Book Bad, Improve Book

Sash sash at dalriada.com
Tue Mar 7 21:51:51 PST 2006



Richard A Downing wrote:

>Sash wrote:
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>>Chris Staub wrote:
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>>>roliopolio wrote:
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>>>>I was looking forward to LFS bringing clarity into my Linux world.  
>>>>Maybe it will,  but I can't even build it.
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>>>In other words, you want to be hand-held every step of the way. You
>>>want the book to tell you explicitly every single command, and don't
>>>really want to learn anything from it.
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>>>>--  What might also be useful is a list of explicit pre-amble
>>>>instuctructions that set up the environment 
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>>Why couldn't we have a book for beginners? A book with basic Linux
>>instructions. A book that is so basic anyone who knows how to use a
>>computer and understands a bit about operating systems could build a
>>system and learn along the way? Rather than just preaching to everyone
>>they have to have x months of linux experience, must have read this
>>prerequisite, and that prerequisite; let's put a book together that
>>encompasses all of that. People get tired of the main option for use on
>>a computer, discover Linux, hear about LFS, jump in the deep end and
>>either drown in frustration, give up and walk away with a bitter taste
>>of failure, or hang around reading and hoping someday it will all make
>>sense. The steps in the book aren't hard to follow. It's getting ready
>>to begin the book that loses many. Let's make a study group that begins
>>at the beginning. The people in that "study group" could stay away from
>>all the devs and editors except the ones who wanted to participate. We
>>could actually begin at the beginning and progress to LFS. Who knows we
>>might even last through BLFS. Anyone interested?
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>>Sash
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>Why should we assume that people start from knowing how to use a
>computer?  When I grew up no-one knew what a computer was, never mind
>how to use one (I plan to learn RSN).  The biggest problem that Linux
>has is that everyone learns computers with Wingdoos, and not with a
>proper system.  Wangflues is just not the right way to think, never mind
>use a computer.
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>We should have a book for beginners - Absolute Beginners - you know like
>the kids in the school next door.  But it won't be a book about building
>Linux from Scratch.  It could be a book about a distro built from
>LFS/BLFS (DVD in the cover) though.
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>'Start life with Linux'
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>R.
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I agree, R, when shall we begin?

Sash



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