It's true that Ubuntu MATE is great for converts from Windows or macOS, because you can easily customize it to look and behave similar to the way either of those operating systems work. Not only that, but Ubuntu MATE is an excellent choice for any kind of computer user, from casual home user to professional developer, because of its functionally thought-out design. It's also capable enough for experienced users because, like almost all Linux distributions (i.e. flavors of Linux), Ubuntu MATE has the power and capabilities of every Linux baked-in.
Not everyone is comfortable with switching without some help. I've previously written about being asked by the originator of Ubuntu MATE to help with the Welcome application, and about my follow-up providing documented help to assist with discoverability once you have Ubuntu MATE installed, but that all assumed you have discovered Linux and Ubuntu MATE, and that you have figured out how to download and install it. With that in mind, I wrote two books for Ubuntu MATE users. The first, "Ubuntu MATE: Upgrading from Windows or OSX" provides you with practical, day-to-day advice on how you can obtain, install, and begin to use the Ubuntu MATE distribution of Linux and its applications. We think it's the best introduction for learning about Ubuntu MATE and to get started on using it to get things done!
To download a free pdf version of the book, simply click the image of the book cover above and save the file. If you would like the book in other formats, or you would simply like to support our efforts, you can purchase the book using one of the links below. I've self-published at Amazon in Kindle e-book format and in paperback format, and at Smashwords, where it's available in epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, txt, and html formats.
The second book, "Using Ubuntu MATE and Its Applications" is more of a User's Guide for Ubuntu MATE 17.10 and beyond. This book is written for computer users who want a reference detailed enough to help them to learn about Ubuntu MATE and its applications and to build their confidence and competence in using them to get things done. It is written from the perspective that Ubuntu MATE is a typical modern Linux for the average computer user who needs to do things like browse the Internet, check email, use a text editor or word processor, read and store document files, view and edit photos, watch videos, listen to music, and subscribe to podcasts. Many of the examples in this book are from my own experiences using Linux. The applications discussed work in the same way regardless of the operating system.
I've written both books for all computer users. They will help demystify Ubuntu MATE for new-comers, and provide a reference for all users of Linux.
Buy one of the books for a friend, or simply send them a link them to the book's page so they can purchase it for themselves. The introduction is perfect for helping someone to download and install Ubuntu MATE, to understand the key components of their new software before diving in, or as a reference as they learn to use it. The User Guide is excellent reference for any kind of computer user, from casual home user to professional software developer. The books are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, so feel free to make copies and give them away if you wish. So, if you've ever installed Linux for someone, make sure they get a copy of whichever book best fits their need!
While it's is great for users who have migrated from Windows or macOS, Ubuntu MATE is also an excellent choice for any kind of computer user, from casual home user to professional software developer. That's because of its modern, functionally thought-out design. Ubuntu MATE is capable enough for even the most experienced computer user because, well, it's Linux! It has the power of every other Linux built-in. Simply put, it provides a practical alternative to other software that can run on your computer.
Once you become aware that there is dependable, secure, capable, and modern software to run your computer that rivals all others in popularity and actual use, you will want to try the Linux operating system. Perhaps you've been using a member of the Unix/Linux family - Linux, Android, ChromeOS, BSD or even macOS - for quite a while. If so, you are likely looking for new ways to optimize your technology for the way you work. These books are for computer users who just want to use Linux to get things done.
After your upgrade, you would like to have a computer with software that is like your previous computer's software, only better. By "better" we know you mean a modern but familiar user experience design, easy to understand and use, designed with security built-in, and protection from viruses and spyware included. All of that should be included and upgradeable at no additional charge. You want it all to "just work" with minimal or no maintenance – automatic security updates and software upgrades for both the operating system and all of your installed applications. You don't mind paying for software, but you prefer the "try before you buy" philosophy. We think you'll find that Ubuntu MATE gives you all of that and more!
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