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!
Documentation - [http://help.ubuntu.com Official Documentation Website] - the website of the Ubuntu Documentation project, home to [http://help.ubuntu.com/starterguide/C/index.html 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 [http://www.ubuntulinux.org/support/documentation/glossary 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
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
[: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 beta 1.5 from mozilla.org
- See the ["Games"] page for a list of great games on Ubuntu.
- ["Wine"] - a Windows compatibility layer
- ["Cedega"] - a properitary fork of Wine, supports more Windows games
[:EvinceMozilla:Evince & Firefox] - Howto embed PDFs with Evince in Mozilla/Firefox
[:ApacheMySQLPHP:Apache] - web server with PHP and MySQL support
[:HulaHowTo:Hula] - the mail and calendar 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!)
- [: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
[: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
["BasicCommands"] - Basic Shell/command line/console commands
AddUsersHowto - add users to your system
[:forum/community/BugReports:Bug Reports] When and how to report a bug
LowEndSystemSupport - Making the desktop interface snappier on machines without much memory
AddingRepositoriesHowto - Increase the number of packages available to install on your system
SynapticHowto - How to use the Synaptic package manager (graphical tool for apt-get)
AptGetHowTo - How to use apt-get package management system
AptitudeSurvivalGuide - Using aptitude for package management
GnomeMenuEditingHowTo - various ways to add items to your Gnome menu
GrubHowto - learn about the grub boot manager
BackupYourSystem - this page describes how to backup your system
KernelHowto - make a custom kernel for your system
FilePermissions - Understanding and using file permissions
ChangeTimezoneHowto - change your timezone
NautilusScriptsHowto - enhance nautilus by adding scripts
CronHowto - guide to cron, to schedule commands
[:BootText:Boot Text] - Spice up your boot text (font resolution and color)
[:UPower:upower] - is a next generation bootsplash for linux systems
[: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
[:HowtoPartition] - Partion your HD for other OS's and swap space.
[:DiskSpace] - How to setup disk space for your HD needs.
[:BootServices:Boot Services] - Disable start of unnecessary services during boot.
[:AptMoveHowto:Create a Packages CD] - How to easily move downloaded packages from one machine to another one which is not connected to the internet.
[: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
["StrongPasswords"] - Generating strong passwords
["BastilleLinux"] - The Bastille Linux Security Hardening Tool
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
Network, Wireless & Modem
HowToSetUpNdiswrapper - install and setup ndiswrapper to make difficult wifi cards work
[:DialupModemHowto] - How to get your modem installed correctly.
[:NetworkCards] - How to get your card detected.
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
[:HowToSetupSoundCards] - Getting your *old* sound card to run. Look here if your sound card was not deteted.
[:LircHowto] - How to install and configure LIRC - Linux Infrared Remote Control systems.
MacOnLinuxHowto - install Mac-On-Linux
[:ACPIBattery:Getting laptop battery state] - How to add a fixed DSDT to initrd to fix battery problems
KernelCompileHowto - How to compile kernels
To see a list of all the pages in the category "Documentation", read: CategoryDocumentation
UsefulDocumentation - Useful documentation not specific to Ubuntu from External sites
[http://www.ubuntuforums.org Ubuntu Forums]: a massive forum for Ubuntu users
[http://www.ubuntuguide.org/ Unofficial Ubuntu guide]
[http://www.debian.org/doc/ Debian documentation index]
[http://www.debian.org/doc/user-manuals Debian Documentation Project Users' Manuals]
[http://www.togaware.com/linux/survivor/ GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide]
[http://www.gnome.org/learn/ Learn to use Gnome]
[http://docs.kde.org/ KDE Documentation]
[http://linuxcommand.org/ Linux Command]: good basic CLI tutorial
[http://tuxfiles.org/ Tuxfiles]: newbie-friendly command-line information
[http://doc.gwos.org/index.php/BreezyCust Ubuntu Document Storage facility]: A lot of handy HOWTOs