- HOWTO article
A HOWTO Article, often called just a HOWTO, is an article that usually explains 'how to' use a certain piece of software but can be applied to almost anything including the preparation of fruit salads. While HOWTOs are in many ways tutorials for a specific task, they are not just tutorials as they tend to be much more in-depth, explaining some level of theory along the way, and in that a reader of a well-written HOWTO is more likely to glean some sort of general knowledge about the software in question. Furthermore, a HOWTO often assumes a higher level of basic knowledge on the topic in question.
There are many sources for HOWTO articles, one of the most famous being the
Linux Documentation Project, a project to document features of Linuxand GNUsoftware.
Physical Publishing of HOWTO Articles
Some HOWTOs have also been published in book-form by
O'Reilly, like Olaf Kirch's Linux network admin HOWTO, and NET-HOWTO. The fact that the information is freely availvable online has not stopped the sale of the book-form. Red Hatpublished a book entitled " Doctor Linux" that consisted entirely of HOWTOs available under free licenses, most of which was available under the GFDL. The book was popular enough that Red Hat made a profit from the sale of the book. Fact|date=February 2007
HOWTO Articles on the web
* [http://tldp.org/docs.html#howto The Linux Documentation Project HOWTOs] - documentation for the
* [http://newbiedoc.berlios.de Debian NewbieDOC Articles] -
DebianGNU/Linux documentation for newbies by newbies (and not-so-newbies).
* [http://gentoo-wiki.com/Main_Page Gentoo Wiki] : many HOWTOs
* [http://www.linux.org/docs/ldp/howto/HOWTO-INDEX/howtos.html Linux.org HOWTOs] - HOWTOs for
* [http://www.amk.ca/python/howto/ Python HOWTOs] - Documentation for Python coding.
* [http://www.howtoforge.org HowtoForge]
* [http://howto.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page Wikihowto] - A HOWTO site with a large quantity of
Linuxand computer related HOWTOs, and also includes all types of HOWTOs
Funny HOWTO Articles
Some HOWTO articles are written in an ironic sense, and document either non-existent procedures, or document procedures in a nonsensical and amusing fashion. Such articles are related in spirit to such projects as
* [http://packages.debian.org/stable/doc/asr-manpages asr-manpages]
* [http://packages.debian.org/stable/doc/funny-manpages funny-manpages] .
The Hacker's Dictionary
* [http://www.tldp.org/ The Linux Documentation Project] , a popular repository for HOWTO documents.
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