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Re: [OT] OpenSource Documentation Fund


I don't disagree with this, once of the ways they have gotten around
problem is including CD's in the books. This gives a perceived value

Although anyone can do the same thing. There are way around this though.
If people release their documentation under the OPL for example. It
could allow for free distribution but does not allow other publishers to
print the book.

The other item, is that most publishers do not want to put the work into
the free documentation. That is why we only see snippets of it published

I don't know that their is any one answer but at least OpenDocs is
trying to help.


David Lawyer wrote:
> On Fri, May 26, 2000 at 08:23:31AM -0700, Poet/Joshua Drake wrote:
> > For Immediate Release:
> >
> > OpenDocs Publishing announces: The Open Source Documentation Fund.
> [snip]
> > http://www.linuxcentral.com. Every time somebody purchases the book
> [the book consists of LDP docs]
> > Administrating Linux: The Basics OpenDocs will place 3.00-5.00 USD
> > into the fund.
> The problem here is that someone else can publish LDP docs, not pay
> authors anything, and then undersell whoever does pay them.  As
> electronic media (distribution via the Internet and CDs) becomes
> predominant, this publishing scheme loses it's significance.  It also
> saves paper and trees.
> Thus I think we need other methods of funding.  Governments and
> charitable organizations could be one source.  Another is to ask for
> donations from users of Linux, especially ones who have gotten it
> free by downloading or using someone else's CD.
>                         David Lawyer

<COMPANY>CommandPrompt  - http://www.commandprompt.com  </COMPANY>
<PROJECT>OpenDocs, LLC. - http://www.opendocs.org       </PROJECT>
<PROJECT>LinuxPorts     - http://www.linuxports.com     </PROJECT>
<WEBMASTER>LDP          - http://www.linuxdoc.org       </WEBMASTER>
Instead of asking why a piece of software is using "1970s technology,"
start asking why software is ignoring 30 years of accumulated wisdom.

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