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= Translations =

Various translations of the documentation can be found at the [:Translations:Translations Page].
= Other Languages =

An index of the documentation in other languages can be found at the OtherLanguages.

Welcome to the Ubuntu Wiki. Here you can:

  • Find existing solutions to known issues
  • Learn how to use Ubuntu better and faster
  • Find links to other resources for Ubuntu, Linux and much more
  • Write documentation to help other Ubuntu Linux users

This page is the master index for documentation To find what you need you can:

  • Look at the Table of Contents
  • Search the page with your browser (press Ctrl + F and enter a search term, such as "mp3")
  • Use the SEARCH dialogue in the top right hand corner

This page is an index and links to a topic, not the actual guides. So if you know of a guide which doesn't fit - you'll need to make a new topic!

Before editing this page, please read the page WikiGuide. Thanks!

Start Here

  • Documentation - [ Official Documentation Website] - the website of the Ubuntu Documentation project, home to [ The Ubuntu Starter Guide] (among other things).

  • Other Resources - HowToGetHelp - This page lists resources for finding support for Ubuntu so you can choose the best method for you.

  • Installation - Guides to basic and advanced methods of installing Ubuntu, and the supported architectures and hardware are at [:Installation]. Also dual booting guides if you also have another operating system.

After you've installed Ubuntu

  • Multimedia support - for MP3, DVD and other formats, and Java support: RestrictedFormats

  • Super-user / Root - is done using 'sudo'. This page explains why: RootSudo

  • Adding/Removing/Updating Programs - SoftwareManagement

  • Glossary - See [ this page] for the meaning of words related to computers, linux, and Ubuntu.

  • Common Applications - [:WhatWindowsUsersWant:What Windows Users Want] has a list of common Windows applications and their Ubuntu counterparts.

Software - Installing and Running Software

Below are documents on how to install software

  • [:InstallingSoftware:Installing Software] - General information on software installation, Synaptic, apt-get and dpkg.

Multimedia & Graphics

  • RestrictedFormats lists how to get MP3, DVD and other formats to play.

  • MultimediaApplications - Introduction to most commonly used multimedia applications available on Ubuntu.

  • ["CDRipping"] - How to "rip" your audio CDs to your hard disk.
  • [:TheGimpHowto:The Gimp] - How to use the powerful image editor.

  • [:DVDAuthoring:DVDAuthoring] - Software for authoring DVDs

Networking & Internet

  • [:WiFiHowto:WiFi (802.11a/b/g) wireless networking] - how to set it up

  • [:XChatHowto:XChat] - connect to the Ubuntu IRC chatroom, complete with [:UbotuUsage:help robot].

  • [:GaimHowto:Gaim] - multi-protocol internet chat program (e.g. MSN)

  • [:SkypeHowto:Skype] - internet telephony software

  • [:Gizmo:Gizmo] - internet telephony software

  • ["OperaBrowser"] - an alternative web-browser.

  • [:CactiHowTo:Cacti] - This guide is for setting up a base install of Cacti on Ubuntu (Alternative to MRTG)

  • [:SSHHowto:SSH] - you can use this to log into other machines remotely. See ["AdvancedOpenSSH"] for enhanced security.

  • [:MountWindowsSharesPermanently:Mount Windows Shares Permanently] - How to mount a Windows Share permanently with Samba

  • [:EthernetOverFirewire:Ethernet Over Firewire] - How to enable Ethernet over Firewire

  • [:Building_iFolder] - Install and configure iFolder 3.0 with Simpleserver to share and synchronize files over the network

  • [:NFSClientHowTo:NFS Client How-To] - How to set up Ubuntu to connect to an NFS server

  • [:ADSLPPPoE:ADSL PPPoE connect] - How to set up Ubuntu to login to an ADSL modem using PPPoE

  • [:DynamicDNS:Dynamic DNS] - How to set up a free DNS and redirection service with No-IP

  • [:P2PHowTo:Peer-2-Peer How-To] - How to install p2p software, like Azureus (Bit Torrent), Limewire, DC++ and Amule.
  • FirefoxTipsAndTricks - How to tweak Firefox to make surfing the web faster, easier and more pleasant.

