Scanning the Networks






Scanning the Networks

If your system is connected to the Internet or if you have dial-up access to an Internet provider, you can connect to Usenet, a gigantic distributed online bulletin board system described at http://net.gurus.com/usenet, and also available on the Web at http://groups.google.com/. Because many systems on Usenet are running on UNIX systems, Usenet has a great deal of discussion of UNIX issues and questions.

Your basic UNIX news

Usenet discussions are loosely organized into about 10,000 topic areas, or newsgroups. Figure lists some newsgroups that discuss UNIX topics.

Figure: UNIX-Related Newsgroups

Group

Description

comp.unix.admin

UNIX system administration.

comp.unix.advocacy

Arguments about how wonderful UNIX is.

comp.unix.aix

AIX, the IBM version of UNIX.

comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.announce

Announcements about the FreeBSD version of UNIX.

comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.misc

Discussions of FreeBSD.

comp.unix.bsd.misc

Various BSD versions of UNIX.

comp.unix.bsd.netbsd.announce

Announcements about the NetBSD version of UNIX.

comp.unix.bsd.netbsd.misc

Discussions of NetBSD.

comp.unix.bsd.openbsd.announce

Announcements about the OpenBSD version of UNIX.

comp.unix.bsd.openbsd.misc

Discussions of OpenBSD.

comp.unix.cde

Discussions of the Common Desktop Environment.

comp.unix.dos-under-unix

Running MS-DOS programs under UNIX.

comp.unix.internals

The technical internals of UNIX.

comp.unix.large

UNIX on large systems.

comp.unix.misc

Random UNIX discussions.

comp.unix.programmer

Programming on UNIX.

comp.unix.questions

Questions about UNIX. The best place to ask questions. Look at articles first to see whether someone has just asked the same question.

comp.unix.shell

UNIX shells.

comp.unix.solaris

The Sun Solaris version of UNIX.

comp.unix.wizards

Technical discussions among UNIX wizards.

comp.security.unix

UNIX security issues.

Just for Linux

 Linux  Because Linux is so popular, Figure lists a bunch of discussion groups of its own.

Figure: Linux-Related Newsgroups

Group

Description

comp.os.linux.advocacy

Discussions of how great Linux is

comp.os.linux.announce

Announcements of new versions of Linux

comp.os.linux.answers

Answers to frequently asked questions; a good place to look

comp.os.linux.development.apps

Development of application programs

comp.os.linux.development.system

Development of the underlying Linux system

comp.os.linux.hardware

Making Linux work with various kinds of hardware

comp.os.linux.misc

Linux discussions that don’t fit anywhere else

comp.os.linux.networking

Networking issues

comp.os.linux.portable

Linux OS on portable PCs

comp.os.linux.setup

Setting up Linux

comp.os.linux.x

X Windows on Linux

linux.redhat.install

Help on (or at least a great deal of complaining about) installing Red Hat Linux

On the Web

Sites with information about UNIX and Linux have been proliferating on the World Wide Web at an astonishing rate. Point your Web browser at any of the useful, colorful, frequently updated sites in this section.

UNIX OS

  • FreeBSD: All about FreeBSD at www.freeebsd.org.

  • NetBSD: All about NetBSD at www.netbsd.org.

  • BSDNet: Maintained by a nonprofit group of BSD enthusiasts, BSDNet has tons of information about all flavors of BSD (at www.bsdnet.org/).

  • Sun Microsystems: The maker of Solaris, it has a Web site at the oddly named wwws.sun.com/software/solaris/.

Linux

  • Linux Online!: This site, at http://www.linux.org/, is the source for Linux information on the Web, maintained by a nonprofit organization of Linux users.

  • Slackware: The home of the Slackware distribution of Linux at www. slackware.org/.

  • Mandrake: The home of the Mandrake distribution of Linux at www. mandrakelinux.com.

  • The Linux Documentation Project: The project (at www.ibiblio.org/ mdw/) has tons of Linux documentation, news, links, and downloads.

  • Red Hat: Red Hat maintains a site (at www.redhat.com/) that serves as a clearinghouse for all kinds of information about Linux.

  • The Debian GNU/Linux site: This site (at www.debian.org/) is also worth checking out.

  • The LinuxMall.com: Lots of Linux and open source stuff at www.the linuxmall.com/.

X Windows and such

  • The Motif Zone: The Motif Zone has everything you ever wanted to know about Motif (at www.motifzone.com/).

  • KDE: Everything about KDE, the K Desktop Environment, is at www. kde.org/.

  • The GNOME Project: The theory (of which there’s a surprising amount) and practice of the GNOME desktop is at www.gnome.org/.

  • The XFree86 Project: Its home is at www.xfree86.org/.

Web browsers

  • The Lynx Users’ Guide: Maintained by the Academic Computing Services group at the University of Kansas, the guide is yours for the viewing, at kuhttp.cc.ukans.edu/about_lynx/about_lynx.html.

  • Mozilla: The latest version of Mozilla and other Mozilla news are at www.mozilla.org.

  • Opera Software: The fast, small Opera browser is available for many versions of UNIX at www.opera.com.

Other stuff

  • The Apache Project: It’s the official Web site (www.apache.org/) of the most popular Web server in the world. Get documentation, FAQs, the latest news, and free downloads.

  • Samba: Check out the worldwide home of the package that lets your UNIX system provide networked logical disks to Windows PCs (at www.samba.org; on the home page, click a link to your country or one nearby), with documentation, FAQs, how-to’s, news, and downloads.



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