Re: 1) Identifying AS version? & 2) Gnome and AS?

James (root@kermit.globalnet.co.uk)
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 18:21:02 +0100 (BST)


On Fri, 30 Apr 1999, Martin DiViaio wrote:

# I realize that the "relationship" between Ziff Davis and the open source
# community is not a very good one...

they've even got a silly name :) 'Ziff' sounds like a toilet cleaner...

# Final point: Please remember that one of the first website "newbies" to
# Linux find is the LDP. One of the first things they read about is the
# fact that man pages are being phased out in favor of info files, HOWTO's

why are man pages being phased out? they're MUCH better than info files
(having to follow a 20 minute tutorial on JUST the info program put me off!
i kept forgetting the keypresses). I like howtos. TeX/LaTeX are ok for
printing, but you can't just call up a LaTeX page and read it like you
can with a man page

# and TeX files. Sometimes a "newbie" will tend to forget that man pages
# exhist at all and post questions that sometimes are VERY clearly
# explained in a man page that the user has never thought to read. This is
# also sometimes reinforced when you call up a man page for a common
# command and get "This man page is no longer being maintained..."

yeah, but if you carry on reading the unsupported pages you'll find they
tell you all you need to know anyway, providing you don't upgrade that
particular program you're ok (i've found man pages so old they say
"Berkely UNIX 1990" in them!).

man pages are easy to write as well, just nice n easy troff commands in a
file. 

# That's my $.02 worth on it. Excuse me while I dig out my asbestos
# underwear.

and there's my 2p's worth (probably $0.03 or something, subject to the
exchange rate :)

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