Where to Turn for Help

As Linux is developed by members of the Internet community, the best place to get help is probably by posting a message to any of the following newsgroups:

Miscellaneous postings not covered by other groups

comp.os.linux.misc

Networking-related issues under Linux

comp.os.linux.networking

Security-related issues under Linux

comp.os.linux.security

Linux installation & system administration

comp.os.linux.setup

Everybody is entitled to their opinion :-p

alt.linux.sux

For non Linux-specific topics, there are a variety of groups in the comp.* heirarchy that may suit your needs. Here are just a few of them:

Cisco router/access-server line of products

comp.dcom.sys.cisco

Miscellaneous web server questions

comp.infosystems.www.servers.misc

General unix (not Linux-specific) questions

comp.os.unix

The SMB protocol (WfW/95/NT-style file/print services)

comp.protocols.smb

There are also several resources on the Web that may be useful. Do a web search for “Linux”, or visit any of the following:

Linux Resources

http://www.linuxresources.com/

The Linux Documentation Project

http://metalab.unc.edu/LDP/

The RPM repository

http://rufus.w3.org/linux/RPM/

The Linux Software Map

http://www.boutell.com/lsm

Linux Applications & Utilities Guide

http://www.xnet.com/~blatura/linapps.shtml

LinuxHardware.net: Hardware Driver Support

http://www.linuxhardware.net/

Linux User Support Team

http://www.ch4549.org/lust

The Linux v2 Information Headquarters

http://www.linuxhq.com/

The Samba Home Page (WfW/95/NT-style file/print services)

http://samba.anu.edu.au/samba/

The Apache Web Server

http://www.apache.org/

The Squid HTTP Proxy Caching Daemon

http://squid.nlanr.net/Squid/

There are a myriad of mailing lists that may prove helpful in providing answers to your questions as well. These can usually be found through a simple web search (for example, searching for ``linux raid mailing list'' might help you find mailing lists devoted to RAID issues under Linux). Here are some I recommend; to subscribe to any of these lists, simply send an e-mail message to the subscription address listed with the word “subscribe” in the body of your message:

Red Hat Mailing Lists

Description of available Red Hat lists: http://www.redhat.com/

GNOME Mailing Lists

Description of available GNOME lists: http://www.gnome.org/mailing-lists/index.shtml

KDE Mailing Lists

Description of available KDE lists: http://www.kde.org/contact.html

Linux SCSI Mailing List

Subscription address: [email protected]

Linux RAID Mailing List

Subscription address: [email protected]

Finally, you may be interested in checking out the following two sites, both of which are my personal “daily must read” favorites. SlashDot covers the latest technology news in general with a definite Linux slant, while FreshMeat provides an up-to-date listing of Open Source applications announcements.

SlashDot: News For Nerds

http://slashdot.org/

FreshMeat: Open Source Applications Announcements

http://freshmeat.net/