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Open SUSE® 11.0 and SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Server Bible by Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker

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Chapter 5. Documentation

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Using the SUSE manuals

  • Using man and info pages

  • Using the SUSE Help Center

  • Package documentation

  • Reviewing Linux Documentation Project resources

  • Finding help online

One fairly widespread misconception about Linux is that it is not well documented. Along with this, many people still have preconceptions about open source software. They believe that proprietary systems come with copious glossy manuals, but that Linux requires you to be a programmer who can read the source code to understand the system.

The truth is much more refreshing and interesting. In our experience, it is usually much easier to find relevant and specific information about Linux and open source software than about proprietary products. The spirit of open source means that there are a variety of sources of "good" information about the software—from official documentation provided by commercial vendors to mailing lists, newsgroup postings, and other ephemeral information.

Finding Help on Your SUSE System

Although this chapter surveys a whole spectrum of information sources about SUSE Linux and associated utilities, we will start with documentation that you can find on your system or in your purchased package of SUSE Linux, including the official SUSE documentation.

The SUSE Manuals

Your copy of openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server comes with official documentation that which can be installed to disk and (if you wish) printed.

When installed, the manuals ...

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