Questions on Documentation on the wiki
sean at inwords.co.za
Thu Oct 27 17:00:18 UTC 2005
On Thursday 27 October 2005 18:37, Matt Kirchhoff wrote:
> Quoth Dennis Kaarsemaker on 10/27/2005 2:46 AM:
> > On do, 2005-10-27 at 09:10 +0100, Matthew East wrote:
> >>I am strongly opposed to this.
> > Me too, instead It should be made much and much clearer that Ubuntu and
> > Kubuntu are the same distribution.
> Why? To non-geek users they're *not* the same distribution. If a user
> has a different interface for burning CDs, listening to music,
> installing packages, etc. etc., then in a sense it is completely different.
> If I'm a non-technical user looking for help on installing packages, I
> don't want to go to wiki.UBUNTU.com, find the section on installating
> packages, and suddenly be presented with a bunch of information on
> things I don't see on my desktop. Wait a minute--the label on my CD says
> "Ubuntu"...what's all this mention of "Kubuntu"?
> The fact that we have separate websites (ubuntu.com, kubuntu.org) and
> forums (ubuntuforums.org, kubuntuforums.net) and logos only adds to the
> perceived division of the two.
> Quoth Matthew East on 10/27/2005 1:10 AM:
> > Having one wiki for both does not in any way impede the development of
> > kubuntu docs, IMHO.
> Yes, but it does impede the sanity of non-geek users looking for help!
> If I'm the only one who sees mixing docs as problematic, then I'll shut
> up! But I do think there needs to be at least *some* division, such as
> George Deka's suggestion of individual links pointing to docs for each DE.
Matt Kirchhoff is right.
The art of producing the docs for each distro in the same repos was originally
that we would all distributions would be able to benefit on the common base
and differentiate themselves with profiles and different stylesheet
formatting. But still to an everyday user, kubuntu is kubuntu, not ubuntu and
does not care much that there is a common base or that there is a Debian
system under there somewheres.
In earlier threads I brought up the question of whether it is a good idea for
kubuntu to be developing docs in the ubuntu repos. People objected, I respect
that and we move on. However, it now seems that people have a similar problem
with doing kubuntu docs under ubuntu wiki.
As I see it, without a technical benefit such as profiles or object reuse,
there is no real reason why kubuntu should be done under ubuntu. Oh the free
use of the Canonical server is a plus.
Anyway, I ranted my reasons before, won't do it again. But this makes me think
there may be something to it.
sean at inwords.co.za
Registered Linux User #375355
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