Re: A Cry For Help
On Wed, 13 May 1998, Jeff Garey wrote:
> Bravo! Couldn't have said it better myself! I seem to have the
> same experience...several years experience with computers, and a
> little programming, and a technical background in communications.
> Unfortunately, Linux is not my full time job. Documentation
> geared towards the novice user would be of great help.
> Jeff, a novice Debian Linux User
There is a half-finished Debian Tutorial to be found at
http://pobox.com/~hp. The writing isn't moving very fast at the moment;
however, what's there may be useful, and feedback would be wonderful.
You are 100% right of course, Debian is not really very good for novices
at the moment, and the lack of docs doesn't help. Unfortunately there are
all kinds of "Easy Linux" efforts, and not many "Easy Linux" results.
Hopefully the situation will be remedied over the next year or two, from
both the documentation and the interface point of view. You might want to
keep an eye on the GNOME project (www.gnome.org) though it's not ready for
prime time just yet and still requires a fairly complex manual compilation
since there's no debian package.
When you are no longer novices, just remember what it was like, and
contribute a section to the docs. ;-)
Havoc Pennington ==== http://pobox.com/~hp
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