The Working Centre Linux Project


We have developed some documentation over the course of this project. You may find some of it useful.

Getting Access

We’ve put together a short instruction page on getting access to our files.

WCLP Documentation

This is documentation we have developed locally. You can download the original latex (and/or .rtf) files from our sourceforge project page. We provide HTML and .pdf versions here.

WCLP First Time Computer User’s Setup Guide

HTML – This guide is for people with little computer experience, for setting up their computer for the first time. It discusses identifying the parts of a computer, plugging them in correctly, through turning the computer on.

WCLP User’s Guide

HTML / PDF– This guide is for people with little computer experience (or little Linux experience) who want to get work done on a WCLP system with a minimum of fuss and bother.

Warning: This guide is very preliminary. It is missing a lot of information, contains typos and other errors, and has no explicit licence yet.

WCLP Administrator’ s Guide

HTML / PDF – This guide documents the installer backend and configuration of WCLP systems. If you have purchased a machine with WCLP on it, it probably will not interest you much. However, if you are downloading our software and are interested in setting up FAI for yourself, it is a must-read.

WCLP Installation cheat sheet

HTML / PDF – Again directed towards people using the installer, this sheet contains most of the commands our volunteers use when installing and configuring WCLP boxes.

Debian Documentation

Many of these resources are written for users of command-line Linux, as opposed to the graphical frontend we have set up. Nonetheless, they contain lots of useful information, and are a great place to learn about Linux.

Official Debian Web site is the place to start looking for Debian-specific information. Particularly relevant sections of the site include:

  1. Packages: this page provides a nice interface to search for packages by name and description.
  2. The documentation pages: Contains pointers to all sorts of good information. Most of this is based on command-line Linux.
  3. The APT HOWTO: Useful information if you want to install new software and/or keep your system up to date.
  4. The Debian Junior Project: software picked out for children. We used a number of their selections in our project.
  5. Debian Weekly News: Updates about the status of the project. Provides a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a large nonprofit distributed organization.
  6. The Debian Reference, which goes into a huge amount of detail about how to use a Debian system. Again, this is command-line oriented.

Debian Planet is a news site for Debian related information. Contained in the archives are some good HOWTOs.

Debian IRC help page is a high-traffic web portal. Many many questions and answers about all types of problems Debian users run into.

Miscellaneous Linux Information

Some other links that may come handy.


The Abiword tutorial, although not perfect, serves as a good basic introduction to the word processor. For the life of us, we cannot understand why this piece is not part of the official Abiword documentation.

It is released under the GNU Free Documentation Licence. You can also view it as an Abiword document.

Linux Documentation contains many HOWTOs – step by step guides to getting stuff done on a Linux system.

Many of these HOWTOs are already installed on WCLP (and Debian) systems. Look in the /usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt/ directory to find them.

Help for Beginners

The Newbie Docs are aimed at new Linux users and are written by beginners, for beginners. The site concentrates on Debian but also has general Linux advice.

Moving to Linux is aimed at experienced system administrators moving from Windows to Linux. It may be above the level of new users yet it explains fundamental UNIX concepts clearly. KWLUG member Robert Day helps put it together.


Coping with UNIX is intended for academics who have to use UNIX. Most of the concepts are applicable to command-line Linux world as well. The site is clearly-written and well organized.

Linux User Groups

There are many Linux User Groups Worldwide. Consider joining one near you!

If you are in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, you might be interested in joining the Kitchener-Waterloo Linux User Group. It features monthly meetings and support sessions, and assorted discussion forums (mailing lists, website) where you can seek help.