[rescue] "I prefer a GUI"

Mike Meredith mike at redhairy1.demon.co.uk
Tue Jun 14 13:04:54 CDT 2005

On Tue, 14 Jun 2005 09:35:06 -0500, Wes Will wrote:
> But don't count on good documentation, there is none.  Insufficient
> background, no step-by-step instructions for the assistance of the

This is a shame, because Unix used to be known for good documentation.
Not the right kind of documentation for a new user perhaps, but at least
you had a good chance of finding complete reference documentation for
all the important commands by just doing 'man somecommand'. Now you
can't even be sure that'll work.

> neophyte, and all too often an attitude of "I figured it out, you're
> stupid if you don't."  Just be patient, and ask people who've done it
> for a leg up (after you've tried it once or twice yourself).  

Make notes. Try to make them a few steps before you say "Uh oh! I'm
going to need notes on this later". Keeping a large A4 notepad next to
my keyboard was the one of the wisest things I've done recently ... the
brain cells have taking to learning things and then wandering off on

> Try Eric
> S. Raymond on for a quick look, he says it better than I.
> http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cups-horror.html

Printing. For some reason Unix printing has pretty much always been a
disaster area :(

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