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If you have ideas, corrections or questions relating to this HOWTO, please email me. By receiving feedback on this howto (even if I don't have the time to answer), you make me feel like I'm doing something useful. In turn, it motivates me to write more and add to this document. You can reach me at . My web page is and my Linux pages are at Please do send comments and suggestions for this howto. Even if I don't take your suggestions, your input is graciously received.

I assume a working knowledge of Linux, so I use some topics like runlevels and modules without defining them. If there are enough questions (or even protests) I'll add more basic information to this document.

1.1. Authorship and Copyright

This document is copyright (c) 2001-2002 Peter Jay Salzman, ; 2003-2004 Peter Jay Salzman and Frédéric Delanoy. Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the Open Software License, Version 1.1, except for the provisions I list in the next paragraph. I hate HOWTO's that include the license; it's a tree killer. You can read the OSL at

If you want to create a derivative work or publish this HOWTO for commercial purposes, I would appreciate it if you contact me first. This will give me a chance to give you the most recent version. I'd also appreciate either a copy of whatever it is you're doing or a spinach, garlic, mushroom, feta cheese and artichoke heart pizza.

1.2. Acknowledgements

Thanks goes out to these people for extensive comments, corrections, and diffs. Their effort is above and beyond the call of duty:

Frédéric Delanoy, Moritz Muehlenhoff , Mike Phillips, Ioan Rogers

I would also like to thank the following people for sending in comments and corrections. Without their help, there would be more typos and mistakes than you could shake a stick at:

Michael McDonnell

1.3. Latest Versions and Translations

The latest version can be found at or, but this is my own personal working copy. The version at my personal web site might be broken if I'm working on the HOWTO. The version at sourceforge is bleeding edge but guaranteed to be not broken, however it may have glitches, like unfinished paragraphs. :)

The most recent stable version can be found at

1.3.1. Russian

Dmitry Samoyloff is the maintainer of the Russian translation. The most recent version can be found at

1.3.2. Hungarian

László Daczi , the Hungarian LDP coordinator, announced that a Hungarian translation was produced by Szilard Ivan, and is available at