  • [:FirefoxStreamingVideo:Firefox Streaming Video] - To view movie clips embedded in web pages

  • [:FirefoxNewVersion] - How to install Firefox 1.5 from

  • [:FirefoxAMD64FlashJava] - How to install Firefox 1.5 with Flash and Java support in AMD64 bits computers


  • See the ["Games"] page for a list of great games on Ubuntu.

Windows Programs

  • ["Wine"] - a Windows compatibility layer
  • ["Cedega"] - a proprietary fork of Wine, supports more Windows games


  • ["OpenOffice2Beta"] - The latest beta version of OpenOffice

  • [:EvinceMozilla:Evince & Firefox] - Howto embed PDFs with Evince in Mozilla/Firefox


  • [:ApacheMySQLPHP:Apache] - web server with PHP and MySQL support

  • [:MYSQL5FromSource:MySQL5] - How to set up a MySQL5 server in ubuntu
  • [:NFSServerHowTo:NFS Server How-To] - How to set up Ubuntu as an NFS server

  • [:PHP5Installation:PHP5] - How to setup php5 with apache http server
  • [:MailServer:Email] - A collection of guides to setup an email server

  • [:Mailman:Mailman Mailing List Server] - How to set up your own mailing list server with Mailman (the software used on the Ubuntu mailing lists!)

  • [:Hula] - the mail and calendar server

See also [#Security Maintain and Administer your System/Security], below.

Mobile devices

  • [:MultisyncHowto:Multisync] - Syncronization Program for Smart Phones/PDA's

  • [:BluetoothSetup:Bluetooth] - Bluetooth Setup

  • [:BluetoothSkype:BluetoothSkype] - Setup Bluetooth connection to Mobile Phone and use Skype with a Bluetooth Headset

  • [:PocketPCHowto] - How to get your Pocket PC working (copy files to/from it, and synchronize the pim data with Evolution)


  • [:NanoHowto:Nano] - the simple text editor

  • DeveloperResources - building packages and other material for developers.

  • [:InstallingCompilers:Compilers] - get started for programming in C, C++, and Fortran

  • ["MATLAB"] - Matlab technical computing
  • ZopeOnUbuntu - Install Zope

X Window System (Graphical Environment)

  • ["UbuntuEyeCandy"] - Ubuntu eye candy/artwork index

  • [:CustomXSession:Custom X Session] - How to create custom X sessions


  • ["SwitchingToUbuntu"] - Already a Linux user? Learn about what makes Ubuntu special

  • ["AccessibilityHowto"] - Docs related to accessibility

  • SensorInstallHowto - Using lm-sensors to report CPU temp, fan speeds and other system data.

  • [:Expocity:Expocity] - Howto Expose like functionality from Apple’s OSX

  • [:Skippy:Skippy] - Howto for another Expose like functionality from Apple’s OSX

  • ["Unp"] - Extract any and multiple archive files
  • [:ManageDiscImages:Manage Disc Images] - How to convert CloneCD to ISO and mount ISO files

  • ["CdDvdBurning"] - How to burn CD-R and DVR/+-R/+-RW/DL

  • ["FileCompression"] - dealing with .tar.gz, .zip, .rar and other files

  • ["Filer"] - Filer is a small, fast and efficient Norton Commander clone
  • [:EjectCDLauncher:Eject CD] - How to add a launcher on your panel to eject your cdrom

  • [:GnomeTranslate:Gnome Translate] - Translate a text or web page between several natural languages

  • [:InstallingVMWare:Installing VMWare] - Install VMWare in Breezy

  • [:InstallingVmPlayer:Installing VMPlayer] - Install VMPlayer in Breezy

  • [:Oracle10g:Installing Oracle 10g] - Install Oracle 10g Enterprise Database in Hoary
  • [:FoldingAtHome:Folding@Home] - Do some good with your idle CPU cycles.

  • [:TransparentTerminals:Transparent Terminals] - Howto for transparent borderless terminals

  • [:RotateWallpapers:Rotating Wallpapers] - Small program to rotate wallpapers over specified amount of time.

  • ["32bit and 64bit"] - running 32 bit programs in a 64 bit environment and other 64 bit issues.
  • ["Nautilus Scripts"] - Using nautilus scripts to extend the funtionality of nautilus.

