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Call for articles, tips, & HOW-TOs

A new web site has been started called "debianHELP" at <http://www.debianhelp.org>.

DebianHELP's name is self-explanatory and the site is a slash-like format designed to feature helpful articles/advice on running Debian GNU/Linux, and for people to trade tips/carry on conversations to solve problems. For a more verbose idea of the site, read <http://www.debianhelp.org/about.php>.

The purpose of this message is to solicit articles and helpful advice for the web site.

These articles will hopefully be more likely to be read compared to some of the gems which come through the mailing lists and are tucked away in the list archives.

What kind of articles are needed? Everything! These don't have to be in-depth articles, but anything that shares your experience and would help a rookie Debian user. For example, here are some thoughts:

* How about something explaining the mail system? Explain MTAs, MUAs, the role of procmail. Or how about giving some explanations for typical setups and how a newbie would configure their system using "eximconfig"?

* Have you examined all of the various packages of a certain type of program (e.g. mail clients or proxy servers or mailing list managers or ...) lately while choosing which one was best for you? Why not write up a short summary of your experiences and save someone else the trouble of doing what you did?

* How about giving an overview of the various states/stages of a Debian release -- what is unstable, frozen, stable, and why or why not someone should run a particular version?

* How about explaining common security measures that a typical newbie will overlook? Or typical measures that you take for extra security when installing a new Debian system?

* Why not tackle a small HOW-TO on how to create a Debian kernel with Debian's own tools?

* How about explaining some of the many tips that experienced Debian users know but that newbies take a while to learn? For example, how to make a new startup script with update-rc.d or what /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list is for?

Can you think of any other ideas?  Go for it!

It doesn't matter what your level of expertise is -- believe me, I'm sure there's knowledge you have that you can write up and share which would benefit others. If you feel the same way, drop by <http://www.debianhelp.org> and post an article and share the wealth.

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