Learning Debian GNU/LinuxBy Bill McCarty
1st Edition September 1999
1-56592-705-2, Order Number: 7052
360 pages, $34.95 , Includes CD-ROM
If your system fails to boot, or if you're unable to complete the Linux installation process, don't despair. The help you need is probably close by, in one of these sources:
The following sections describe these sources and explain how to access and use them. You should generally consult them in the order specified.
The Debian Web site, http://www.debian.org/, is your main source for information on Debian GNU/Linux. It provides documents, links, and resources galore.
Linux FAQs present commonly asked questions and answers. The Debian GNU/Linux FAQ is available online at http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/. You can also find it on the CD-ROM that accompanies this book, in the /doc/FAQ directory. The Linux FAQ is available at http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/FAQ/Linux-FAQ-1.html.
Linux HOWTOs address specific topics of interest to Linux users. They're found in the /usr/doc/HOWTO direcotry of an installed Debian GNU/Linux system. You can also find them online at http://metalab.unc.edu/linux/intro.html. At this point in your Linux experience, you'll probably find the Installation-HOWTO useful. Use it to find workarounds for your installation and configuration problems.
The HOWTOs are generally available in plain text format. You can use Microsoft Windows WordPad, or another text editor of your choice, to access them.
Several Internet mailing lists address Debian GNU/Linux. You can find a list of these at http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/subscribe/. Among the most useful mailing lists are these:
The main mailing list for Debian GNU/Linux users and developers.
Issues related to installing, updating and using Debian GNU/Linux on laptop computers.
Issues related to booting Debian GNU/Linux.
Important announcements directed to the Debian GNU/Linux community.
Issues related to security, including fixes to security problems.
Information on commercial products related to Debian GNU/Linux.
General news about Debian GNU/Linux and the Debian project.
Changes to Debian GNU/Linux releases are published here.
Several Internet newsgroups address Linux. You can find a list of these at http://metalab.unc.edu/linux/intro.html. If your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides access to these newsgroups - as most do - you can read and post messages read by other Linux users around the world. If necessary, consult your ISP for information on accessing these newsgroups.
Don't post blindly to these newsgroups, or you may draw angry responses; instead, you should first attempt to find answers to your questions in the Linux FAQs and HOWTOs. Generally, the Linux community is quite willing to help even those who ask what some consider dumb questions; but, as a courtesy to all, it's best if you do some work on your own before seeking the help of others.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) lets you exchange typed messages in real time with people from all over the world. The server irc.debian.org provides an IRC channel dedicated to Debian GNU/Linux. To connect to the server, you must have an installed IRC client such as BitchX, ircII, tkirc, or Zircon. If you're having trouble getting Debian GNU/Linux installed or configured, you can use a Windows-based IRC client to chat with Debian users, who can likely help you resolve your problem.
Connect to the server by typing:/server irc.debian.org
Then join channel #debian by typing:/join #debian
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