Maintain and Administer your System



  • LowEndSystemSupport - Making the desktop interface snappier on machines without much memory

  • GnomeMenuEditingHowTo - various ways to add items to your Gnome menu

  • NautilusScriptsHowto - enhance nautilus by adding scripts

  • [:BootServices:Boot Services] - Disable start of unnecessary services during boot.

  • [:BootText:Boot Text] - Spice up your boot text (font resolution and color)

  • [:Upower:Upower] - is a next generation bootsplash for linux systems

  • HowToReadline - Add some extra editing keys to the shell


  • KernelHowto - make a custom kernel for your system

  • GrubHowto - learn about the grub boot manager

  • BackupYourSystem - this page describes how to backup your system

  • CronHowto - guide to cron, to schedule commands

  • [:HowtoPartition] - Partion your HD for other OS's and swap space.

  • [:DiskSpace] - How to setup disk space for your HD needs.

  • [:AptMoveHowto:Create a Packages CD] - How to easily move downloaded packages from one machine to another one which is not connected to the internet.

  • [:GnomeComputerMenu:Gnome Computer Menu] - How to add missing disks in computer:///

  • [:MigrateEvolutionToNewComputer: Migrate Evolution] - How to migrate your email in Evolution to another Ubuntu computer

  • FakeRaidHowto - Information on setting up hardware fakeRAID, such as Promise or Via SATA RAID controllers



  • StrongPasswords - How to generate and use strong passwords in Ubuntu

  • [:PandaAntivirus:Panda Antivirus] - How to install Panda Antivirus for Linux

  • [:GPGKey:GPG Key] - How to create/manage a GPG key and use it in your favorite E-Mail client

  • ["GPGKeyOnUSBDrive"] - How to store your GPG key securely on an encrypted USB flash drive
  • ["BitDefender"] - How to install Bit Defender Linux Edition

  • ["ProactiveSecurity"] - An overview of security options and thoughts

  • ["InstallingSecurityTools"] - A guide to installing several security applications in Ubuntu

  • ["AutomaticSecurityUpdates"] - How to set up Ubuntu to install security updates automatically

  • ["IptablesHowTo"] - An introduction to the powerful Linux IPTables firewall

  • ["UnsafeDefaults"] - Default settings that you should change if you run any services

  • ["EncryptedFilesystemHowto"] - How to transparently encrypt hard discs

  • [:ClamAV] - How to install ClamAV on your HD
  • ["BastilleLinux"] - The Bastille Linux Security Hardening Tool

  • ["FileIntegrityAIDE"] - File integrity monitoring and verification with AIDE
  • ["AdvancedOpenSSH"] - Advanced OpenSSH configuration for enhanced security
  • ["OpenSSL"] - OpenSSL Secure Sockets Layer implementation information

Hardware & Drivers - Setting up and Configuring Hardware

Here you'll find documentation about how to setup different hardware and drivers

  • [:HardwareSupport: Ubuntu Hardware Support] - index of the wiki's main hardware support pages

  • [:HardwareSupportComponentsPrinters:Printers in Ubuntu] - reports of printer functionality in Ubuntu

  • [:InstallingANewHardDrive:Installing a new harddrive]

Mouse & Keyboard

  • [:MultimediaKeys:Multimedia Keyboard Help] - how to get your button-festooned keyboard working in Ubuntu

  • [:ManyButtonsMouseHowto:Multi-buttoned Mouse] - getting the fourth, fifth or other extra buttons on your mouse working

  • NumLock - enabling Num Lock during startup.

Network, Wireless & Modem


  • BinaryDriverHowto - install support for your new ATI or NVIDIA graphics card

  • [:NvidiaTroubleshooting:Nvidia Troubleshooting] - How to solve OpenGL Problems with Nvidia Drivers

  • [:NvidiaTVOut:Nvidia TV Out] - View X simultaneously on your monitor and TV

  • [:NvidiaManual:Nvidia manual drivers installation] - How to install the Nvidia accelerated drivers without apt

  • [:i915Driver:i915G video cards] - 845G/855G/865G/915G/945G chipset installation workaround on Breezy preview
  • [:Webcam:Webcam] - Automated installation of your webcam

Sound & Misc

Related pages

Other Resources

If you can't find what you are looking for on this Wiki, you may have more success on one of the [:HowToGetHelp:other resources of information].

Other Languages

An index of the documentation in other languages can be found at the OtherLanguages.


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