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The big Linux Achilles: Documentation

Dec 08, 2009, 09:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"Man pages are pretty much worthless for new users; the Linux Documentation Project is a failure (I just pulled up an article on "Automounting" dated 2002-12-27, and Google searches bring up mostly forum posts). This, of course, is not to say that developers of applications aren't doing their part. When an application has a help document included, they certainly can be helpful. For instance: the Claws Mail "Manual" entry in the Help menu takes you to the online Claws Mail User Manual - a very useful site.

"The included OpenOffice manual is very helpful and massive.

"But there are other applications that don't hold up so much. And some applications don't even install the documentation by default. GnuCash is one of them. If you want documentation, you have to install it separately. Sure that's a no-brainer for some of us, but for many, it just fails to compute. And that's where my problem begins."

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