It's true that Ubuntu MATE is great for converts from Windows or OSX, 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 the book "Ubuntu MATE: Upgrading from Windows or OSX" to help before all of that. Whether you are new to Linux, upgrading from to Linux, or just thinking about moving to Linux, this book provides you with practical, day-to-day advice on how you can obtain, install, and use the Ubuntu MATE distribution of Linux and its applications.
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 the widget below. I've self-published it at Smashwords and it's available in epub, mobi, pdf, lrf, pdb, txt, and html formats. It's available now for pre-order at a special price. On August 1, 2017, it will be released at it's regular price. By placing a pre-order, you lock in the special price. Buy the book for a friend, or simply send them a link them to the book's page on Smashwords so they can purchase it for themselves. It's 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 book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, so feel free to make copies and give it away if you wish. So, if you've ever installed Linux for someone, make sure they get a copy of this book, one way or another!
This book provides a detailed discussion of Ubuntu MATE and its major applications. It's written for users switching from other operating systems to Ubuntu MATE. That doesn't mean that it's ONLY for users switching from other operating systems. It's also meant as a reference for everyone using Ubuntu MATE. However, if you are upgrading from Windows, OSX, or something else, you'll find that the suggestions we make for personalizing Ubuntu MATE will help you feel right at home with your new software for your computer.
I've written the book from the perspective that Ubuntu MATE is a typical modern Linux for the average user. I assume that our fictional "average user" is someone who needs to browse the Internet, check email, use a text editor or word processor, and maybe read and store document files. I don't forget about viewing and editing photos, watching videos, listening to music, and subscribing to podcasts. This book will help demystify Ubuntu MATE for new-comers, and provide a reference for all users of Linux.
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 OSX - for quite a while. If so, you are likely looking for new ways to optimize your technology for the way you work. This book is 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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