Recently I read the book "Ubuntu for Non-Geeks, 2nd Edition: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook" from Rickford Grant.
Rickford Grant's approach to teaching Linux in this book is user-friendliness. Rest assured, you will have a most understanding, patient, and genial guide as you embark upon this Linux adventure.
Full of tips, tricks, and helpful pointers, the book is a hands-on, project-based, take-it-slow guidebook intended for those interested in - but nervous about - switching to the Linux operating system. Step-by-step projects build upon earlier tutorial concepts, helping you absorb and apply what you've learned.
Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks covers all the topics likely to be of interest to an average desktop user. Inside, you'll learn to:
* Download and install free applications, games, and utilities
* Connect to the Internet and wireless networks
* Configure your hardware, including printers, scanners, and removable storage devices
* Watch DVDs, listen to music, and even sync your iPod
* Download photos and videos from your digital camera, then edit and share them
* Tackle more advanced tasks as soon as you're ready
Whether you're new to computers, looking for a painfree way to make the Linux switch, or just want a low-cost alternative to Windows, Ubuntu is for you. The book from Rickford Grant explains tech concepts in an inviting and effective style - less like an instructor and more like an easygoing friend who doesn't mind answering your questions. It is the perfect companion to your Ubuntu Linux adventures. Full recommendation from me.