Find the answer to your Linux question:
Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 38
Like Tree6Likes
This one's going to be non-fiction and quite short. I'm calling it "The Charm of Linux". It will basically be a work of advocacy, not a HOWTO. I think I ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Harrow, UK
    Posts
    1,257

    My new book


    This one's going to be non-fiction and quite short. I'm calling it "The Charm of Linux". It will basically be a work of advocacy, not a HOWTO.

    I think I shall post the chapters up here for people's amusement as I complete them if that's OK with the mods. Here's the first chapter; I've had to disguise it as a .zip file but it's actually .odt (well that is a zip file, isn't it?).
    Attached Files Attached Files
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
    www.hrussman.entadsl.com

  2. #2
    Linux Guru Lakshmipathi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    3rd rock from sun - Often seen near moon
    Posts
    1,763
    I download the zip file - I can see is this :

    $ ls
    Configurations2 layout-cache META-INF mimetype styles.xml
    content.xml manifest.rdf meta.xml settings.xml Thumbnails
    Where to begin?
    First they ignore you,Then they laugh at you,Then they fight with you,Then you win. - M.K.Gandhi
    -----
    FOSS India Award winning ext3fs Undelete tool www.giis.co.in. Online Linux Terminal http://www.webminal.org

  3. #3
    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Either at home or at work or down the pub
    Posts
    3,638
    Quote Originally Posted by Lakshmipathi View Post
    I download the zip file - I can see is this :



    Where to begin?
    rename it to chapter1.odt or just open it with writer.

    Quote Originally Posted by hazel View Post
    This one's going to be non-fiction and quite short. I'm calling it "The Charm of Linux". It will basically be a work of advocacy, not a HOWTO.

    I think I shall post the chapters up here for people's amusement as I complete them if that's OK with the mods. Here's the first chapter; I've had to disguise it as a .zip file but it's actually .odt (well that is a zip file, isn't it?).
    It's very well written Hazel, but there is one thing I would question.

    As I understand it, open source is not free of intellectual property rights. The individual or organisation that created the software retains the copyright to it. It is released under a permissive licence which allows the user total freedom. Some such as the GPL require that modifications, fixes and improvements are made freely available in the form of the source. The BSD licence is even more liberal and can be summed up as "Here you go!"

    I don't know how significant that is in the context.
    Lakshmipathi likes this.
    "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
    Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
    It'll happen to you too."

    Grandpa Simpson



    The Fifth Continent

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Harrow, UK
    Posts
    1,257
    Quote Originally Posted by elija View Post
    As I understand it, open source is not free of intellectual property rights. The individual or organisation that created the software retains the copyright to it. It is released under a permissive licence which allows the user total freedom. Some such as the GPL require that modifications, fixes and improvements are made freely available in the form of the source. The BSD licence is even more liberal and can be summed up as "Here you go!"
    You're right. That sentence was misleading and I shall change it. In fact I have made your exact point later on, in the paragraph that deals with the difference between free software and public domain software. It's right at the end of the section on free software if you're interested. Thanks, that's the kind of constructive criticism I can do with.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
    www.hrussman.entadsl.com

  6. #5
    Linux Guru Lakshmipathi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    3rd rock from sun - Often seen near moon
    Posts
    1,763
    Renamed worked. I'll read it at my free time and post comments/feedback here.
    First they ignore you,Then they laugh at you,Then they fight with you,Then you win. - M.K.Gandhi
    -----
    FOSS India Award winning ext3fs Undelete tool www.giis.co.in. Online Linux Terminal http://www.webminal.org

  7. #6
    Penguin of trust elija's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Either at home or at work or down the pub
    Posts
    3,638
    Quote Originally Posted by hazel View Post
    You're right. That sentence was misleading and I shall change it. In fact I have made your exact point later on, in the paragraph that deals with the difference between free software and public domain software. It's right at the end of the section on free software if you're interested. Thanks, that's the kind of constructive criticism I can do with.
    So you did. I must have skipped or missed that the first time through. It's a good job I don't proof-read for a living. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
    "I used to be with it, then they changed what it was.
    Now what was it isn't it, and what is it is weird and scary to me.
    It'll happen to you too."

    Grandpa Simpson



    The Fifth Continent

  8. #7
    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Mason Texas
    Posts
    934
    Good job Hazel.
    Registered Linux user #526930

  9. #8
    Linux Engineer hazel's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Harrow, UK
    Posts
    1,257
    OK. Here's chapter 2.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    rokytnji and elija like this.
    "I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
    www.hrussman.entadsl.com

  10. #9
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    4,201
    I like your style as always.

    I was going to make a writing suggestion. But then. The fault was with a corrupted download and not your writing style. My isp strikes again.

  11. #10
    Linux Engineer MASONTX's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Mason Texas
    Posts
    934
    Another winner Hazel. Why weren't my college text books written this well?
    Registered Linux user #526930

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •