Monday, October 12th, 2009

Learning about Linux and Other Technologies

October 9, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

I love manga and anime so I can’t help but look out for guides that are in those forms. Fortunately there are some of them. You remember Ubunchu? It’s the Ubuntu Linux newbie guide I talked about some time ago.

Ubunchu -- a manga about Ubuntu by Hiroshi Seo

Ubunchu -- a manga about Ubuntu by Hiroshi Seo

So far there are only two issues out but that’s ok. At least all of Ubuntu Linux fans will have something to refer to and share with our friends. Younger people and manga fans will have something cute to look at while learning some concepts about Linux, Ubuntu in particular. Speaking of Ubunchu, the second issue is basically an brief introduction on what the command line is. (The download links are there, for the original and translations, that is.)

Apparently there is already a publisher who has learning materials in manga form. It’s No Starch Press. They don’t have everything in manga form, but they do have books like the Manga Guide to Relational Databases, the Manga Guide to Calculus and the Manga Guide to Molecular Biology. I checked out the sample pages of the Manga Guide to Relational Databases and it does look interesting because there’s a fictional kingdom with a princess left behind to take care of the affairs of the kingdom. It reminds me of an RPG with an inventory you look at and your currency is in Gold. I saw it via a review on the LinuxPro magazine blog. This interesting review of the Manga Guide to Relational Databases makes me curious if they would ever release manga guides to various concepts about Linux and Free and Open Source Software. I think that it will be cool if they end with a manga series for Linux and Open Source. It will not only look cute but geek humor could be infused entirely into the way things will be taught. Guides tend to be long and detailed and some of them could be dragging without images to illustrate what they mean. And sometimes analogies help learners retain information better.

I hope to see more awesome stuff that help us learn more about Linux distros and the tools and applications we use on them. : D

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