Sources of Information

If you are new to the world of Linux, there are a number of resources to explore and become familiar with. Having access to the Internet is helpful, but not essential.

Red Hat’s Web Site

Your primary resource for information on Red Hat Linux is Red Hat’s web site at http://www.redhat.com. Red Hat’s web site includes more resources than can be mentioned here. Among the most important are:

The Red Hat Linux 7.2 support page

http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/howto/rhl72.html

At this site, you’ll find:

  • The Official Red Hat Linux Installation Guide

  • Hardware Compatibility Lists

  • The Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide

  • Red Hat Linux 7.2 Gotchas and Workarounds

  • Red Hat Linux 7.2 All Errata

  • Red Hat Linux FAQ

  • Red Hat Linux 7.2 Reference Guide

  • Red Hat Linux 7.2 Customization Guide

The redhat-install-list mailing list

http://www.redhat.com/mailing-lists

On this list, you can obtain installation assistance from members of the Red Hat Linux community.

Bugzilla is a database that lists possible bugs affecting Red Hat Linux. The database often gives fixes or workarounds for bugs.

Linux Documentation Project Guides

The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) is a group of volunteers who have worked to produce books (guides), HOWTO documents, and manual pages on topics ranging from installation to kernel programming. The LDP works include:

Linux Installation and Getting Started

By Matt Welsh et al. This book describes how to obtain, install, and use Linux. It includes an introductory Unix tutorial and information on systems administration, the X Window System, and networking.

Linux System Administrators Guide

By Lars Wirzenius and Joanna Oja. This book is a guide to general Linux system administration and covers topics such as creating and configuring users, performing system backups, configuring major software packages, and installing and upgrading software.

Linux System Adminstration Made Easy

By Steve Frampton. This book describes day-to-day administration and maintenance issues of relevance to Linux users.

Linux Programmers Guide

By B. Scott Burkett, Sven Goldt, John D. Harper, Sven van der Meer, and Matt Welsh. This book covers topics of interest to people who wish to develop application software for Linux.

The Linux Kernel

By David A. Rusling. This book provides an introduction to the Linux kernel, how it is constructed, and how it works. Take a tour of your kernel.

The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide

By Ori Pomerantz. This guide explains how to write Linux kernel modules.

More manuals are in development. For more information about the LDP, consult their World Wide Web server at http://www.linuxdoc.org or one of its many mirrors.

HOWTO documents

The Linux HOWTOs are a comprehensive series of papers detailing various aspects of the system, such as installation and configuration of the X Window System software or how to write in assembly language programming under Linux. These are generally located in the HOWTO subdirectory of the FTP sites listed later, or they are available on the World Wide Web at one of the many Linux Documentation Project mirror sites. See the file HOWTO-INDEX for a list of what’s available.

You might want to obtain the Installation HOWTO, which describes how to install Linux on your system; the Hardware Compatibility HOWTO, which contains a list of hardware known to work with Linux; and the Distribution HOWTO, which lists software vendors selling Linux on diskette and CD-ROM.

Linux Frequently Asked Questions

The Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers (FAQ) contains a wide assortment of questions and answers about the system. It is a must-read for all newcomers.

Documentation Available via FTP

If you have access to anonymous FTP, you can obtain all the previously listed Linux documentation from various sites, including http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/docs and ftp://tsx-11.mit.edu/pub/linux/docs.

These sites are mirrored by a number of sites around the world.

Documentation Available via WWW

There are many Linux-based WWW sites available. The home site for the Linux Documentation Project can be accessed at http://www.linuxdoc.org.

The Open Source Writers Guild (OSWG) is a project whose scope extends beyond Linux. The OSWG, like this book, is committed to advocating and facilitating the production of open source (http://www.opensource.org) documentation. The OSWG home site is at http://www.oswg.org:8080/oswg.

Both of these sites contain hypertext (and other) versions of many Linux-related documents.

Documentation Available Commercially

A number of publishing companies and software vendors publish the works of the Linux Documentation Project. Two such vendors are:

Specialized Systems Consultants, Inc. (SSC)
http://www.ssc.com
P.O. Box 55549 Seattle, WA 98155-0549
Phone: (206) 782-7733
Fax: (206) 782-7191
Email:
Linux Systems Labs
http://www.lsl.com
18300 Tara Drive
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (810) 987-8807
Fax: (810) 987-3562
Email:

Both companies sell compendiums of Linux HOWTO documents and other Linux documentation in printed and bound form. O’Reilly & Associates, Inc., publishes a series of Linux books, including:

Running Linux

This installation and user guide to the system describes how to get the most out of personal computing with Linux.

Linux in a Nutshell

Another in the successful “in a Nutshell” series, this book focuses on providing a broad reference text for Linux.

LPI Linux Certification in a Nutshell

While this book is geared toward junior-level system administrators who want to take the Linux Professional Institute’s exams for Level 1 Certification (LPIC-1), this book is also a great resource for new users, such as yourself.

Linux Journal and Linux Magazine

Linux Journal and Linux Magazine are monthly magazines for the Linux community, written and published by a number of Linux activists. They contain articles ranging from novice questions and answers to kernel programming internals. Even if you have Usenet access, these magazines are a good way to stay in touch with the Linux community.

