'Linux Guides of Others'
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Linux guides are scattered all over the Internet. When I need a reference on some subject --- an application or a system administration task, for example --- I would like to remember how to get to help information that I have found in the past.
This page is a way to keep that 'how to' information in one spot that I can quickly access. So ...
Below are links to locally stored ( = backed up = preserved = archived)
The guides are arranged in 'application or topic groups' --- as indicated in the following table of contents. The guides are mostly open source documents for open source apps.
To augment the guides and to possibly provide some more up-to-date guides, there are also some
will be added.
Use the table-of-contents below to go directly to 'how to' guides in category-groups. OR simply scroll down this page to spot guides of interest.
Alternatively, use the 'Find text' option of your web browser to look for keywords on this page. For example, when looking for 'how to' information on editing video mpeg (mpg) files, one could search for 'video' or 'movie' or 'mpg' or 'mpeg'.
OR, if you know the application you want to use, like Blender, search for 'blender'.
For some additional info on the content of this page (and supplements to this page), see the 'Conclusion' at the bottom of this page.
Table of Contents: (links to sections of documents, below, on this page)
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The following Blender PDF's are in order by number of pages --- shortest first
Amarok : (audio player)
Audacity : (audio editor)
See the Wikipedia page on the Audacity audio editor.
See the Audacity home page at audacity.sourceforge.net.
The following Audacity PDF's are in order by number of pages --- shortest first
The following GIMP PDF's are in order by number of pages --- shortest first
FONTS on Linux :
Open Office - overviews :
See the Wikipedia page on the Open Office suite of programs.
Also, see the Wikipedia page on the Libre Office 'fork' of Open Office.
See the Open Office home page at openoffice.org.
See the Libre Office home page at libreoffice.org.
Open Office Writer :
Open Office Calc :
Open Office Draw :
Open Office Impress :
Open Office Macros :
Open Office, Migration to :
Scribus desktop publishing program :
Avidemux - PDF files :
DVD video creation, on Linux - PDF files :
Kdenlive - Web links :
Kdenlive - 'how-to' videos :
(These are Flash '.flv' files archived on this site - to avoid links that go dead.
Openshot video editor - Web Links
Ubuntu Studio - PDF files :
Video Capture, on Linux - PDF files :
General Linux guides :
Ubuntu guides :
Linux Programming Guides (a separate page of 100-plus guides, mostly PDF's --- including many guides on 3D programming, OpenGL, game programming, GUI programming, etc.)
For script code examples, see my Handy Scripts page, and try a Google search on the keywords
Many instructive shell script code samples are available through code archive web sites such as
Another handy source of help and code samples for shell scripting is forums, such as
Since many shell scripts start off with a call to the '#!/bin/sh' or '#!/bin/ksh' or '#!/bin/bash' interpreter, one way to find code samples is to do web searches on keyword strings such as
The most practical and useful book on shell scripting that I have ever found is the O'Reilly book, 'Unix Power Tools'.
Shell scripting tutorials :
There are many web sites that provide tutorials for shell scripting. Someday I may provide a separate web page of such sites. Unfortunately, many such sites go dead quite rapidly.
In the meantime, here are a few links to some tutorials :
A problem with tutorials is that they often contain many code 'snippets' but not many complete code samples that accomplish very much. To accomplish much, they would have to be too long for a tutorial.
See my script code samples page, for some complete samples, not just snippets.
Linux Boot Info :
Linux Kernel Compiling :
Linux Monitor Configuration : (Example config files)
How the guides (above) are presented :
For most guides for which a PDF file is available, a copy of the PDF guide is preserved on this web site --- rather than providing a link to a guide on the web. (External links 'go dead' all too frequently.)
For some guides, there may be a link to an external web page that provides a guide in HTML format. BUT ...
Over a period of months or years, the original web sites and web pages vanish --- and PDF files and HTML-based guides become inaccessible. Because that lesson has been learned many times over, an image of an HTML-based guide that was found elsewhere may be preserved on this web site --- images and HTML text --- preferably without any ads that were embedded in the web pages.
In some cases, the guide is later improved or updated --- by the original author or by new maintainers of the guide. Sometimes those improvements or updates will be provided --- by a newer PDF or by a new external link.
Alternative sources of guides or updated guides :
Alternatively, do a web search, with key words describing the guide (or using actual sentence fragments of a guide), to see if there are updates to the guide, available on the web.
An alternative way of finding guides: I have a page of Linux Apps with website links and screenshots on my 'Computer - Linux Software Websites' page.
Also, see my script code samples page, for some complete samples of handy shell scripts. Scripts are often needed to augment the 'unfinished', 'incomplete' state of many Linux apps --- especially in the area of (batch) image/photo processing. For example, there is nothing yet, for Linux, in the way of a 'feature-full', lightweight, batch-capable, interactive image editor such as Irfanview, which is only available on MS Windows.
For more 'Computing' info, try the 'Computer Topics menu' link at the top of this page.
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