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Re: debiantutorials.org seeks input and new blood



Paul Johnson wrote:
Chris Jones wrote:
On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 06:12:35AM EDT, Dotan Cohen wrote:
Check out the FreeBSD handbook at:
 http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/
It is also available as a pdf which is >1000 pages!  It doesn't cover
everything, but it does cover a lot.  They also have other books and
articles at http://www.freebsd.org/docs/books.html.

That sounds more like a problem than a solution. I would not try an OS
that had a 1000 page manual. I want simple, not comprehensive.
Actually, it's a great example.

It's a reference manual, not a getting started book - and like any reference manual it tries to have everything you might possibly need, but isn't designed to be read cover-to-cover - including everything from an introduction to Unix to installation to administration, with a comprehensive table of contents and index. Sort of like combining the Debian installation instructions, an introduction to Unix, basic user commands, and a sys admin manual, into one document.

1000 pages is also an exaggeration.

Take a look at it before you start bashing it.
I don't know about their more recent consumer-grade offering but you may
want to take a look at Windows '98. When I got the laptop, it came with
a 20-page or so manual. But then considering the "capabilities" of the
OS that was probably overkill anyway.

That wrongly assumes anything Windows is a modern OS, when in reality
it's just a rehash of the worst ideas CP/M and VMS had to offer.
Now Mac OSX, on the other hand is a lot more modern, with full-blown Unix underpinnings (BSD flavored). (Sure makes it easy to go back and forth between a Mac laptop and a Debian server farm).

Miles



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