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on Sun, Aug 03, 2003 at 11:08:18PM -0500, Anil Gupte (anil-list@maxnetwork.com) wrote:
> Hi all!
> 
> I am resending this message because I forgot to change the topic on
> the last one.  Most lists want a hello message, so here it is:
> 
> I am newbie to Linux, and decide to throw my lot in with Debian.  I
> always learned by asking questions, so I hope you won't mind newbie
> questions here.  Otherwise let me know if there is any other list I
> should go to.

In general, questions pertaining to installing, configuring, upgrading,
repairing, or utilizing Debian are on topic here.  As well as extended
discussions on numerous topics including but not limited to the Debian
Project and SPI (Debian's parent organization), America's Army, and
the absurdities of Challenge-Response spam filtering systems.

There are a number of other mailing lists associated with specific
sub-topics of Debian, see http://www.debian.org/MailingLists/

> Any pointers, web sites, books etc. will be appreciated.  I already
> have Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 Unleashed, and a couple of machines someone
> installed for me that I am putzing with.

The Debian website itself is your starting point.  In particular:

    http://www.debian.org/doc/

    ...especially:

    The FAQ:  http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debian-faq/index.en.html

    The Install Manual:
    http://www.debian.org/releases/stable/i386/install

    The APT Howto (describes the packaging system):
    http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/index.en.html

    Knowing that the Policy Manual exists is a good thing as well.:
    http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/

    Policy is what determines what is or isn't allowed, for Debian
    developers, to do within the Debian GNU/Linux distirbution.  It
    makes your role as a system administrator _far_ simpler than that
    for any other GNU/Linux distribution.


There is a trove of useful documentation in Debian itself.  I'd
recommend:

    apt-get install dwww doc-linux-html debian-reference-en rutebook

...then point your browser at http://localhost/dwww/

I list a few hardcopy sources at:

    http://kmself.home.netcom.com/Linux/FAQs/linux-books.html

Rick Moen's Debian tips are useful:

    http://www.linuxmafia.com/debian/tips 

Peace.

-- 
Karsten M. Self <kmself@ix.netcom.com>        http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
 What Part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?
    "This must be Thursday," said Arthur musing to himself, sinking low
    over his beer, "I never could get the hang of Thursdays."
    -- HHGTG

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