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A really old talk from way back in '06 or so, when the only distribution of relevance to me was ubuntu (and so its rather ubuntu specific). Putting this up more for the heck of it than to really help anyone.

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Linux Community

  1. 1. getting connected Navya Linux Lecture Series Day 1 Chintalagiri Shashank
  2. 2. getting connected  The Linux Community  What you will be looking for  Finding answers  Asking for answers  Becoming part of the process Navya Linux Lecture Series
  3. 3. the linux community  How big is it?  How is it different from the windows ‘community’?  How do I use the community to my advantage?  How do I contribute to the community? Navya Linux Lecture Series
  4. 4. linux @ IITK  How big is the linux community here?  Good places to meet the rest of the community Navya Linux Lecture Series
  5. 5. what you will be looking for  General help to get started  Software to perform specific tasks  Solutions to problems during installation of various software  Solutions to hardware-specific problems Navya Linux Lecture Series
  6. 6. finding answers  Read the documentation that came with it.  Google is your friend   Distro-specific forums and wikis    Many, many more Navya Linux Lecture Series
  7. 7. how can Navya help?  The Navya Wiki, which you can find over at, will probably grow to be a good place to find solutions, especially to campus specific problems.  The Navya Forums, which can also be found on the same website, will soon be opened to general linux discussion as well. Currently, it only has some of the MEMP related discussions. Navya Linux Lecture Series
  8. 8. asking for answers  Forums  Forums are a good place to ask questions. In many major forums, such as the ubuntu and gentoo forums, you are likely to get a reply – either a solution or a pointer to where it might be found.  A news News Server has been installed on the campus and is functioning. The CC requests people to start using it for testing purpose, while narad will keep running till this Semester end. Address of news News Server: Navya Linux Lecture Series
  9. 9. asking for answers  Mailing lists  Most projects have mailing lists that you can subscribe to.  They can help keep track of developments in the projects that interest you.  More often than not, the developers keep an eye – and participate in the discussions on mailing lists.  Keep in mind of the volume of mail that the list generates. Navya Linux Lecture Series
  10. 10. asking for answers  IRC  Communicate in real time with a large number of people.  Have someone help you troubleshoot your problem.  How?  You will need an IRC client, such as xchat on linux, mIRC on windows, or gaim (works on both)  Use the client to connect to the IRC server.  Use the IRC command “/join #ChannelName” to join (or create a channel if it is not present already)  “/list” lists all the open channels  Where?  Freenode is a good international network to get help for most open-source projects. (, port 6667)  #ubuntu, #ubuntu-in, #linux-india Navya Linux Lecture Series
  11. 11. can Navya help here?  We already spoke of the Navya forums.  Navya has an IRC server running  on , port 6667.  you can usually find us there at #navya  for the duration of these lectures, we will also be available at #lectures.  Navya IRC web interface – chat from your browser  You don’t need an IRC client to connect to the Navya IRC network.  Navya Linux Lecture Series
  12. 12. IMPORTANT  lesson #1 : "be thick skinned"  Does NOT mean you rush into some channel and ask "Do you guys know a guy called Torvalds"  lesson #2: you don't prove yourself an "individual/rebel" by dismissing/insulting people  lesson #3, elitism is different from the elite - the former is bad, the latter is good Navya Linux Lecture Series
  13. 13. IMPORTANT The bottom line is, in any form of communication, make sure you respect the other people involved – especially if you expect them to help you. And don’t try to start flame wars. Navya Linux Lecture Series
  14. 14. becoming part of the process  How you can contribute :  Submit bug reports when something is broken  Launchpad  Help test the software on your hardware.  Ubuntu Hardware Compatibility Chart on the Wiki  Hang around the IRC channels when you have nothing better to do and help out the next guy. You’ll almost always learn something new each time. Navya Linux Lecture Series
  15. 15. Thank You and welcome to the community Navya Linux Lecture Series