[ubuntu-studio-devel] Proofreading for recent blog post

Erich Eickmeyer erich at ericheickmeyer.com
Wed May 23 20:25:48 UTC 2018

> On May 23, 2018, at 12:47 PM, Jacob Kauffmann <jacob at nerdonthestreet.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I found the 18.10 blog post (published on May 14, 2018) through a link on DistroWatch, and while reading through, I noticed several typos/grammatical mistakes. Please do not take this the wrong way; I like Ubuntu Studio as a project, and I want it to have a professional image so people can feel confident about it as an operating system choice. If whoever's in charge of the website wishes to fix the typos, here they are:

Thanks, Jacob!

> Paragraph 1: "remaining with what you you have" - the word "you" is repeated by mistake.

Yikes, didn’t catch that. I usually proofread my own stuff but yeah, that flew by.

> Paragraph 2: "an unique flavor" - a common mistake for non-native speakers, if a word starts with the letter "U" but that letter makes the sound of a "Y," it is preceded with "a," not "an." So it should be "a unique flavor." In addition to being technically correct, this also sounds much more natural.

This depends on which country as I’ve seen it both ways. I think typically the UK puts the “an” in front of a vowel regardless, but I could be wrong. I’ve seen/heard/used it both ways. Either way, I won’t belabor this, so I’ll make the change.

> Paragraph 5: "a close decedent" - the word "decedent" means a dead person. It sounds like you meant "descendant," something that has developed from an earlier version.

Yes, that’s true. I’ll fix it.

> Nepomuk bullet point: "performance problems in Plama 4" - obviously should be "Plasma 4.”

Yes. Thanks.

> Myth 3 section: this section abruptly ends with "Xfce will remain to be offered" and no punctuation. I'm not sure if that sentence got cut off or if it's just missing a period at the end, but either way, it's pretty glaring the way it is right now.

It was late and I was tired. Probably should read “Xfce will continue to be offered."

> If the Ubuntu Studio project has any interest in having a proofreading contributor to check for issues like these before publishing the posts (or setting up a system to provide mechanical feedback like this more directly), I would be happy to volunteer for that. Otherwise, thanks for your attention.

You know, we could use a lot of help with documentation. Ryan Hoover (SlidingHorn) is leading that, and would be the perfect person to get you involved. He’s on the mailing list, so he’ll see this.

In the meantime, I’ll make those edits. Thanks for your help!


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