Utilize Search Engines and Documentation

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To save your own time and be easy on the developer team please use search engines and utilize the extensive Kicksecure documentation. Search for answers to your questions before asking for help, especially for basic questions, as many common issues and solutions are already documented.


The Kicksecure team is promoting the "Self Support First Policy". It is a policy, usually employed by small open source teams with limited resources. It means utilizing all of your options from public sources first, then search engines, already existing content and answers, then sources inside the forumarchive.org and only then consider reaching out in the forum and through direct support.

Details on Self Support First Policy

Visit Self Support First Policy for a full explanation of this policy. Selected Details:

  1. Self support is often easier and more effective than suspected. It saves the user time and helps the developer team concentrate on improving the product
  2. Please Use Search Engines And See Documentation First and read the FAQ. Most questions have already been answered.
  3. Use the Kicksecure internal search engine and external search engines like DuckDuckGo and Startpage which the additional keyword "Kicksecure".
  4. Search the Kicksecure User Forumsarchive.org and issue tracker for the problem.
  5. If possible, search for a solution without the Kicksecure-specific part of the question, as it may have been answered in mainstream Linux fora.
  6. Check if the problem can be replicated in vanilla operating system environments like Debianarchive.org bookworm, Xfce.
  7. See General Advice.
  8. See documentation introduction, user expectations, footnotes and references.

Unless purchasing Premium Support, please do not ask very basic questions like:

  • How do I update Kicksecure?
  • How is Kicksecure run on Windows?
  • How does VirtualBox work?
  • How do I do X on operating system Y?

First consider whether someone else has likely raised the exact same question or issue. Experience has shown that most topics have already been discussed within the Kicksecure community and often been documented.

Before asking a question, please first use search engines, refer to the Documentation and query existing threads in the Kicksecure forumsarchive.org.


Existing resources should be consulted for several reasons:

  • Kicksecure is a technological means to security, but staying safe necessitates complete behavioral change; it is a complex problem without an easy solution. The more you know, the safer you can be.
  • Available Documentation can provide answers to some of these questions.
    • Documentation answers are generally of higher quality than information posted in a casual setting (like forums or chat).
  • Some questions/topics are generic in nature and out of scope for Kicksecure -- in these cases the questioner must acquire a basic prerequisite knowledge of computing elsewhere before attempting further procedures.
  • The Self Support First Policy Rationale and Support Request Policy Rationale apply.

Developers have made significant efforts to configure safe defaults, but operational security (opsec) is not realized by merely using a suitable platform. Staying safe requires a change of mindset and necessary skills are normally developed via trial and effort, experimentation, and general education.

Computing security is complex subject, which means it is improbable that volunteers can assist with every step of the journey and learning curve. Or course advanced questions about Kicksecure are welcomed, particularly for undocumented use cases. [1]

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  1. Time permitting and when developers have sufficient interest.

Unfinished: This wiki is a work in progress. Please do not report broken links until this notice is removed, use Search Engines First and contribute improving this wiki.

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