Once your system boots, you'll be presented with the login
prompt. Log in using the personal login and password you
selected during the installation process. Your system is now ready for use.
If you are a new user, you may want to explore the documentation which
is already installed on your system as you start to use it. There are
currently several documentation systems, work is proceeding on
integrating the different types of documentation. Here are a few
Documentation accompanying programs you have installed can be found in
/usr/share/doc/, under a subdirectory named after the
program (or, more precise, the Debian package that contains the program).
However, more extensive documentation is often packaged separately in
special documentation packages that are mostly not installed by default.
For example, documentation about the package management tool
apt can be found in the packages
In addition, there are some special folders within the
/usr/share/doc/ hierarchy. Linux HOWTOs are
installed in .gz (compressed) format, in
/usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt/. After installing
dhelp, you will find a browsable index of
One easy way to view these documents using a text based browser is to
enter the following commands:
$ cd /usr/share/doc/
$ w3m .
The dot after the w3m command tells it to show the
contents of the current directory.
If you have a graphical desktop environment installed, you can also use
its web browser. Start the web browser from the application menu and
/usr/share/doc/ in the address bar.
You can also type
to see documentation on
most commands available at the command prompt. Typing
help will display help on shell commands. And
typing a command followed by
usually display a short summary of the command's usage. If a command's
results scroll past the top of the screen, type
| more after the command to cause the results
to pause before scrolling past the top of the screen. To see a list of all
commands available which begin with a certain letter, type the letter
and then two tabs.