Nick Loeve ubuntu at trickie.org
Thu Mar 10 22:03:59 UTC 2005

Enrico Zini wrote:
> Having been around here for quite a while, I noticed that the Docteam
> has a tendency to slowly gather momentum, and as soon as things start
> working nicely, someone comes in and starts posting 10 mails a day
> asking to turn everything upside down.  I got used to it, but others
> tend to get scared.

I think it is more that existing contributors have spent a fair bit of 
time getting a workable infrastructure (in relation to the size of the 
team), and scraping that and starting again means just that, starting 
from scratch again.

I don't see how the wiki-based thing will enhance how the doc team works 
right now. How are we going to:

  - Integrate work that is already written?
  - Do things like a customized GNOME user guide?
  - Integrate existing documentation from other applications/process?

I am not saying it can't be done, but it will be a bit of a process. 
Docbook is the default standard for documentation for exisitng 
debian/ubuntu documentation, so are we going to convert all of it? And 
reconvert it when they change upstream?

I can see that half (maybe more) the time of the next release cycle will 
be spent setting up infrastructure, working out ways of gettings 
compatible with existing processes etc etc without even writing any 

Mediawiki is a great application, but it isn't even supported software 
in Ubuntu! It is PHP, which goes against the 'python as the 
implementation platform' for ubuntu. I like PHP but the doc team doesn't 
exactly have endless resources in respect to software development and 

So in the end, if we are going to change the whole doc team process as 
proposed, i think i will have to withdraw too. I don't have endless time 
to devout to the project, and a lot of time is going to have to go in to 
setting it all up and still having some documentation to show in the end.

Nice working with you all! And good luck!

trickie (Nick Loeve)

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