Linux
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Welcome to Linux.  Here you will find all manner of resources including a listing of Linux commands, a forum for discussion about Linux, a chat room and much more.  Feel free to contact me with ideas about this site while I try to keep this site original I am also looking for ways to improve it and your feed back will be appreciated.  There is also a Linux mailing list that recieves a monthly newsletter you can either subscribe and recieve it by email or download it directly from here.

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This section lets you quickly find what your looking for.  You can either scroll through the site in the usual manner or you can simply click on one of the links below to go to the related section then simply click on the Quick Find link (lower left corner of each section) to get back here.
 Why Use Linux
 Linux Commands
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 Linux Extras (Extra Modules you can add on)
 The Linux Forum
 The Linux Chat
 Sign or View the Guest Book
 The History of Linux
 How to get Linux
 Installing Linux
 Linux Related Newsgroups
 Linux Related Links
 The E-code Newsletter (Linux newsletter and mailing list)
 Linux News and Gossip
 Why Not Link to this Site


Why Use Linux
Linux is a multi-user,multitasking, very stable and very secure operating system that allows you to take full control of your computer.  While Linux is good for multi-users it also serves very well as a stand alone system.  You can tailor Linux to do just about anything you want.
The stability of Linux is very good how many times has Windows crashed on you lately and why should you have to reboot every time you do virtually anything to the system.  If you change anything under Linux the effects are emediate with no need to reboot.  This can save time and effort having to log in again and again.
Linux is simply more powerful and alot more stable than alot of other operating systems.  Considering you can install Linux on a computer along side your existing operating system such as Windows and boot into either you have nothing to loose by trying Linux out for yourself.  I am sure once you try it and get used to Linux you will keep Linux as a valuable tool in your computer.
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Linux Commands
There are lots of commands used in Linux some of them are very similar to those used in DOS others are different.  The following list of commands is just a sample of some Linux Commands there are many more but these should get you started.  Simply type help or use the man feature to get help on a particular command e.g man cp will give you the manual page for the cp command showing all the switches and giving an explaination of its use.  Linux is very powerful and has a large vovabulary of commands and switches to do various things and often more than one way to do one thing.  This means Linux is open to personal preference as to how you prefer to do some things.
 

cp   This is the copy command e.g copy filling hydro  This will copy the file filling and call it hydro
       You can specify paths to copy to other directories.
du       Disk Usage  This displays how much memory is being used by each directory below in level
                               to your current directory.  For example if you run it fromt he root directory
                               it will show the size of every directory including any mounted directories.  The
                               size will be shown in units of 1k.
head    Will show the begining of a file.  For example head filling will show the first ten lines of the
            file named filling.  You can specify how many lines to show (by defaul this is set to ten) by
            including something similar to head -15 filling will show the first fifteen lines of the file filling.
mkdir   This command will make a directory.  e.g  mkdir hello  this will create the directory hello
mv   This is the move command it will move a file from one location to another
        e.g mv filling /home/hhtp/filling
pwd    Print Working Directory   This will display the path of the directory your are currently in.
rm   This command will delete files e.g rm extrastuff    This will delete the file named extrastuff
rmdir  This command deletes directories e.g rmdir hello will remove the directory named hello
tail       This is similar to the head command only it shows the last lines of a file for example
            tail filling will show the last ten lines of the file named filling.  Again the amount of lines can
            be altered by typing something similar to tail -20 filling to display the last 20 lines of the
            file named filling.

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Linux Extras
There are lots of extra modules for linux such as Netscape Communicator (and Navigator), GIMP (graphics and image design), Word Perfect 7 and lots more.  Alot of these come with the various packages available for Linux and most of them are free of charge.

The GIMP
A very good graphics and image program.  Similar to Abode or Photoshop for Windows only The GIMP is free of charge and readily available on the internet for downloading and upgrading.
 The Gimp

Netscape Composer/Navigator
This is a very good web browser that is virtually the same as the Netscape for Windows alot of people prefer Netscape as there browser so it is nice to see it is readily available for Linux.  You can download the source code from the Netscape home site.
 Netscape
 

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Linux Forum

This forum is open for public discussion about Linux.  Simply select the link below and and another window will open up with the Linux forum.  You can post messages or read what is already posted by others.  Simply close the forum window to get back here.  This service is free and open for all.

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Linux Chat Room
This chat room is open to the public for general chatting.  Simply click the link below to open another window in which the chat room will appear.  Simply close the chat room window to get back here and end the chat (you should log out first).
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Guest Book
Why not sign my Guest Book and let me know your comments?
You can also view the messages left by others.

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A short History of Linux

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Good Linux Related Links
 Linux Related Newsgroups
 Linux on IRC

Linux User Groups
 

Linux Related Newsgroups
Here are some good linux newsgroups.  There are of course hundreds more and if you know any other good newsgroups let me know so I can check them out.
alt.linux
alt.os.linux
aus.computers.linux
comp.os.linux
linux.apps.*
linux.debian.*
linux.dev.*
linux.redhat.*

Linux Web Sites

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Devian
 Devian

Linux On IRC
There are many IRC servers around.  Here are a few of them to try out.  If you want to add one here that you feel is good let me know in an email.  Send the server address (including the ports used) and the channel name.
 

irc.linux.org.au     Port 6667 #linuxaus
. . .
#linpeople
. . .
#debian
. . .
#humbug
efnet.telstra.net.au     Port 6667 #linux
sydney.oz.org     Port 6667 #linux

 
 

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How to Get Linux
Free Packages
Linux is free in its pure form however several packages are available that include extra applications for Linux and customer support.  Most of these packages are available at a cost however you can get free packages as well but you will not recieve any support or guarantee if you do so.  Some of the best free packages available are Red Hat (very easy to install) and Devian.  These are two I have tried and found to work very well.  You can also build your own Linux by downloading the various modules from the internet or obtaining copies from various sources.  Though it is a bit more difficult to build your own Linux platform it is a great way to learn all about how Linux works.

What is the Best Package Available?
This is a difficult question to answer.  There are alot of very good Linux packages available the best ones I have tried are Red Hat, Devian, Caldera, Sues and Slackware.  These are easy to install and have very good resources on the web.  Mind you there are many other Linux packages I haven't tried that are very good if you know any good ones let me know.

Which Linux Package Do Your Use?
Why not let me know what Linux Package you use and you opinion of it (email me).

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How to Install Linux

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Newsgroups

There are thousands of newsgroups relating to Linux I have include just a few here that I consider to be good newsgroups for the general Linux user.  If you know any others let me know.  Thanks.

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The E-Code Newsletter.
Here you will find a regular Linux related newsletter with articles, news, ideas and lots more.  Simply down load the file directly from here (text or HTML) or subscribe and recieve it via email on a regular basis.  Why not contribute something to the newsletter.  You can write short articles, scripts, send in suggestions, ideas, links or anything else you feel may be of interest to other Linux users.
Note:  No guarantee is given that all the links will work in the HTML version
Click Here to download the most recent newsletter (text only)
Click Here to download the most recent newsletter (HTML)

Older Versions of the Newsletter
sorry no older versions available at this point

Alternatively you email me with the request to subscribe and recieve the newsletter in an email.
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Linux News and Gossip
This section will contain news articles and stories about Linux

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