git and a sysadmin book
Don Marti <dmarti <at> zgp.org>
2009-01-04 16:37:14 GMT
I really enjoyed the short thread about "long
round-trip-delays of getting a patch applied" and the
proposed solution, which turns out to be just to use
It seems like there's an opportunity to apply
distributed revision control thinking to computer
books, too. A lot of Linux books seem to have a
"on the one hand, on the other hand" approach,
which makes things hard on the new administrator,
just starting to set up a mixed Linux/legacy network.
You always end up with an untested combination of
stuff instead of the solid way that an experienced
administrator would have set things up.
What the world needs is (working title) The
Opinionated Guide to Linux System Administration.
(hey, if opinionated software is good, opinionated
documentation and administration should be good too.)
The official version would be the much-tested choices
of a small group of co-authors, and that would get
frozen, checked, and turned into the printed book
every so often -- but downstream users who really
wanted Exim instead of Postfix or something would
be free to fork. (In the long run, there might end
up being many site-specific versions of the book,
from which the core could pick changes.) Focus on a
small office network to start with -- the kind that
seems to be the hardest for Linux to catch on in.