A whole new world
Being the most popular distribution of GNU/Linux for several years now, Ubuntu is increasingly often the first experience of linux that someone will have. I felt like Santa Claus at work the other day, handing out a half dozen free copies of Ubuntu to my associates who are somewhat computer savvy enough to be interested. I can imagine all these millions of new Ubuntu users around the world who are going to try this new thing out for the first time, and enter a whole new world of computing. What they do know about computers (often a fair amount) can be entirely based on their experience of using Microsoft Windows.
Where do you even begin? How do you know what software package(s) to install, out of the thousands that are available? Here are some quick reviews and introductions to some of the top packages you can install in Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu Guide : all you really need to get started.
The Linux Desktop: 13 things you should do immediately after installing Ubuntu
The top 200 most downloaded applications fpr ‘Gnome’, the window manager in ubuntu.
Beginning Ubuntu for $30 you can buy a great 600 page guide.