Appendix A. Sources of Linux Information
This appendix contains information on various online sources of Linux
information. While all of these documents are available electronically
from the Internet or BBS systems, many are also
available in printed form. Many Linux distributions also include much of this
documentation in the distribution itself, so after you have installed
Linux, these files may be present on your system.
The Bibliography lists a number of books and other
materials that relate to topics we have discussed in this book.
The best place for free documentation on Linux is the Linux
Documentation Project site, which Matt Welsh set up. The URL for the main site is:
but there are many mirror sites around the world, one of which may be
more convenient for you because it's closer or has less traffic. The
site contains all of the online Linux documents, manuals,
HOWTOs, and pointers to many other locations.
A.1. Online Documents
These documents should be available on any of the Linux
FTP archive sites. If you do not have direct
access to FTP, you will probably also find them on
any decent Linux distribution CD-ROM.
In particular, the following documents may be found on ftp://metalab.unc.edu in the directory
/pub/Linux/docs. Many sites mirror this
directory; however, if you're unable to locate a mirror site near you,
this is a good one to fall back on. HOWTOs and Linux Documentation
Project manuals are listed in the Bibliography,
which also lists other useful documents:
- The Linux Frequently Asked Questions List
The Linux Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) list is
a list of common questions (and answers!) about Linux. This document
is meant to provide a general source of information about Linux,
common problems and solutions, and a list of other sources of
information. Every new Linux user should read this document. It is
available in a number of formats, including plain
ASCII, PostScript, and Lout typesetter format. The
Linux FAQ is maintained by Robert Kiesling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Linux META-FAQ
The META-FAQ is a collection of
"metaquestions" about Linux--that is, sources of
information about the Linux system and other general topics. It is a
good starting place for the Internet user wishing to find more
information about the system. It is maintained by Michael K. Johnson at
- The Linux INFO-SHEET
The Linux INFO-SHEET is a technical introduction to the Linux system. It
gives an overview of the system's features and available software and
also provides a list of other sources of Linux information. The format and
content is similar in nature to the META-FAQ; incidentally, it is also
maintained by Michael K. Johnson.
- The Linux Software Map
The Linux Software Map (LSM) is a list of many
applications available for Linux--where to get them, who maintains
them, and so forth. The list is far from complete; to compile a
complete list of Linux software would be nearly impossible. However,
it does include many of the most popular Linux software packages. If
you can't find a particular application to suit your needs, the
LSM is a good place to start. The LSM is maintained by
Aaron Schrab at Aaron.Schrab@execpc.com.
- The Linux HOWTO Index
The Linux HOWTOs are a collection of "how
to" documents, each describing in detail a certain aspect of the
Linux system. They are maintained by the Linux Documentation Project
and the current maintainer can be reached through the email alias
HOWTO Index lists the available
HOWTO documents; see the Bibliography for a partial list of
- Other online documents
If you browse the docs subdirectory of any Linux
FTP site, you'll see many other documents that are
not listed here: a slew of FAQs, interesting
tidbits, and other important information. This miscellany is difficult
to categorize here; if you don't see what you're looking for on this
list, just take a look at one of the Linux archive sites.
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