1.5. More In-Depth Linux Documentation

There is an enormous amount of written material about every aspect concerning Linux and GNU. Online you'll find full in-depth books with +1000 pages, and shorter 1/2 DIN A4 pages. Your local bookstore should probably have at least 100 Linux relevant book titles available.

1.5.1. Documentation and Help Pages Already Installed

Almost all programs and commands on your system come with a help page. These pages are available from the command line, like man ssh which gives you this:

SSH(1)                  System General Commands Manual                  SSH(1)

     ssh - OpenSSH SSH client (remote login program)

     ssh [-l login_name] hostname | user@hostname [command]

     ssh [-afgknqstvxACNPTX1246] [-b bind_address] [-c cipher_spec]
         [-e escape_char] [-i identity_file] [-l login_name] [-m mac_spec]
         [-o option] [-p port] [-F configfile] [-L port:host:hostport] [-R
         port:host:hostport] [-D port] hostname | user@hostname [command]

     ssh (SSH client) is a program for logging into a remote machine and for
     executing commands on a remote machine.  It is intended to replace rlogin
     and rsh, and provide secure encrypted communications between two
     untrusted hosts over an insecure network.  X11 connections and arbitrary
     TCP/IP ports can also be forwarded over the secure channel.

     ssh connects and logs into the specified hostname.  The user must prove
     his/her identity to the remote machine using one of several methods
     depending on the protocol version used:
They are also available graphically in Konqueror by writing in the address field man:ssh

1.5.2. This Document as a pdf-File

The html document that you are currently reading is also available in other formats, including pdf and plain text.

The document as plain text

The document as a pdf-file.

The document as one long html-file.

1.5.3. Skåne Sjælland Linux User Group, Friheden til at skrive bøger(Freedom to Write Books)

This is a Danish Linux User Group,(LUG - Linux User Group). They have about 1830 pages of very well-written Linux documentation- all in Danish. All of these pages can be downloaded or read online in various formats, such as html, ps, pdf, Palm Pilot.

These pages are organised into 15 different books; all available from Skåne Sjælland Linux User Group

1.5.4. The Linux Documentation Project

More in-depth books and guides are located in "The Linux Documentation Project"- all in English,as well as other languages.

The Linux Documentation Project


A lot of already available documentation is ready to be installed on your Skolelinux/Debian-edu machine. Have a look at what is available with

apt-cache search ldp

and also

apt-cache search documentation | more

scroll down the list with the spacebar, and install what you find interesting with the command

apt-get install packagename

if I wanted to install the package doc-linux-html I would issue the command

apt-get install doc-linux-html

look at section Section 8.9 for more on howto install additional packages

1.5.5. Manuals for OpenOffice.org

The Norwegian Board of Education (Læringssenteret) have published small, handy manuals, in Norwegian for the different components of OpenOffice.org, such as Writer, Impress, Calc, Draw and the HTML-editor.

These manuals can be downloaded individually, or together (211 pages), from the Board of Education's web page at OpenOffice.org user manual


This kind of OpenOffice.org material also exists in your language.

1.5.6. LTSP, Linux Thin Client Server Project(LTSP)

The cornerstone to a well-functioning Skolelinux/Debian-edu is the thin client. In order to get these thin clients running smoothly, there is a good piece of documentation, which is already translated into several languages, Linux Terminal Server Project