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Frequently Asked Questions


This section lists some of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we receive and it intended to grow over time. Always check this section before emailing us with your query.


1. Why the Linuceum?

It is an amalgamation of "Linux" and "Lyceum". The Lyceum was Aristotle's school of philosophy in ancient Athens. Our name was originally pronounced with a long "i" ("Lie-na-see-um") - in honour of the inventor of Linux: Linus Torvalds but these days we have adopted the short "i" pronunciation ("Lee-na-see-um"). Not that we mean to compare ourselves with either of those great men, of course, but we hope it conveys a little of our philosophy of Linux for the people!

2. How do I navigate your various Linux Guides?

In the left hand pane, you will see a list of general chapter headings, which you can expand or collapse by left-clicking on the plus (+) or minus (-) icons respectively. Under these category headings, you will see a indented, clickable list of links to topics within that category. Note also that most of our links will display a brief description of their content if you hover your mouse over them.

3. Sometimes, when I click on the minus (-) icon , the topics for that Chapter do not collapse

This is probably because you are currently displaying a topic within that chapter : a chapter cannot be collapsed whilst one of it's topics is selected. If this is the case, then the icon will turn to a light grey colour (-) to denote the fact that is cannot currently be collapsed. When you navigate away from that chapter, the topics in the left hand navbar will collapse automatically. If you wish the chapter to remain expanded after you navigate away, then click the"-" icon (-which will then change to a grey "+" instead), before you navigate away.

4. Sometimes, the topics for a Chapter seem to expand without me clicking them

When you navigate to a given topic within a chapter (-e.g. via a hyperlink, the index or the search facility) the topics for that chapter will automatically be expanded for you, so you can view any related topics around the subject. When you navigate away from the chapter, the topics will be collapsed automatically (-see FAQ 3).

5. Are you affiliated to any commercial company?

No. The Linuceum is a not-for-profit site, created with a genuine aim of showing users how good Linux is as an alternative to the commercial O/S offerings in the home environment. We are not funded by any commercial operation. However, we have had to adopt some advertising on our site to help with costs.

6. What about Linux as a corporate platform?

Linux is the preferred O/S for most medium to multi-national sized organisations, but they mainly run Linux on their servers and the "usual suspects" on their desktops. This site does not aim to address Linux in a commercial environment, only in the home - or cottage industry use. We aim to show that it is perfectly possible to do everything the average user needs with Open Source software running on Linux - at a fraction or no cost at all!

7. Why are most of your examples for Ubuntu or Fedora Linux?

There are several reason for this, including (-but not limited to):

  • Ubuntu is widely recognised as the most user friendly Linux distro for novice or non-technical users

  • Ubuntu is the most widely used Linux distribution (-in fact, it is the third most popular O/S behind Windows and MacOS) with Fedora in second place

  • The Ubuntu philosophy is to make the O/S transparent to user: it strives to hide the complexity / flexibility of Linux behind GUI driven applications where possible, which puts it very much on a par with the Microsoft and Apple offerings

  • We use Ubuntu and Fedora on a daily basis, whereas we use the others on and off, so our current knowledge of other distros is more limited

8. Does your site use Cookies?

The Linuceum site itself does not use cookies but the Google AdSense code may leave DoubleClick DART cookies on your computer. Cookies are small temporary text files, stored on the client computer and accessible by websites via your browser. Typically, when you navigate to a website, that site may store information about your preferences in a cookie, which is then stored in a temporary area of your computer (-which you can delete at any time). Often cookies are recorded with an expiry date, after which time your browser removes them.

Google AdSense uses cookies to remember which adverts have been displayed to you across all participating websites - and which you have clicked on (e.g. to see the sort of things you may be interested in). This way, Google aims to serve you targeted advertising and (hopefully) not bother you with things that do not interest you.

Please see the Google Cookie Policy for more details of the Google AdSense privacy policy. By the way, the Linuceum has no connection with Google, excepting an agreement to serve adverts on our site on their behalf.

You should be able to disable cookies for the Linuceum site and it should still work fine - excepting that you might see adverts repeated or that are of no interest to you!

9. How do I Disable Cookies in my Browser?

This tends to differ, based on your browser, but here are links to the procedure for the most popular ones:

10. How do I know if there is a Video Tutorial available for a Topic?

Topics which are also covered by video tutorials will display the following icon next to their heading:

The Video Tutorial Icon

Alternatively, you can browse our Video Section.

11. What do the Link Colours mean in the Side Navbar?

By default, links are dark grey but the link currently being displayed is shown in blue and any links previously visited are shown in red. This will hopefully allow you to track where you are and where you have been!

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