New book concept

edwarddes edwarddes at
Sat Mar 31 17:16:21 PST 2001

please please please tell me this is an early april fools joke!!!

>I just had a little discussion with Gerard, Remenic, Highos, Nomis80,
>Gimli and bdumm in #lfs.
>We decided to change the concept of the book completely. 
>This means that you have to expect some big changes. 
>First of all we are going to include only the newest and actual alpha
>and beta-development versions of software to help the developers of
>those packages to find bugs earlier and get their programs work
>Second we will remove all unecessary information e.g. no description of
>what which install-command does, no man-/info pages installation anymore
>and such. This is essential to make it easier for professionals to
>install the LFS without having to read information they know anyway.
>This will of course only make the book much shorter. We are not sure
>yet, but it looks like splitting the book in chapters is not necessary
>then anymore.
>Of course the book will not be delivered in HTML and PDF (...) anymore,
>because PROs don't use GUIs anyway - a simple textfile will be enough.
>We know that this will be quite bad for all those newbies that wanted to
>_learn_ something from the book, but we decided that it's best to send
>them back to the distributions that just work. There is no need to
>_understand_ what goes on there - just use it.
>This will of course also decrease mailinglist-traffic. Which is quite
>important, because our mailboxes are full enough with SPAM these days.
>The main reason for us was that we wanted to have the cutting-edgest,
>newest and updatest linux-system in the world. We will be pioneers doing
>That's it for now - the other maintainers of the book might post some
>more modifications they are thinking of and that I might forgot to write
>     Ba-LLC-lu

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