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Re: Another list? (was Linux vs. NT Security contest)



Actually, I get the idea that Theo is getting tired of lots of talk and no
action.  I think Jeremie has a better idea even than how-to's, tho.

On Wed, 22 Sep 1999, alex wrote:

> > If we had an indexed repository of HOW-TO's, or the like, it would
> > be very helpful.
> 
> I might be wrong about this, but there seems to be a consensus among
> OpenBSD developers that docs ought to be folded into the man page
> system.  In particular, Linux style HOWTOs seem to be discouraged.
> 
> Can someone explain the thinking behind this to me?  Or set me
> straight if I'm wrong?
> 
> I think that most Linux users would agree that HOWTOs are the most
> useful docs for that OS.  I remember when the Linux Documentation
> Project was focusing on books (ie., the Network Administrator's
> Guide), and the HOWTOs were seen as stopgaps.  Now the books are
> stagnant and almost never consulted, while the HOWTOs are the core
> system docs.  They've got a good track record.  Users like them, and
> they get the job done.
> 
> Obviously there are reasons why things are the way they are...  I'm
> not trying to rock the boat, but I am curious what those reasons are.
>