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12. Administrative information and acknowledgements.


12.1 Feedback is invited.

Please send me your comments on this FAQ.

I accept submissions for the FAQ in any format; All contributions, comments, and corrections are gratefully received.

Please send them to kiesling@terracom.net.

If you wish to refer to a question(s) in the FAQ, it's most useful for me if you do so by the question heading, rather than the number, as the question numbers are generated automatically and I don't see them in the source file I edit.

I prefer comments in English to patch files--I context diff is not my first language.


12.2 Formats in which this FAQ is available.

This document is available as an ASCII text file, an HTML World Wide Web page, PostScript, and as a USENET news posting.

All of these formats are generated from SGML source using SGML Tools and the LinuxDoc DTD.

The HTML version of this FAQ is available as http://sunsite.unc.edu/LDP/ at other sites.

The Usenet version is posted regularly to comp.os.linux.announce, comp.answers, and news.answers.

The most recent text, HTML, source, and PostScript versions are available from the Linux archives at sunsite.unc.edu, and from http://www.terracom.net/~kiesling


12.3 Authorship and acknowledgements.

This FAQ is compiled and maintained by Robert Kiesling kiesling@terracom.net, with assistance and comments from Linux activists all over the world.

Special thanks are due to Matt Welsh, who moderated comp.os.linux.announce and comp.os.linux.answers, coordinated the HOWTOs and wrote substantial portions of many of them, Greg Hankins and Timothy Bynum, the former and current HOWTO maintainers, Lars Wirzenius and Mikko Rauhala, the former and current moderators of comp.os.linux.announce, Marc-Michel Corsini, who wrote the original Linux FAQ, and Ian Jackson, the previous FAQ maintainer. Thanks also to Roman Maurer for his many updates and additions, especially with European Web sites, translations, and general miscellany.

Last but not least, thanks to Linus Torvalds and the other contributors to Linux for giving us something to talk about!


12.4 Disclaimer and Copyright.

Note that this document is provided `as is'. The information in it is not warranted to be correct. Use it at your own risk.

Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers is Copyright (c) 1997, 1998 by Robert Kiesling kiesling@terracom.net, under the copyright of the Linux Documentation Project. The full text of the LDP copyright is available via anonymous FTP from sunsite.unc.edu, in the directory /pub/Linux/docs/LDP, and is included below.

Portions are Copyright (c) 1994, 1995, 1996 by Ian Jackson, the previous Linux FAQ maintainer.

Linux Frequently Asked Questions with Answers may be reproduced and distributed in its entirety (including this authorship, copyright, and permission notice), provided that no charge is made for the document itself, without the author's consent. Portions may be reproduced for such purposes as reviews, advertising, and derivative works like translations, with the author's consent.

Note that this restriction is not intended to prohibit charging for the service of printing or copying a document supplied by your customer.

Exceptions to these rules may be granted. I would be happy to answer any questions about this copyright. Email me at kiesling@terracom.net. As the license below says, these restrictions are here to protect the contributors, not to restrict you as educators and learners.


Last modified 6 January 1997

The following copyright license applies to all works by the Linux Documentation Project.

Please read the license carefully---it is somewhat like the GNU General Public License, but there are several conditions in it that differ from what you may be used to. If you have any questions, please email the LDP coordinator, mdw@sunsite.unc.edu.

The Linux Documentation Project manuals may be reproduced and distributed in whole or in part, subject to the following conditions:

All Linux Documentation Project manuals are copyrighted by their respective authors. THEY ARE NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. * The copyright notice above and this permission notice must be preserved complete on all complete or partial copies. * Any translation or derivative work of Linux Installation and Getting Started must be approved by the author in writing before distribution. * If you distribute Linux Installation and Getting Started in part, instructions for obtaining the complete version of this manual must be included, and a means for obtaining a complete version provided. * Small portions may be reproduced as illustrations for reviews or quotes in other works without this permission notice if proper citation is given. * The GNU General Public License referenced below may be reproduced under the conditions given within it.

Exceptions to these rules may be granted for academic purposes: Write to the author and ask. These restrictions are here to protect us as authors, not to restrict you as educators and learners. All source code in Linux Installation and Getting Started is placed under the GNU General Public License, available via anonymous FTP from the GNU archive site.


If you're a publishing company interested in distributing any of the LDP manuals, read on.

By the license given in the previous section, anyone is allowed to publish and distribute verbatim copies of the Linux Documentation Project manuals. You don't need our explicit permission for this. However, if you would like to distribute a translation or derivative work based on any of the LDP manuals, you must obtain permission from the author, in writing, before doing so.

All translations and derivative works of LDP manuals must be placed under the Linux Documentation License given in the previous section. That is, if you plan to release a translation of one of the manuals, it must be freely distributable by the above terms.

You may, of course, sell the LDP manuals for profit. We encourage you to do so. Keep in mind, however, that because the LDP manuals are freely distributable, anyone may photocopy or distribute printed copies free of charge, if they wish to do so.

We do not require to be paid royalties for any profit earned from selling LDP manuals. However, we would like to suggest that if you do sell LDP manuals for profit, that you either offer the author royalties, or donate a portion of your earnings to the author, the LDP as a whole, or to the Linux development community. You may also wish to send one or more free copies of the LDP manual that you are distributing to the author. Your show of support for the LDP and the Linux community will be very appreciated.

We would like to be informed of any plans to publish or distribute LDP manuals, just so we know how they're becoming available. If you are publishing or planning to publish any LDP manuals, please send email to Matt Welsh (email mdw@sunsite.unc.edu).

We encourage Linux software distributors to distribute the LDP manuals (such as the Installation and Getting Started Guide) with their software. The LDP manuals are intended to be used as the ``official'' Linux documentation, and we'd like to see mail-order distributors bundling the LDP manuals with the software. As the LDP manuals mature, hopefully they will fulfill this goal more adequately.

Matt Welsh, mdw@sunsite.unc.edu

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