Simplify Your Life: the “Unity Orientation Guide” Revised

Simplify Your Life: the "Unity Orientation Guide" RevisedWith the release of Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS, the Ubuntu Vancouver Local Community (UVLC) has updated its guide to the Unity desktop. The fully revised “Unity Orientation Guide,” formerly “Simplify Your Life with Ubuntu Unity”, is available now.

To quote editor-in-chief and Ubuntu Buzz Generator Randall Ross,

  • If you’re new to Ubuntu, or Unity, or both, it’s definitely worth a read.
  • If you’ve just installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, then this guide is for you.
  • If you doubt that Unity is powerful and useful, we think this guide just might sway your opinion.

No matter what your familiarity is with Ubuntu, please share this guide with your neighbours, friends, and family members, especially those on the other side of the chasm!

The “Unity Orientation Guide” (for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) can be found on the simple web address:

It’s another stand-out job by the Vancouver team to produce a straight forward guide on a technical subject (I know, I’ve done them, including a Unity Guide for Full circle Magazine). Plaudits go to managing editor Charlene Tessier and the team of guest editors/proof-readers from Ubuntu Vancouver: Kip Warner, Joe Liau, Sighmon Butterfield, Lulu, Brock Riedell, Johann Tan, John Asbacher, and Kim Kulak.

On first glance, On first glance, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Simplify Your Life, is a lighter and much faster read than the original.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Simplify Your Life, is a lighter and much faster read than the original. It’s geared towards those learning and experiencing the Ubuntu Unity interface for the first time. Its’ focus is getting you oriented quickly and thus allowing you to get on with your day to day computer tasks.

It does what it says on the cover for the most part, with one odd decision to put the explanation of the Unity HUD (Head Up Display) at the back, when it really ought to go near the front just after the description of the Unity Dash. The HUD is a much trumpeted feature of 12.04, losing it in the back of the guide makes no sense. Otherwise, we heartily recommend it. RC

About Robin Catling

Robin Catling gained degrees in both arts and technology which led to a diverse portfolio of employment. A freelance systems analyst, project manager and business change manager for the likes of American Express, British Airways and IBM, he moved on to web design, journalism and technical authoring. He has also worked in film and television, both behind and in front of the camera, including productions by Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Ron Howard and Ridley Scott. A qualified three-weapon coach, he runs West Devon Swords teaching sports fencing to all age groups, and in recent years qualified with the British Federation of Historical Swordplay to teach medieval and renaissance combat in the Historical Western Martial Arts.


4 thoughts on “Simplify Your Life: the “Unity Orientation Guide” Revised

  1. Neat little book.

    Posted by K Proubec | Jun 6, 2012, 6:48 pm
  2. The link appears to be broken.

    Posted by Kent Madsen | Jun 15, 2012, 12:00 am
    • Kent: yep, the original link is gone. I was suspicious of a link that clearly points to somebody’s UbuntuOne account, and there we go… I have updated the link to a different one within the editorial circle (although as it’s on a WordPress blog, I’m not sanguine about this one either…) Thanks, RC

      Posted by Robin Catling | Jun 15, 2012, 12:31 am

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