Linux Journal is the older magazine and is published by SSC, Inc., for which details were listed previously. You can also find the magazine on the World Wide Web at http://www.linuxjournal.com.

Linux Magazine is a newer, independent publication. The home web site for the magazine is http://www.linuxmagazine.com.

Linux Usenet Newsgroups

If you have access to Usenet news, the following Linux-related newsgroups are available:

Red Hat-specific lists

linux.redhat.announce

Announcements by Red Hat.

linux.redhat.devel

For software developers using Red Hat Linux.

linux.redhat.install

Issues related to installation of Red Hat Linux.

linux-redhat.list

General Red Hat Linux issues.

linux.redhat.misc

General Red Hat Linux issues and advocacy.

linux.redhat.rpm

For Red Hat Package Manager (RPM).

General Linux topics

comp.os.linux.redhat, linux.redhat

Dedicated to addressing general questions related to Red Hat Linux.

comp.os.linux.admin

Administering Linux systems.

comp.os.linux.advocacy

Arguing the benefits of Linux in comparison to other operating systems.

comp.os.linux.announce

Moderated. Announcements of new software, distributions, bug reports, and goings-on in the Linux community. All Linux users should read this group. Submissions may be mailed to .

comp.os.linux.development

Discussions about developing the Linux kernel and system itself.

comp.os.linux.development.apps

Writing Linux applications and porting applications to Linux.

comp.os.linux.development.system

Linux kernels, device drivers, and modules.

comp.os.linux.embedded

Writing embedded systems using Linux.

comp.os.linux.hardware

Hardware compatibility with the Linux operating system.

comp.os.linux.help

Help in installing and using Linux.

comp.os.linux.misc

Topics not covered by other groups.

comp.os.linux.networking

Networking and communication.

comp.os.linux.portable

Linux on laptops and other portable computers.

comp.os.linux.questions

Questions and answers concerning Linux.

comp.os.linux.security

Security issues concerning Linux.

comp.os.linux.setup

Linux installation and system administration.

comp.os.linux.x

X servers, clients, libraries, and fonts.

There are also several newsgroups devoted to Linux in languages other than English, such as fr.comp.os.linux in French and de.comp.os.linux in German.

Linux Mailing Lists

There are a large number of specialist Linux mailing lists on which you can find many people willing to help with questions you might have.

The best known of these are the lists hosted by Rutgers University. You may subscribe to these lists by sending an email message formatted as follows:

To: majordomo@vger.rutgers.edu
Subject: anything at all
Body:

subscribe listname

Some of the available lists related to Linux networking are:

linux-net

Discussion relating to Linux networking

linux-ppp

Discussion relating to the Linux PPP implementation

linux-kernel

Discussion relating to Linux kernel development

Online Linux Support

There are many ways of obtaining help online, where volunteers from around the world offer expertise and services to assist users with questions and problems.

The OpenProjects IRC Network is an IRC network devoted entirely to open projects—open source and open hardware alike. Some of its channels are designed to provide online Linux support services. IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat, a network service that allows you to talk interactively on the Internet to other users. IRC networks support multiple channels on which groups of people talk. Whatever you type in a channel is seen by all other users of that channel.

There are a number of active channels on the OpenProjects IRC network where you will find users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who are willing and able to help you solve any Linux problems you may have or just chat. You can use this service by installing an IRC client like irc-II, connecting to servername irc.openprojects.org:6667, and joining the #linpeople channel.

Linux User Groups (LUGs)

Many Linux user groups around the world offer direct support to users, and many engage in activities such as installation days, talks and seminars, demonstration nights, and other completely social events. Linux user groups are a great way of meeting other Linux users in your area. There are a number of published lists of Linux user groups. Some of the better-known ones are:

Groups of Linux Users Everywhere

http://www.ssc.com/glue/groups

LUG list project

http://www.nllgg.nl/lugww

LUG registry

http://www.linux.org/users

Other Web Sites

The following are useful Linux-related web sites. Check them out to get the latest information about Linux. Perhaps the most useful is the home page of the Linux Documentation Project (LDP). There, you can find almost anything you want to know about Linux. The Linux Documentation Project web site includes a search engine that makes it easy to find what you need.

Eric S. Raymond’s Linux Reading List HOWTO

http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Reading-List-HOWTO/index.html

Linux Documentation Project

http://www.linuxdoc.org

Linux Gazette

http://www.linuxgazette.com

Linux Today

http://www.linuxtoday.com

Linux Web Ring

http://nll.interl.net/lwr

The Linux Web Ring offers a convenient way to explore a variety of Linux-related web sites. Participating web sites present links to one another; by following these links, you can circumnavigate the entire ring or you can use the Web Ring’s home page to seek exactly the sort of page you’re interested in.

Linux Weekly News

http://www.lwn.net

O’Reilly & Associates Linux DevCenter

http://linux.oreilly.com

Slashdot

http://www.slashdot.org

The motto of the Slashdot web site is “News for nerds. Stuff that matters.” You’ll find a great deal of interesting news and information there, concerning not only Linux, but the open source community and computing generally.

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