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The Ubuntu wiki points out that a new complete beginners manual for Ubuntu is on it's way. The manual will include information on anything you need to know after installing Ubuntu and very useful how-to's for beginners, all written in a user-friendly way in a PDF file.

Sure, there are lots of Ubuntu beginner guides out there, but the new Ubuntu Beginners Manual, which initially begun as a project by Benjamin Humphreyand, then extended with the help of volunteers and it now wants to be an official guide, with a new revision every six months, to coincide with each new Ubuntu release and with a fixed development schedule (see the release schedule for Lucid Lynx, below).


Update: The new Ubuntu Manual will be written and maintained by the Ubuntu Manual Team and if you want an official Ubuntu Manual, you can help by joining the team (more info, on the Wiki). Please note that as Benjamin Humphreyand pointed out in a comment below, the Ubuntu Manual is not official yet, meaning it might be included in Ubuntu soon (it might or might not be Lucid), but there is nothing official from Canonical on this. Seeing the release schedule and all, I though it is, but it turns out it's not official for now.

The project development schedule for Lucid Lynx is split into four main milestone releases:
  • Alpha - version 0.3 to be released February 10th, 2010
  • Beta - version 0.6 to be released March 15th, 2010
  • Release Candidate - version 0.9 to be released April 20th, 2010
  • Final Release - version 1.0 to be released April 29th, 2010


When the Complete Beginners Manual for Ubuntu will be released, you will hopefully be able to download it from the Ubuntu download page and it should also be included in Ubuntu by default.


You can already get the sources of the official Ubuntu Manual (Beginners Manual):
bzr branch lp:ubuntu-manual


Or directly take a look (and optionally download) the compiled PDF (this sounds weird - compiling a PDF):



But of course, there not too much there, but you can get an idea on what the Ubuntu Manual wants to be.

[image via Ubuntu wiki]
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