference source, covering the Ubuntu servers and their support applications. Server tools are covered as well as the underlying configuration files and system implementations. The emphasis is on what administrators will need to know to perform key server support and management tasks. Coverage of the systemd service management system is integrated into the book. Topics covered include software management, systemd service management, systemd-networkd and Netplan network configuration, AppArmor security, OpenSSH, the Chrony time server, and Ubuntu cloud services. Key servers are examined, including Web, FTP, CUPS printing, NFS, and Samba Windows shares. Network support servers and applications covered include the Squid proxy server, the Domain Name System (BIND) server, DHCP, distributed network file systems, IPtables firewalls, and cloud computing.

2. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop: Applications and Administration (Kindle Edition)

This book covers the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) release, focusing on applications and administrative tools. The emphasis here is on what users will face when using Ubuntu, covering topics like installation, applications, software management, the Ubuntu desktops (GNOME and KDE), shell commands, network connections, and system administration tasks. There are four parts: Getting Started, Applications, Desktops, and Administration. Part 1 focuses on getting started, covering Ubuntu information and resources, using Ubuntu Live DVD/USB discs, installing and setting up Ubuntu, upgrading Ubuntu, basic use of the desktop interface, and connecting to wired and wireless networks. Ubuntu Software and Synaptic Package manager, which provides easy and effective software management, are both discussed. Part 2 keys in on office, multimedia, mail, Internet, and social media applications. Part 3 covers the Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Cinnamon, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu desktops. as well as the BASH shell. The Ubuntu desktop with the GNOME interface is examined in detail. Ubuntu GNOME uses a Dock and a Dash (dashboard) to manage access to applications and devices. Part 4 deals with administration topics, first discussing system tools like the GNOME system monitor, the Disk Usage Analyzer, and Disk Utility (Udisks). Then a detailed chapter on Ubuntu system administration tools is presented, covering tasks such as managing users and file systems, Bluetooth setup, network folder sharing, backups, and printing. The network connections chapter covers a variety of network tasks, including manual configuration of wired and wireless connections, and firewalls (the Gufw and FirewallD).

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference:

Written by award-winning author Keir Thomas, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a totally unique and concise guide for everyday Ubuntu use. It’s the world’s most popular Ubuntu book, with over half a million readers (and rising!).

Focuses on core competencies and background knowledge needed to be an expert Ubuntu user;
Readable, accessible, and easy to understand—even if you’ve never used Linux before;
100% new and original! Written from the ground-up to cover Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10.
“A great resource covering Ubuntu
from A to Z without all the extra fluff”
Ryan Troy, administrator,

Wait! Did not the title read 5 free Ubuntu books for beginners?


I may have missed some other free books here. Feel free to suggest other names in the comment section and I’ll update the article. Cheers 🙂


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