How should a newbie search for GNU/Linux help?

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at
Tue Jul 29 13:18:27 UTC 2008

Ciaran O'Riordan <ciaran at> writes:

> It seems that each distro has it's own forums, and most projects
> have their own forums or mailing lists, and then there are some
> general sites like (or

My first response is to lament the rise of such one-site-only,
non-standard forums at the expense of categorised, distributed,
standard-protocol Usenet forums. It does contribute to the problem of
knowing where to start.

> These are great for you and I

I find them far inferior to Usenet, myself, and am very glad for the
huge wealth of such forums standardised in access by the NNTP
interface of the Gmane service.

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Ben Finney

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