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On Mon, 17 Jun 2002, et <etharp@earthlink.net> wrote:
> the "moving target" that a (IMHO) good Linux Distro should be is one of the
> greatest problems with creating "book" documentation, I would guess. by the
> time the reasearch and writting and printing and distribution of the paper
> goes out, it would be time for the next distro, with a number of improvments
> that would render the old book about as good as a 1970 phone book for Miami.
> the stuff flat out changed.
> It has been my experiance that the best documentation I can find is either
> refered to on is in this mail list (and the newbie list for installation) and
> some of the least fricton of any "help" method.

I'm hoping WikiLearn can help address this problem. It's not there yet, by any means, but take a look at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Wikilearn/AboutThesePages.

You can help, in any of these ways:

  • If you have a question, see if it's already answered on WikiLearn -- try http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/search/Wikilearn, or just click on search from any WikiLearn page. (Or, try a Google search including site:twiki.org or site:twiki.sourceforge.net in the search query.)
  • If it's not answered (or you don't think it's answered, after at least some attempt at a search), try creating a WikiLearn page with the question on it (you will need to register, see next bullet). Post to expert, newbie, or any other mail list, saying that you have a question about such and such and it's posted at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Wikilearn/<name_of_WikiLearn_page>. Suggest that people answer the question on that page.
  • Register to edit WikiLearn at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/TWiki/TWikiRegistration.
  • Subscribe to get a daily notification of page changes at http://twiki.org/cgi-bin/view/Wikilearn/WebNotify.
  • If you can answer a question, or help answer a question, edit the page with the question appropriately.
  • If you are experienced in Linux, Perl, cgi, html, and other good stuff, help me move WikiLearn to it's "permanent" location on SourceForge, or help me set up utilities and procedures for things like backups and so forth -- do a TWiki search on "ToDo" in page (topic) names.


1. Pages can be renamed, so if the initial name for a page is not intuitive / descriptive enough, the page name can be changed. Usually, it is a good idea to recreate the original page, delete all the "boilerplate text", and put a note there saying "Moved to <name of new WikiLearn page>.

2. WikiLearn is indexed on Google and similar web search engines. On Google, WikiLearn is indexed under two different domains, twiki.org and twiki.sourceforge.net. Last time I checked, the update cycle was 4 to 8 weeks, fortunately, sometimes the two domains are indexed at different times, thus (sort of) indexing the site twice as often.

3. As information goes out of date, and new information applies to new releases, I plan to preserve some old pages and implement a naming convention to identify old and new information. One possible scenario: A question answered about kde 3.0 might be answered on a page named ToastingRyeBreadWithKde. When kde 3.1 comes out, we might copy that entire page to a page named ToastingRyeBreadWithKde30, and add a note to the ToastingRyeBreadWithKde page saying that the information was developed for kde 3.0 and may need modification for 3.1. As time goes on, the page will (should) get modified appropriately. At the next release of kde, the process is repeated.

See AboutThesePages.


  • () RandyKramer - 18 Jun 2002
  • <If you edit this page: add your name here; move this to the next line; and include your comment marker (initials), if you have created one, in parenthesis before your WikiName.>

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