Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Online documentation: what's missing

Filed under
Misc

For several years I’ve been fascinated with technical information people get online, instead of from books or journals. Everybody looks online for help installing software, finding programming library calls, fixing bugs, and solving any other technical problem they have on their systems. (Systems, not computers–computers are boring, Steve Jobs told us that. Nobody wants to be associated with computers any more.)

A lot of information is still missing online. That’s good for O’Reilly, because it means the book industry still plays an important role. But this article is not about missing information in general. It’s about a specific segment of missing information: the frustration you feel when you visit a site and don’t understand it because it lacks some background you need.

Missing information is not such a widespread problem in books, because authors have space to lay out background. In fact, I believe the defining characteristic of a well-written technical book is its success in providing the necessary background.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

Today in Techrights

Linux and Graphics

today's howtos

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more