Linux/Unix Users' Tutorials, References and Other Documentation

Simon Hood

Unix --- General

User Interfaces

The most common user-interfaces/environments used with Linux are GNOME and KDE:

A smaller number use GNUstep, a derivative of Next's OpenStep, based on an Objective-C toolkit (rather than the awful C++) :

Free Books and other Substantial Documents

The following books and other substantial documents are available for free download:

Linux Distributions

Each Linux distribution comes with its own documentation:

Linux Documentation Project

For the most part Linux documentation comes in five forms: "READMEs", text files which come with installation files of an application; Guides --- longer, more in-depth books, HOW-TOs --- subject-specific help and FAQs --- Frequently Asked, and answered, Questions, and man pages --- help on individual commands (available on your machine!).

The Linux Documentation Project is an umbrella for the above. The following links are to the Manchester mirror. (The LDP is mirrored at the MCC.)


The Guides, include:

There are also some older, unmaintained guides including:


Linux HOWTOs are documents which describe in detail a certain aspect of configuring or using Linux. For example, there is the Installation HOWTO, which gives instructions on installing Linux, and the Mail Administrator HOWTO, which describes how to set up and configure mail under Linux.


The LDP provides some FAQs, here. There is also the Linux FAQ.

manP Pages

There are several source of man pages; there are at least two search interfaces too. This way.

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