Getting Help With Linux

So you've heard a lot about the power of Linux and you're eager to try it out for yourself. But where do you start?

These sources will almost certainly be able to fulfill any need you have in starting out with, or getting help on, a particular aspect of Linux. Yes, mastering Linux does require some effort, but the best things in life always do. That does not mean running Linux is any more difficult than non-free software or requires you to be a programmer—in fact, anyone can learn Linux! It's just that you do have to put some thought into the process, as you did when you learned to drive a car or to speak a foreign language. Those were worthwhile tasks, and you will find that the time spent learning Linux is, too.


Michael Stutz is a writer who frequently contributes to Wired News, on the Web at He is currently writing A GNU/Linux Cookbook for the Free Software Foundation, which describes how non-programmers can use GNU/Linux systems for their work. He can be reached via e-mail at