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How can the layman get involved with free software?

Feb 09, 2012, 13:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"The LDP meanwhile continues to tick over, and work produced by The Linux Documentation Project still forms the basis of most GNU/Linux system-level documentation and of several books, the best known of which has probably been the Linux Network Administrators? Guide. Linux and other free software has been fortunate in the extent and quality of online documentation and publications devoted to the software.

"The growth of Linux coincided with, and reflected, the development of the world wide web. It also coincided with the rise of US book publisher O?Reilly, which devoted itself in the early days to documenting open source languages and tools, from Perl to Linux device drivers. These days, there are few technical publishers who don?t have at least one or two free and open source texts at the heart of their catalogue ? and for the impatient user with an immediate problem or question, the answer is more often than not, a click and a search away. If the internet, properly used, is the most diverse information resource that has ever existed, free and open source software is probably the most heavily documented topic on the net, but close and accurate documentation of what a project intends remains a vital resource for every user."

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