Printed manuals?

Joseph Method tristil at
Wed Feb 1 19:27:36 UTC 2006

When it rains it pours:

On 2/1/06, Andrew Jorgensen <andrew.jorgensen at> wrote:
> Matt (mdz) said I should bring this up here:
> I think it would help if one could buy a printed manual.  Even if it's
> just the Quick Start Guide.
> One of my friends wanted to try Linux so rather than download it or
> borrow a CD he went out and bought a book that came with a CD of
> MEPIS.  This reminded me that I started out with SuSE partly because
> it came with a decent manual.  We try very hard to make Ubuntu not
> need a manual, but there are a lot of people out there who prefer to
> have one anyway (if for nothing more than to see all the cool stuff
> you can do with the software).  Even MacOSX at least has a little
> booklet and O'Reilly is making money picking up[3] where Apple left
> off.
> The manual could come with a set of CDs.  That might be more effective
> than a box with CDs and a manual since manuals that come in the box
> are notorious for being an afterthought.
> Has something like this already been discussed?  What are your thoughts.
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