The Linux Documentation Project is a loose team of writers, proofreaders, and editors who are working on a set of definitive Linux manuals. The overall coordinator of the project is Matt Welsh, aided by Lars Wirzenius and Michael K. Johnson.
This manual is but one in a set of several being distributed by the Linux Documentation Project, including a Linux User's Guide, System Administrator's Guide, and Kernel Hacker's Guide. These manuals are all available in source format and Postscript output for anonymous FTP from sunsite.unc.edu, in the directory /pub/Linux/docs/LDP.
We encourage anyone with a penchant for writing or editing to join us in improving Linux documentation. If you have Internet e-mail access, you can join the DOC channel of the Linux-Activists mailing list by sending mail to
with the line
X-Mn-Admin: join DOC
as the first line of the message body.
Feel free to get in touch with the author and coordinator of this manual if you have questions, postcards, money, or ideas. Matt Welsh can be reached via Internet e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, and in real life at
205 Gray Street
Wilson, N.C. 27896
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Linux is not a trademark, and has no connection to UNIX or X/Open.
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Copyright © 1992--1994 Matt Welsh
205 Gray Street NE, Wilson NC, 27893 USA
Linux Installation and Getting Started may be reproduced and distributed, in whole or in part, subject to the following conditions:
Exceptions to these rules may be granted for academic purposes: Write to Matt Welsh, at the above address, or email email@example.com, and ask. These restrictions are here to protect us as authors, not to restrict you as educators and learners.
The author encourages distributors of Linux software in any medium to use the book as an installation and new user guide. Given the copyright above, you are free to print and distribute copies of this book with your software. You may either distribute this book free of charge, or for profit. If doing so, you may wish to include a short ``installation supplement'' for your release.
The author would like to know of any plans to publish and distribute this book commercially. In this way, we can ensure that you are kept up-to-date with new revisions. And, should a new version be right around the corner, you might wish to delay your publication of the book until it is available.
If you are distributing this book commercially, donations, royalties, and/or printed copies are greatly appreciated by the author. Contributing in this way shows your support for free software and the Linux Documentation Project.
All source code in Linux Installation and Getting Started is placed under the GNU General Public License. See Appendix E for a copy of the GNU ``GPL.''