Linux documentation in wiki format

I am a huge fan of free documentation, even if I like to read printed books as well. In my opinion, the printed book still has the best available user interface that the computer screen and hypertext can only emulate but not surpass.

But on the other hand, Internet and the different forms of social media have several advantages over the printed book. Among the most obvious advantages are the free availability (if you happen to be living in the developed world with cheap broadband connections), and the possibility to update the information easily and often. Furthermore, there are several licenses that allow reusing the free documentation in different forms. Hence it should not come as a surprise that there are many good sources for free Linux documentation on the Internet.

In addition to the Linux Documentation Project, you should take a look at some of the more interesting documentation sites published in wiki format. For example, the Gentoo Linux Wiki includes a useful article about lightweight install of the Gentoo Linux.

Arch Linux is another favorite distribution used by many enthusiasts who want to keep their old hardware in use. Even if you are not ready to install and use Arch, you should take a look at Arch Linux Wiki. The page dedicated to Lightweight Applications is certainly useful for anyone interested in building a system with lightweight software.

And of course, you should not forget Debian Wiki or Crux Wiki, LQWiki and many other good documentation sites using a wiki platform!

Unity Linux 2010 b2

Unity Linux is a new distribution approaching its first stable release. Last week, the project announced the second beta release the distribution based on Mandriva.

From the release notes:

Currently, Unity Linux offers both 32-bit and 64-bit LiveCDs. Nearly 7,700 packages are available after installation. In an effort to give distribution developers maximum flexibility, the core is kept small and usable, but not too basic. Unity Linux provides developers with the bare minimum– just enough to make use of remaster tools, the smart package manager, a kernel, and rpm5.

You can dowload the beta release from mirrors listed here.

50 Linux Discussion Forums

More than a year ago, I posted three articles listing a few dozen Linux discussion forums. I suppose it is time to republish the list, now in one article. Furthermore, I added a few more discussion forums just in order to have a nice title with exactly 50 discussion forums dedicated to Linux and other free Unix like operating systems.

If your favourite discussion forum is missing from the list, please add it in the comment box!

  1. Absolute
  2. Arch
  3. BSDnexus
  4. CentOS
  5. Clonezilla
  6. Crunchbang
  7. Crux for PPC
  8. (BSD)
  9. Damn Small Linux
  10. Debian
  11. DeLi
  12. DesktopBSD
  13. Dreamlinux
  14. Elive
  15. Fedora
  16. Fluxbuntu
  17. Foresight
  18. Frugalware
  19. GeeXboX
  20. Gentoo
  21. gOS
  22. GParted
  23. Knoppix
  24. LinuxConsole
  26. Mandriva
  27. Mepis
  28. Midnight BSD
  29. Mint
  30. OpenGEU
  31. OpenSolaris
  32. openSUSE
  33. PC-BSD
  34. PCLinuxOS
  35. Puppy Linux
  36. Sabayon
  37. Sidux
  38. Slackware
  39. Slackware (
  40. Slax
  41. Slitaz
  42. TinyCore
  43. TinyME
  44. Ubuntu
  45. Ultimate Edition
  46. Vector Linux
  47. WattOS
  48. Wolvix
  49. Yoper
  50. Zenwalk