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·  What is this site about?
·  Who is the target audience?
·  Will I be lead step-by-step through every aspect of my system?
·  What distribution are you using?
·  Who are you?
·  How can I keep current with changes to the Tutorial?
·  What happened to the Linux-Windows Debate?

·  What is this site about?

In essence, this site is my contribution to the Internet community and to the world, in general. I wish to help as many people as I can in as many different ways as possible. To this end, I am providing (hopefully) useful information and a way for you to help, too. I am hoping that if you find this site useful you will make a contribution to the Jessie Arbogast Medical Fund.

So, if you are looking for an in-depth and easy to understand introduction to Linux, then this is the place. Here you will find over 300 articles on a wide range of Linux-related topics, glossary definitions, links to more information as well as a "Test Your Knowledge" sections with hundreds questions and answers. If you want, you can jump right into the Tutorial by clicking here.

This site offers in-depth information on a wide range of topics suitable for beginners, as well as advanced users. Here you will find information about:

  • Using the Linux shell.
  • Editing and manipulating files and directories.
  • Operating system basics, as well as internals of the Linux kernel.
  • System administration, including starting and stopping the system, creating users and groups, managing printers, and system logging.
  • Networking using TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, Samba and many more protocols and services.
  • Hardware basics and managing youtr hardware with Linux.
  • System monitoring and troubleshooting.
  • Linux system security.
  • Unlocking the treasure chest of information already on your system.
  • and much, much more

The Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial is not just a handful of loosely related articles, which deal only with a few specific aspects of your Linux system. Instead, the Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial is a highly integrated knowledge base, with each object linked to other related objects. For example, each page as a number of specially marked terms and phrases, whose definition appears in a popup when you move your mouse over them. Clicking the links brings you to a glossary page with the definition, related terms, as well as a list of other pages in the tutorial on which this term appears. The same applies to commands and utilities. Each page also as a list of "more info" links that is specific to that page. With the exception of the articles themselves, all of the information is stored within a MySQL database, allowing for efficient and speedy access to all of the knowledge the system offers.

That's not all!

This is not just a basic introduction to Linux, showing how to execute a handful of commands and use a few utilities. The Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial goes beyond the basics, providing you with the information necessary to get the most out of your Linux system.

Need a answer to a specific question? Then check out our forums. The members will do their best to help you to answer your question, solve your problem, or at least point you in the right direction.

There are currently over 600 questions and answers, with more being added all the time. These questions are either true/false or multiple choice and you are immediately presented with the correct answer. Whether you answer the question correctly or not, you are provided a link to the page where the topic was discussed, thus giving you direct access to more details.

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·  Who is the target audience?

This site is basically for beginners, although intermediate and advanced users will probably learn something. The intended audience is users who are new to Linux with little or no UNIX experience, especially those coming from a Windows or DOS background. Therefore, I will probably explain things that intermediate and advanced users take for granted, although some of them might think I am being too simplistic. However, my experience from years of reading newsgroups and mailing lists is that so often things that intermediate and advanced users take for granted are those things that trip up new users.

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·  Will I be lead step-by-step through every aspect of my system?

Short and sweat: No. My goal is to provide users the necessary information to be able work with Linux on their own, without the continuous hand-holding which seems to be the norm for most Windows users. Although I do go through step-by-step for many aspects of the system, this will typically be for more important aspects of the system with the goal of understanding how Linux works. 1:Where does all of the information come from?:Much of the information on my site is taken from already published material, so you are getting most of the same information as you would from one of my books. In fact, there is information from several different books, all for free. Since I am not a programmer, this is my way of contributing to the Internet community. If you find this information useful, I ask you to make a donation to the Jessie Arbogast Medical Fund.

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·  What distribution are you using?

The material is based on SuSE 9.0 and later, and I am currently (March 2007) running SUSE 10.0 and SUSE Enterprise 10. I am trying to include references to any differences between the various distributions.However, I do not have access to every distribution and the process is really time consuming. If you can help, please let me know. If you are not sure what distribution to try out, take a look at OS Heaven.net. They have a number of different distributions at a very low cost.

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·  Who are you?

Many of you may be asking "Who is this bozo, anyway?" All I can say is, "We're all bozos on this bus." However, I do have a few credentials to back me up. First, I am a network and systems administrator for the largest developer of on-line brokering software in Germany. We are also systems integrators, whereby we create and implement the datacenters for online banks. We use a wide range of Sun Solaris machines, Windows NT and, of course, Linux.

My last job was for a large German manufacturer, where we had over 700 WFW/Win9x/WinNT machines in two dozen countries (400 in the main office where I was). Each foreign office had its own NT server and in some cases there were two servers. Depending on the size of the office, we were running on DEC Alpha servers. Some offices were their own NT domains, while some were simply backup domain controllers for the company wide domain. Being a native American and speaking English better than the others, I ended up going to the other offices and installing their NT networks. Since I was also the help desk coordinator there and at my present company, I have to deal with the problems created by NT on a daily basis.

As for my UNIX experience, I worked in the SCO Tech Support department for four years (when it really was a software company and litigation was not its reason for being). In addition to the NT machines at my last job, we had two dozen UNIX servers and workstations. (Why not just have NT servers? NT doesn't run on machines large enough to handle the load.) At the new job we are running a number of different types of Sun machines, including E450 clusters.

In addition to this, I am also a writer. I have written six books and I am working on a seventh. My work has also appeared in various magazines, such as Byte, Linux Magazine (US/Europe, Windows NT/2000 Magazine and SCO World. A complete list of my published work is also available.

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·  How can I keep current with changes to the Tutorial?

The Tutorial sends out a newsletter with news and information about changes and additions, much of which is not announced on the home pages. Please sign up by logging into your account and clicking the Your Info link under Your Account.

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·  What happened to the Linux-Windows Debate?

I was not able to spend the necessary time on it, so I felt the honest thing to do was to deactivate it. Although Microsoft is well known for using outdated and inaccurate information, I decided that it would not serve Linux by including it. If you would like to help out the Linux Tutorial by bringing the debate up-to-date, please let us know using the standard feedback form.

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