Knowing your way around.
Beforehand: On this page you will find links and references related to UNIX™, UNIX based-systems and the Unix Community.
Biting the bullet...
Note: It is not always easy to use the correct name and I actually did not want to touch this but hey, it's part of the community... Personally i do not care mucht on how "you" classify software and operating system but you should [at least] know the difference.
Political correct naming:
- GNU / Linux
- F / OSS, FOSS, OSS / FS or even FLOSS
- UNIX based systems
- GNU or BSD style commands
Political incorrect or un-intended specification:
- Linux = The kernel, NOT the distribution (Red-Hat, SUSE, Debian, etc..)
- OSS = Open Soure, NOT free software. It is free as in freedom not as in gratis.
- UNIX = Certified UNIX like AIX and Solaris, NOT like Linux or FreeBSD
- Linux or FreeBSD commands = commands like ls, ps, etc... are not OS (read kernel) dependend, there is no such thing as Linux commands. GNU tools can also be available on *BSD, this is then called something like GNU / FreeBSD!
Note: If anyone can write this more clearly, step forward and give it a shot by commenting.
The Free Software Foundation,
Open Source Initiative (OSI),
The Open Group,
Source Technology Group (OSTG),
Linux Professional Institute,
The UNIX System Home Page (Open Group),
Open Invention Network
The GNU Project,
Debian -- Universal Operating System,
The Linux Kernel,
Linux, *BSD variants, HURD (on Mach or L4), and various others, ...
See also: OSS/FS reference from D.Wheeler
The Open Group Certification Programs,
Free Standards Group
Extra community info...
Legal (should be further explored):
FOSS Contributions for non-programmers
- bug reporting
- web design/maintenance
References: PuTTY Feedback and Bug Reporting, How to Report Bugs Effectively, How To Ask Questions The Smart Way, SF Project Help Wanted