Welcome to the Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide!

Whether you have been using Windows or Mac for 10 years, or if you are totally new to computers, this guide can help you get to grips with the basics of the Linux operating system, a great open source operating environment for your computer.

In this guide, you'll find out why Linux offers a real alternative to other operating systems, including Windows and Mac OS, how you can install Linux on to your computer, and how to get to grips with it all.

To get started, just click on one of the chapters in the Chapter Guide to begin. Be sure to check out the tutorials and Howtos in the below sections as well as the forum!

I hope that the Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide helps you into a new world of freedom when using your computer and hopefully makes you smile along the way!


If you are completely new to Linux, I suggest starting at Chapter 1: What is Linux?


If you want a more in depth description of what each of the chapters are about before you embark on reading them, then have a look here.

The Linux Newbie Guide is always a work in progress, To see all of the latest developments on the site and in the Linux Community as a whole, please have a look here.

Got a question that the ULNG doesn't answer?
Got some wacky software to set up?
Fancy chatting to other Linux users?
Visit the forums now!
Click here to visit the forum.
In addition to the standard chapters, we also provide Hot Topics which are quick, easy tutorials on getting the sort of stuff most new users to Linux want to do, IE: Connect to the Internet, Burn a CD.

If you want to suggest something to the webmaster, or you have a problem that's not being answered on the forum, don't be afraid to write to Al!

For all the best links to helpful resources in getting you started with Linux, including the homepages of the best distributions and other handy Linux resources that you can't go without!