Welcome to AboutDebian.com !
To open up the world of Linux to those with little or no Linux experience by showing them how easy it is to set up sophisticated servers using the Debian distribution.
To support the concept of free software by increasing the use of Debian GNU/Linux systems in homes and businesses around the world.
We feel that learning and self-education are the most beneficial and rewarding aspects of the human experience. Our mission is to help you learn the basics of Linux in general, and Debian in particular, which will provide a base of understanding that can be used to expand one's knowledge of all of the capabilities and applications of the Linux OS. However, we are not for everyone. We don't like GUIs and avoid them like the plague. Our guides show you how to do things using the command line because we believe this is the best way to not only learn Linux, but to use it as well. We also believe, that due to it's free and open nature, Debian could one day replace most of the commercial distributions, if not Windows, when it comes to the server market.
Our motivation? Simple math. We think Microsoft has gotten too big and too powerful. It is our hope that as more and more people learn how to use Linux, more and more servers will be set up using Linux. Perhaps over time, a big enough chunk will be taken out of Microsoft's server OS market share that they will start focusing on the customer instead of their balance sheet (i.e. we want to help knock Microsoft down a peg or two). It can be done. Look at IBM in the PC hardware business and WordPerfect in the word processing business. Both had total domination of their product space only to lose it all by putting profits ahead of customers.
We are not out to see Microsoft killed off completely. We just to help give it some good ol' Yankee competition. Competition is good (it's what got us to the moon), as it forces better products, lower prices, and, for any business with an ounce of common sense, improved customer responsiveness. Because Linux is not something Microsoft can simply buy up to kill, it is in a unique position to give Microsoft some honest competition and that scares the hell out of them.
While we are a ".com" site, generating a profit is not our primary goal (we have a real job). Some pages feature books that are the "best of our bookshelves". These are books selected from our ever-growing stacks that we feel do the best job of presenting more in-depth information on the subject covered on the page. The graphics book covers link to amazon.com and if you use these links to purchase a book, we receive a small portion of the sale. We also entered into an affiliate agreement with a DVD producer for Debian disc sets. The proceeds from these activities help pay the costs associated with keeping this site operating. We prefer to keep the site free of banner and pop-up ads in order to generate the income necessary to cover these charges. Please consider using our site for any Linux-related book or CD purchases so that we can continue its operation.
The guides on this site are intended to provide you with a broad but relatively shallow exposure to Debian Linux and its various functionalities. We feel this is the best way to prepare you to seek further knowledge through books and classes.
The best way to learn something is to "just do it". By using the guides to install and configure Debian for various uses, you will gain significant exposure to the use of the operating system and its commands. This will not only help you gain knowledge but get you to a point where you are comfortable at a shell prompt rather than intimidated.
Many of the guides assume knowledge of information that is given in earlier guides. It is recommended that you follow the guides in the sequence of the listed links.
The pages are not formatted in the columnar manner popular with so many site designs these days. The non-columnar format was used so that minimal sheets of paper are used when printing a guide page.
If you think the guides are of value, please take a moment to suggest to Webmasters of other Linux-related sites to Link To Us. The more people we can get comfortable using Linux, the more we will get Microsoft looking over their shoulder.
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