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5 things all new users to Ubuntu should know

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This is the guide I wish I had that cold november morning 6 months ago when I installed Ubuntu for the first time.

It’s a guide with those informations you can’t avoid to learn at some time or another using Ubuntu.

The guide is not written to reveal new amazing things you have never heard of before. Instead the primary goal is to ease the first steep learning period a little, by provinding links and describtions of things that you ought to know.

So read on, you might learn something you didn’t know, and if not I don’t think you will waste your time anyway.

As the heading indicates, this guide contains 5 topics that I intent to write a few words about. So let’s get started. The first and most important thing you really need to know is of course the Terminal:

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