Quoting myself from what I've sent to the Subversion mailing list
This is an introduction, aimed at people that don't necessarily know CVS or another similar software, that explains in simple terms how to setup a local Subversion repository, for a single user. (The goal is to have more people to try Subversion, by flattening the current learning curve.) Of course, any kind of feedback is welcome. I plan to publish another article, that will cover more advanced features -- networked repository, multiple users.
Thanks to chromatic for having encouraged me to write this article.