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Re: Informal survey (was Re: Banner ads)

On Sun, Oct 24, 1999 at 01:31:53PM +1000, terry@animats.net wrote:
> > I am afraid, at least in IMHO it is not obvious, agreed, most people that
> > are reasonable Linux Veterans know of the Linux Documentation Project but
> > most people I talk to that are just "hobbyists" have never heard of us.
> > Most new users don't even know where the /usr/doc directory is. And even
> > if it is listed in the CD or Book... when was the last time you read the
> > instructions?
> People don't need to have heard of the LDP. The LDP exists to produce
> quality documentation, it doesn't exist to promote itself.

Right, however it should promote free documentation.

> I think the only reason the LDP (the informal entity) needs a
> public profile at all is to promote the idea of it being something to
> contribute to.

Finding new authors is important, but promoting free documentation is
more important!

> We shouldn't be promoting the LDP. We should be promoting the works of
> the LDP, and we should be promoting contribution and participation in
> the LDP.

I see we agree.

> Writing documentation is good. It's fun, boring, rewarding,
> thankless work and is critically important to the success of Linux.

Once again, I fully agree with that.

Guylhem Aznar, Linux Documentation Project: http://www.linuxdoc.org
PGP key: http://oeil.qc.ca/~guylhem ; Email: guylhem \@/ oeil.qc.ca
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