One of the misconceptions that are still fairly widespread about Linux is that it is not well documented. This goes with the preconceptions that people have about the nature of open source software: they think that while proprietary systems come with copious glossy manuals, with Linux you have to be a programmer who can read the source code to understand the system.

The truth is much more refreshing and interesting. In our experience it is usually much easier to find relevant and specific information about Linux and open source software than about proprietary products. The spirit of open source means that there are a variety of sources of "good" information about the software — from official documentation provided by commercial vendors on the one hand to mailing lists, newsgroup postings, and other ephemeral information on the other.

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