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:
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.
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).
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.
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is. .... Yogi Berra