Linux.com: Getting the Most From Your System: The Linux Documentation Project (LDP)Feb 24, 2001, 12:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc Baker)
"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 Linux programs."
"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."