Is FreeBSD simple enough for Novices, Will FreeBSD accept Office 98 + Publisher?

cpghost cpghost at
Sun Apr 29 10:07:11 UTC 2007

On Sun, Apr 29, 2007 at 12:16:58AM -0700, Garrett Cooper wrote:
> LaTeX works wonderfully for regularly written documents and Texinfo for 
> technical documents or procedure manuals. Then for writing web 
> documents, you can always invest some time in just learning VIM + 
> colorizing the output, or maybe invest in a WYSIWYG HTML editor, and 
> touch up little things here and there. Bluefish works wonderfully for 
> this purpose I've discovered.

There's still another alternative: use a Wiki like MoinMoin to write
your book. You can then export the final version into a format that
can be ultimately converted into PDF. For example, MoinMoin Wiki
supports DocBook, which can be converted into HTML, LaTeX etc...

As a bonus, with a Wiki, you can retrieve previous versions of pages
for free and look at diffs you made between them, without having to learn
how to use a source code control system like CVS or Subversion.

With FreeBSD (or Linux, OSX ...), it's trivial to install MoinMoin
with an internal web server (Apache or Lighttd). You could then use
your favorite browser on the same machine or, if you prefer, on
any other machine (e.g. @home, @work, ...) and could always access
your (password protected) book draft. You may even have it peer-reviewed
and copy-edited by your publisher's team once it's ready.

It all boils down to this: what works best for you is just a matter 
of personal taste and work habits.


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