A.5 The Debian maze
The Linux system is a very powerful computing platform for a networked
computer. However, learning how to use all its capabilities is not easy.
Setting up the printer is a good example.
There is a complete, detailed map called the "SOURCE CODE". This is
very accurate but very hard to understand. There are also references called
HOWTO and mini-HOWTO. They are easier to understand but tend to give too much
detail and lose the big picture. I sometimes have a problem finding the right
section in a long HOWTO when I need a few commands to invoke.
In order to navigate through this maze of Linux system configuration, I started
writing down simple reminder memos in text file format as my quick reference.
This list of memos grew larger and I learned debiandoc in the meantime. The
product is this Debian Reference.