Debian is a well-known and broadly supported distribution in the Linux community. Thousands of developers around the world make Debian more accessible to people of all cultural backgrounds and languages. Debian documentation is continuously being translated into a variety of languages and hopefully one day it will be available in all languages of the universe. Documentation, however, can be daunting for people who've only recently started using Linux. Therefore, a variety of alternative support mediums are maintained to help Linux users. Here's a list of online support mediums provided by the Linux community.
A mailing list is a collection of names and addresses used by an individual or an organization to send material to multiple recipients. The term is often extended to include the people subscribed to such a list, so the group of subscribers is referred to as "the mailing list", or simply "the list". ref. Wikipedia
The preferred by Debian way of communication between Debian users and developers are mailing lists. By subscribing to a world-open Debian mailing list you are able to read all the communication and participate in the discussions. Instructions on how to subscribe and unsubscribe from such a mailing list are clearly outlined on the Debian website. We here provide an example of how to subscribe and unsubscribe from a mailing list. The example of a mailing list below is the recommended one for beginner Debian users.
To subscribe to the users mailing list:
Alternatively you can:
To unsubscribe from the users mailing list:
Alternatively you can:
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) is a protocol for live interactive Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message as well as chat and data transfer, including file sharing. ref. Wikipedia
There is a number of IRC channels dedicated to Debian. In order to start chatting you need to install an IRC client. We recommend Xchat, which comes with Debian. Once you have your client installed, tell it to connect to the server by typing:
In order to join Debian channel simply type:
Now you are ready to start chatting about Debian.
An Internet forum, or message board, is an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They differ from chatrooms in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, a posted message might need to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible. ref. Wikipedia
There is a number of forums on the web dedicated to Linux. In particular, questions about Debian distribution can be asked on such forums. One of the most popular Linux forums a for beginners is Linux - Newbie by LinuxQuestions.org. Another useful forum dedicated to Debian is Forum: Debian Linux by LinuxForums.org. You can freely search and read the content of such Linux forums . If you want to post a question (thread) you need to register first.
A Usenet newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many users in different locations. The term may be confusing to some, because it is in fact a discussion group. Newsgroups are technically distinct from, but functionally similar to, discussion forums on the World Wide Web. Newsreader software is used to read newsgroups. ref. Wikipedia
A blog (a contraction of the words web log) is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first). Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. ref. Wikipedia
There is a variety of Linux blogs around devoted to Linux and other free or open source software. They are often written by Linux enthusiasts and can be quite technical in their content. In our opinion, there is still a shortage of blogs that deal with basic Linux user needs. This website aspires to be one of such sources of information. We hope to show to ordinary computer users with no extensive Linux knowledge that Linux has become a very user friendly environment which anyone can use.