"Since 1992 an organization called the Linux Documentation
Project (LDP) has worked to develop free, high-quality
documentation for Linux. It is set up much the same way as the
Linux development team. Volunteers from across the Internet
work together. The LDP develops three types of documents:
Guides, HOWTOs, and FAQs."
"Guides are full-fledged books about Linux covering broad topics
like Network Administration. Some guides have been published and
are available through bookstores. ... HOWTOs provide help on a
specific subject. Most, but not all, give instructions telling you,
well, how to do something! HOWTOs deal with subjects like setting
up your hardware, recompiling the kernel, programming, and using
"FAQ stands for Frequently Asked Questions. It is a common means
of documentation used all over the Internet. Questions that are
often asked, and can be easily answered in a sentence or two are
kept here. Most often these questions are of the What, Why, When,
Where variety. You should read the FAQ on a specific issue before
asking a question in case it is already answered."
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