My intention in creating this book was to provide a simple transition from your old OS to Ubuntu Linux. I'll cover things such as installation shortly, but the majority of the book has to do with working (and playing) in your new Ubuntu Linux environment. I want to show you how to do the things you have grown used to doing: surfing the Net, writing emails, listening to music, printing, burning CDs, and so on. Furthermore, I am going to tell you how to take those Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and music files you have collected over time and start using them with Linux. In short, my plan is to have you move as effortlessly as possible from your old OS to Linux.
Working your way through the chapters, you'll notice that I am constantly inviting you to try things. That's because I believe the best way to learn anything is by doing. Yes, you're going to learn to work with a new operating system, but it doesn't mean you can't have fun. As everyone knows, all work and no play will make anyone pretty dull. Later in this book (in an effort to avoid dullness), I'll take you into the world of Linux fun and games.