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Linux is a generic term that commonly refers to UNIX-like computer operating systems that use the Linux kernel. Linux is predominantly known for its use in servers, although it is installed on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from embedded devices and mobile phones to supercomputers, and its popularity as a desktop/laptop operating system is growing.



Breaking up with Ubuntu

Good luck, Ubuntu. I wish you well. But now just doesn’t seem like the right time for me and you. You don’t work for me, and Windows 7 does. But thanks. It was fun (kind of) while it lasted.

Pehrson, Paul. Technically Speaking (2010). Articles>Software>Open Source>Linux


Creating Professional Documentation with Linux Tools

While Linux lacks standard Windows tools such as FrameMaker, RoboHelp, and WebWorks Publisher, it's still a viable environment for technical writers. Linux users can take advantage of a number of documentation tools, including both free or open source software (FOSS) and proprietary software. All of them give technical writers the ability to author and publish professional documentation.

Nesbitt, Scott. Linux.com (2006). Articles>Documentation>Technical Writing>Linux


Difficulties in Modeling GNU/Linux User Behaviors

Creating models of user behavior has been helpful in predicting basic outcomes of computer usability testing involving human subjects. However, models and methods have been based on a narrow view of computer use; namely, they are not compatible with behaviors resulting from using the Linux operating system. How different could Linux be from other operating systems?! This article provides a few points of comparison.

Queen, Matt. Usability Professionals Association (2004). Articles>Usability>Operating Systems>Linux


Documentation: Give It Up; It Won't Happen

Is providing Linux documentation an insurmountable task? I'm starting to think so. The major technical book publishers have dropped their efforts to recruit authors and publish sysadmin books. Instead, they have started focusing most of their attention on programming. Who can blame them.

Adelstein, Tom. Linux Journal (2007). Articles>Documentation>Operating Systems>Linux


GNOME 2.0 Human User Interface Guidelines  (link broken)

This document tells you how to create applications that look right, behave properly, and fit into the GNOME user interface as a whole. It is written for interface designers, graphic artists and software developers who will be creating software for the GNOME environment. Both specific advice on making effective use of interface elements, and the philosophy and general design principles behind the GNOME interface are covered.

Gnome.org (2003). Design>User Interface>Style Guides>Linux


GNOME Documentation Style Guide

The GNOME Documentation Style Guide provides guidelines for authors who want to contribute to the GNOME Documentation Project.

GNOME (2004). Reference>Style Guides>Documentation>Linux


Learn Linux, 101: File and Directory Management

You've probably heard that everything in Linux is a file, so start on the right path with a solid grounding in file and directory management -- finding, listing, moving, copying, and archiving. You can use this material in this article to study for the LPI® 101 exam for Linux system administrator certification, or just to learn for fun.

Shields, Ian. IBM (2009). Articles>Software>Operating Systems>Linux


Linux Documentation

A website with resources for Linux documentation writers (and readers).

Linux.com. Resources>Documentation>Operating Systems>Linux


The Linux Documentation Project

The Linux Documentation Project (LDP) is working on developing good, reliable documentation for the Linux operating system. The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in taking care of all of the issues of Linux documentation, ranging from online documentation (man pages, HTML, and so on) to printed manuals covering topics such as installing, using, and running Linux.

Linux Documentation Project, The. Resources>Documentation>Style Guides>Linux


Linux Font Equivalents to Popular Web Typefaces

While the list of Web safe fonts we have come to know and love is relied heavily upon, it can be very beneficial to include similar default Linux fonts in your font-family as well.

Monday By Noon (2007). Articles>Web Design>Typography>Linux


Living Free With Linux: 2 Weeks without Windows

Ubuntu's biggest Achilles heel is software installation and updating. Installing some software was simple, but installing others was so baffling as to be nearly incomprehensible. The same holds true for updates; I ultimately gave up on even trying to update OpenOffice.org.

Gralla, Preston. Computerworld (2009). Articles>Usability>Operating Systems>Linux


Painless Linux  (link broken)

Is Linux in your technical writing future? The possibility is becoming too strong to ignore. Companies like Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse First Boston are using Linux now, and countries ranging from Germany and France to Pakistan and Venezuela are adapting it and other open source software for government business. In high-tech, IBM reports that over one thousand of its business partners became Linux-certified in 2001, and the Linux applications listed in the IBM Global Solutions Directory rose from 2300 to 2800 in the six months between June 2001 and January 2002. In a little less than three years, Linux has captured over a third of the server market, and, while its share of the desktop market seems stalled at four percent, growing concerns about security, the cost of commercial software, and restrictive licensing practices are starting to change that.

Byfield, Bruce. TECHWR-L (2002). Articles>Software>Open Source>Linux


Painless Linux (Part Two)  (link broken)

If you're expecting to be lost in the interstellar darkness of the command line, you're in for a surprise. Although Linux includes some handy command line tools, today most of Linux's install programs, desktops, and programs now boast graphical windows. The desktops and the windows look a little different from the ones you see in other operating systems, but they're recognizable for what they are. As you'll see in this article, you have to look deeper to see the differences: They lie not only in the performance, but also in a design philosophy that favors small tools over monolithic ones, customization over standardization, and a hands-on approach over hidden complexity. Once you adjust to the novelties, even the command line is not the empty vacuum you expected, but a teeming ecology that in many ways is more powerful--and empowering--than the GUIs (Graphical User Interfaces). If Linux is somewhat rougher in patches than Windows, many people feel that this design philosophy more than compensates. After all, one day in the next few years, Linux is going to have the GUI sophistication, too.

Byfield, Bruce. TECHWR-L (2002). Articles>Software>Operating Systems>Linux



Publican is a tool for publishing material authored in DocBook XML. Publican is a publication system, not just a DocBook processing tool. As well as ensuring your DocBook XML is valid, Publican works to ensure your XML is up to publishable standard.

Fedora Hosted. Resources>Software>DocBook>Linux


Put Yourself In Command  (link broken)

Commands enable you to do all sorts of powerful things on your computer. Let's look at a task that might be familiar to you. If you use a digital camera, you probably have a folder full of images on your computer. Imagine you wish to resize the image profile.jpg so it is 300 pixels wide and save it as a new image called profile_small.jpg.

FLOSS Manuals (2009). Articles>Documentation>Operating Systems>Linux


Sometimes, A Little Command Line Goes a Long Way

’m not a techie by any means. But I do advocate using, and learning how to use, the Linux command line. And, to be honest, I do enjoy using it myself. Once again, I found out why a little knowledge of the command line can be very useful. It helped me fix what could have been a messy situation.

Nesbitt, Scott. Ubuntu Musings (2012). Articles>Computing>Technology>Linux


Technical Communicators, Windows NT and Unix/Linux

An overview of the importance of computer operating systems to technical communicators.

Albert, Thomas and Becky Phung. WordDesign (1999). Articles>TC>Operating Systems>Linux


Usability and Taking Chances

A blog post that discusses the XO laptop, and the risks that the designers and developers took when creating the user interface for the device - for the most part they succeeded in creating an intuitive interface and a usable computer.

DMN Communications (2008). Articles>Usability>User Interface>Linux


Using Linux at Work and Home   (PDF)   (members only)

For those who dream about gaining high-speed, efficient, and bug-free performance from their PCs, Archee discusses the option of Linux, the world's most developed computer operating system—and it's free.

Archee, Raymond K. Intercom (2008). Articles>Computing>Software>Linux

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