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NewsForge: Web review: Ground zero for Linux knowledge

Dec 21, 2000, 22:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"What first drew me to investigate and ultimately review the Linux knowledge base (lkb), being that I'm a woman in a field that is over-populated with men, is the logo for lkb. It's a picture of a woman (fully-clothed, even) working on a laptop, and by the caption "technical Linux info for technical Linux people" we are given the impression that she is involved with Linux. She's sitting on a sofa with her bare feet propped up on the coffee table. The expression on her face: a touch quizzical with a sprinkle of disgust thrown in. This could be me! I can identify! Show me the Knowledge!..."

"The top of the site shows you links to categories for hardware, software, networking, development, quick information, and miscellaneous stuff. Digging down through the links takes you to ever more specific information. Navigating this way is good for when you 'sort of' know what you're looking for, or you just want to do some free-form learning. At times when you're honing in on an exact target, you can type in a keyword and search the entire database. For instance, a search on the keyword 'linksys' turned up 48 matches, and a search on 3com delivered 124."

"In addition to standard 'how-to' links, there's a collection of MAN pages and access to Usenet posts. It's a pretty good bet you'll find the information you're looking for here."

"Once I became a member, signing up for mailing lists was as easy as a single click (Amazon, are you listening?). There are four to choose from, so far: a discussion of the source code for the lkb, a general discussion list, an lkb advocacy list, and lkb-tech, to talk about issues with Linux."

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