August 27, 2007

Linux Documentation: Often Ignored For Poor Community Advice

Author: JT Smith

It has long since been my own personal experience that Linux documentation is largely ignored by Linux beginners in exchange for the interactivity of Linux forums. The reasons why will be further explored in this piece; however, today I have located a solid exception to the rule. Not only does this article provide the clearest, most no-nonsense method to getting SAMBA working without boring people to tears on the intricacies of the process, but they are also addressing something very important - poor documentation. One distribution that comes to mind when thinking about great documentation is Ubuntu. Anything you need to know, from NDISWrapper to utilizing restricted codecs, is listed in their documentation project. Unfortunately, it remains intimidating to many new users. Not the information so much, rather the reminder that they are essentially starting over.


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