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Re: [opensuse] Re: [opensuse-announce] openSUSE 10.2 is done
  • From: Lake-Wind <lake-wind@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 10:20:07 -0500
  • Message-id: <45783127.3010803@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Carlos E. R. wrote:
> I keep all of mine - I do read them and point (RTFM) people to them ;-)
> In fact, I no longer buy the DVD because the paper admin book is no longer
> included: ie, just for that single reason.

I also keep all of my manuals, still refer to them often and
stopped buying the boxed set when the admin manual was no
longer included. I read the manual regularly, including at
night when I go to bed. My wife reads a novel, I read the SUSE
admin manual (some light reading before bed). :-)

I feel that Novell should publish the manual and sell it
separately, as previously suggested (on demand publishing). I
would ALWAYS buy the admin manual from them. As it stands now,
I just wait and buy books as they are published, like the SUSE
10 Bible which I recently bought at a local bookstore. It's
not as good as the admin manual was but it helps fill the
void. To me, the PDF's are useless. I don't look at them. I
don't like to read books on my computer!!!! I want a physical
book in my hands that I can take to the waiting room of my
doctors office, to bed, to the bathroom, to my easy chair,
etc... and read!

Lets face it, Novell did this to save money NOT to save a
tree! There's nothing wrong with them wanting to save money
but not by cutting out one of the best reasons to buy the
boxed set. If everyone was so concerned about saving trees,
then bookstores and publishing companies would go out of
business. I don't see that happening anytime soon. Trees are a
renewable resource and that reasoning is just ridiculous.

I won't buy another boxed set of SUSE until the admin manual
is shipped with it, in book form again as it should be. The
admin manual was the biggest reason for me to buy SUSE Linux
Pro. I had no problem paying for the boxed set when it was
included. Sure Microsoft no longer ships manuals with Windows
but why should Novell sink to Microsoft's level?

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