Ubuntu and Linux Mint are "Linux made easy", or even "Linux for dummies". They are especially aimed at beginners with Linux, and have become very popular because of that. Both are entirely free, so they won't cost you anything!
The how-to's for Ubuntu in this starters' guide are often also useful for Linux Mint, because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu.
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Now also for Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16 Petra!
The simple and effective how-to's and tips on this website, will help you to have a smooth experience with both Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander (Linux Mint 16 Petra) and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin (Linux Mint 13 Maya).
How-to's that are only for Ubuntu 13.10 / Linux Mint 16, are printed in green text.
One of the main objectives of Linux is fun. So above all: have fun!
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Ubuntu 13.10 (the latest Ubuntu):
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (the best Ubuntu):
Linux Mint 13 Xfce (the ideal replacement for Windows XP):
Ubuntu 12.04 is better than Ubuntu 13.10, because 12.04 is an LTS version. This doesn't mean that Ubuntu 13.10 is bad, however!
Do you want to upgrade your older Ubuntu to 13.10? This is the best way to do it.
All the how-to's on this website are meant for both Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin / Linux Mint 13 Maya.
1. Choose the right Ubuntu version for you
2. Burn the Ubuntu image on a DVD in the right way
3. Windows 8 computers: first configure them for dual boot NEW!
4. Install Ubuntu alongside Windows (dual boot)
B. Right after the installation
1. Round off Ubuntu neatly: do this first
2. Speed up your Ubuntu
3. Multimedia: install full audio and video support
4. How to migrate your e-mail from Windows to Linux NEW!
5. Want a more traditional desktop?
1. Avoid 10 fatal mistakes
2. How to install applications
3. Security (about viruses and firewalls)
4. Wireless security (four myths and 11 facts)
5. How to create a good password
6. The Linux file system
7. Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
8. Tips and tweaks
9. How to clean up Ubuntu
10. Install Samsung printers
D. Re-installing and upgrading
1. Upgrade smoothly from Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 NEW!
2. How to re-install Ubuntu easily
1. Dual boot install seems impossible NEW!
2. Solutions for 15 bugs
3. Display problems
4. Sound problems
5. Internet problems
6. Boot loader Grub: how to repair, adapt or remove it
7. Need help?
8. Windows 7 won't boot anymore
9. Windows 8 won't boot anymore NEW!
F. Routers and wireless internet
1. Wireless security (four myths and 11 tips)
2. Amplify the wireless signal of your router NEW!
3. Set up a second router in your home NEW!
4. Reduce electromagnetic radiation of computing devices NEW!
5. Install Tomato on your router
6. Put DD-WRT on your router
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H. Linux Mint
1. Linux Mint: ease of use foremost NEW!
2. Burn the Mint image on a DVD in the right way
3. Install Mint alongside Windows (dual boot)
3.1. Round off your Linux Mint Cinnamon neatly: do this first NEW!
3.2. Round off your Linux Mint Mate neatly: do this first
4. Linux Mint 13 Xfce: the ideal replacement for Windows XP NEW!
4.1. Round off your Linux Mint 13 Xfce neatly: do this first
F. Popular applications
1. Oracle (Sun) Java JRE for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian
2. Firefox: tweak it right
3. Chrome and Chromium: make them even better
4. Libre Office: configure it well
5. Network Manager: how to connect to a VPN
6. Wine: use Windows applications in Linux
7. Gigolo: access your network disk (NAS) NEW!
G. Xubuntu and Lubuntu: official members of the Ubuntu family
1. Xubuntu: a classic beauty
1.1. Round off your Xubuntu neatly: do this first
1.2. Adapt the panels of Xubuntu
2. Lubuntu: the king of the mini's NEW!
I. Other Linux distributions
1. Oracle (Sun) Java JRE for openSUSE and Fedora
2. Solid State Drive (SSD): optimize it for openSUSE
3. Tips for all Linux distro's
4. Android: improve security with five measures NEW!
5. Install a new Android on your Samsung Galaxy Gio NEW!
1. Turn your Ubuntu into Xubuntu
2. Give the Grub menu a holiday picture for background
3. Solid State Drive (SSD): optimize it for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian
4. Install the latest microcode for your CPU
L. Various matters
1. Windows XP: replace it on time by an easy and free (no cost) Linux NEW!
2. Survive hard times: a buyer's guide for the economic crisis
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