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OSNews: Editorial: The State of OSS Documentation

Nov 21, 2003, 01:00 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barry Smith)

"I recognize that Open Source folks are passionate. I understand and I applaud the dedication and fierce loyalty. But for the love of all that is warm and fuzzy, could you please give it a rest? Just for a little while? There is something else that really needs some attention: proper documentation.

"I have heard much lately about *Linux_On_The_Desktop*. I read that Linux is finally ready for the desktop. Then I read that Linux is not ready for the desktop yet, but it soon will be. I read that Linux has been ready for the desktop for years. I read that Linux is ready for a few specialized uses, but not ready for the home user. I read that Linux is so easy nowadays that anyone's grandma can use it. I read that the high level executives in the computer industry themselves can't cope with setting up their own computers... and then I read about a dachshund in Paducah that managed to install Gentoo unassisted and sent out three emails before his owner caught him..."

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