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Date:      Wed, 16 Jun 1999 17:40:36 -0500
From:      "Thatcher Hubbard" <hubbardj@earthlink.net>
To:        <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: Amusing: LinuxCountry site runs on FreeBSD :)
Message-ID:  <000001beb849$4099d7a0$0500a8c0@ocoee>
In-Reply-To: <19990616211240.KPEF404633.mta1-rme@wocker>

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  Hmmm...I guess he might not have put it to diplomatically, but he's right
to
some degree.  I actually have found that the books available for Linux
aren't very good for anyone who can type 'ls' on the con.  On the other
hand,
as a Linux-to-FreeBSD convert, I had great luck with the Linux HOWTOs and
MINI-HOWTOs, and I've found I had an easier time finding the docs I wanted
for Linux than I have for FreeBSD.  I DO NOT mean this as a criticism
though,
even when I began using Linux two years ago it had a larger much larger user
base than BSD does now.  Linux has also seen a lot more of a push for
'user-friendliness' than we have.
  Writing documentation is hard, it's even harder to write good
documentation,
and the organization and placement of those documents so newbies can find
what they want can be difficult too.  I think the HOWTO concept is good, and
I
for one would be willing to participate in creating and equivalent facility
for FreeBSD
users.
  As a final note, does BSD really want to go down the road that Linux has?
I
love it right now because it isn't bogged down with all sorts of mandatory
install
crap (a la RedHat) and it makes a great server or a great desktop for
someone
who has some UNIX familiarity.  I'm not against the creation of utilities
that make
systems mangement easier, but shouldn't we stress what an excellent server
it
is first?  It just seems like Linux may be putting too much towards the
desktop
initiative and ignoring what got it it's core user base in the first place.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Dan Langille
> Sent: Wednesday, June 16, 1999 4:10 PM
> To: Mr. M
> Cc: freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
> Subject: RE: Amusing: LinuxCountry site runs on FreeBSD :)
>
>
> On 16 Jun 99, at 14:05, Mr. M wrote:
>
> > Where is "Running FreeBSD" from O'Reilly?  How about another 70lb book
> > from SAMS called "FreeBSD Unleased"?
> >
> > If you want to see FreeBSD become more popular you have to make more
> > resources available to people so it will be much easier for
> them to learn.
>
> Thank you for volunteering to write a book.  I'm sure you won't have any
> trouble dashing one off to the publishers.  It's so rare that we get
> people taking on such a huge and often thankless task.  I'm sure
> the whole
> FreeBSD community will be right behind you in your efforts.
>
> cheers.
> --
> Dan Langille - DVL Software Limited
> The FreeBSD Diary     - http://www.FreeBSDDiary.org/freebsd/
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>
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