This 143 Page guide will cover the basics of Ubuntu 12.10 (such as installation and working with the desktop) as well as guide you through some of the most popular applications.

Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.10 is not intended to be a comprehensive Ubuntu instruction manual. It is more like a quick start guide that will get you doing the things you need to do with your computer quickly and easily, without getting bogged down with all the technical details. Ubuntu 12.10 incorporates many new features including a new kernel supporting newer graphic cards, updates to the Update Manager, and full-disk encryption, to name just a few.

About the manual

Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.10 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


Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) PDF Guide