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, 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 8.0 support page
There, you'll find:
The Official Red Hat Linux Installation Guide
Hardware Compatibility Lists
The Official Red Hat Linux Getting Started Guide
Red Hat Linux 8.0 All Errata
Red Hat Linux FAQ
Red Hat Linux 8.0 Reference Guide
Red Hat Linux 8.0 Customization Guide
- The redhat-install-list mailing list
Here, you can obtain installation assistance from members of the Red
Hat Linux community. Other mailing lists available via this page
provide information and assistance useful after
you've successfully installed Red Hat Linux.
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. More manuals are in
development. For more information about the LDP, consult their web
server at http://www.tldp.org or
one of its many mirrors. 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
- The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide
By Ori Pomerantz. This guide explains how to write Linux kernel
- 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 Web at one
of the many Linux Documentation Project mirror sites. See the file
HOWTO-INDEX for a list of
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
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 the Web
There are many
Linux-based web sites available. The home site for the Linux
Documentation Project can be accessed at http://www.tldp.org. You can find other
useful Linux web sites by using a web search engine, such as
Linux-powered Google (http://www.google.com).
Documentation Available Commercially
Associates publishes a series of Linux books. They include:
- 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
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
Linux Magazine is a newer,
independent publication. The home web site for the magazine is
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 Freenode 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
and is 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.freenode.net:6667, and joining the
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
- Groups of Linux Users Everywhere
- LUG registry
Other Web Sites
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.
- Linux Documentation Project
- Linux Gazette
- Linux Today
- Linux Web Ring
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
- O'Reilly & Associates Linux/Unix Center
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