Originally Published: Thursday, 3 June 1999 Author: David Apfelbaum
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Dave's Diary, Entry 0: Why a Diary?

Caveat: This is my diary. It describes my way of doing things. If you don't like my choices, then don't make them on your computer.

There is no warranty expressed or implied here. Not even an implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE....


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Caveat: This is my diary. It describes my way of doing things. If you don't like my choices, then don't make them on your computer.

There is no warranty expressed or implied here. Not even an implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. You're going to have to use my ideas at your own risk. I am not responsible for any damage done. If, for example, as you're installing/using your linux system, you sit back in your easy chair, and you slide backwards slightly, bumping the table behind you, which knocks a radio into the pool right outside your computer room, killing the people in the pool, causing a massive short, which blacks out the entire city, but not after causing the power plant supplying your area with power, which just happens to be on a well known fault line, to explode, causing a massive earthquake, which sends California into the ocean.... IT'S NOT MY FAULT!!! (Caveat: This disclaimer was blatantly stolen from xcdroast. Who stole it from someone else. So credits go to that unknown person.)

Red Hat is a trademark of Red Hat corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows, 95, 98, NT, and Microsoft are undoubtably trademarks of Microsoft corporation. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Neither Red Hat nor Microsoft nor any other company has paid me or authorized me to say what I am saying. And most of them probably wish I'd just kept my big mouth shut. These are my opinions and my opinions alone. Copyright 1999 by David Apfelbaum. You may redistribute this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. So there!

Why a Diary?

Increasingly, I have run into people who are trying to get started with Linux. Lacking a fundamental framework, they don't know where to begin. They are lost in the forests of reference documentation.

Tutorials have been tried. But tutorials tend to work better with Microsoft products where there is at most one, and only one, true gatesian way of doing things. With linux, there are frequently many ways to accomplish the same task. Tutorials would get bogged down trying to describe the myriad ways for doing one task.

This Diary will be different. It will describe one way: my way. If you don't like my choices, then don't make them on your computer.

This Diary's goal is not to describe everything. Rather, it is to allow a novice user to look over a more experienced person's shoulder and learn enough to get started. Once started, that novice can continue to learn from the forests of documentation on their own.

That said, let's begin!





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