Re: [PATCH] README: Find more sane first words we have to say about Linux

From: Jonathan Corbet
Date: Mon May 01 2017 - 11:44:46 EST

On Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:11:35 +0200
Martin Kepplinger <martink@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Imagine you're completely new to Linux, just real quick, ok? What do you do?
> Wouldn't having a look at README be under first if no *the* first thing?
> Ah there it is: README. "Linux kernel". nice! So what's that?
> "This file was moved to ...... Please notice that there are several....".
> Wtf!? Why? Can't they just tell me what's going on like a normal person?

So I don't doubt we could put something better there, but can we think for
a moment about who the audience is here? If you're "completely new to
Linux", will you really start by jumping into the kernel source tree?
Somehow I'm not quite convinced... It seems to me that the README file
should be aimed at developers who know what the kernel is but are not yet
familiar with the process of configuring and building it.