[Ubuntu-manual] Releasing manuals less often, ditching translations

Anton Meixome meixome at certima.net
Mon Nov 1 11:02:41 GMT 2010


I agree too as translator (Galician). Manual only for LTS is
sufficient, and gives a window time for capitalize the effort.

Antón

2010/11/1 Hannie Lafeber-Dumoleyn <lafeber-dumoleyn2 at zonnet.nl>:
> Let me react on this as a translator (Dutch). I totally agree with your
> proposal to release the manual once a year, or even only for the LTS
> versions. To us translators every 6 months is also a bit too much. The lucid
> version is a very good manual for people who are new to Ubuntu, even if they
> are using Maverick at the moment. We are about to release the lucid version
> in Dutch (waiting for the quickshot server to work again).
> Regards,
> Hannie Dumoleyn
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Benjamin Humphrey" <humphreybc at gmail.com>
> To: "Manual mailing list" <ubuntu-manual at lists.launchpad.net>
> Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2010 10:50 PM
> Subject: [Ubuntu-manual] Releasing manuals less often, ditching translations
>
>
>> Hey guys,
>>
>> I don't have much time to write a lengthy email so this is going to be
>> to the point. As everyone will know, the last 4 months in this team
>> have been terrible - we've been getting nothing done, the manual for
>> Maverick is still not out and we're not moving forward. This is
>> combination of a few things, myself and a lot of the core contributors
>> have been extremely busy in the second half of 2010, we've been
>> pushing hard for the Lucid manual and some of us might be a bit burnt
>> out, our barrier for new contributors is way too high and the demand
>> for a new manual every 6 months, plus translations and screenshots is
>> just too much for the team to handle without full time contributors.
>>
>> Rather than see the team disintegrate, which would be terrible, I
>> figure we need to slim our goals down a bit and perhaps give us a
>> greater time span to work in. Hence I propose one (or both) of the
>> following:
>>
>> * Not releasing the manual for every release, but perhaps only .04
>> releases (yearly) or only LTS releases (every two years).
>> * Releasing only in English, at least until we have a better
>> infrastructure for translations
>>
>> My preference would be the first option. I feel that it's not
>> necessary for us to have a new manual every 6 months, what with the
>> large amount of documentation and support elsewhere and the fact that
>> not enough changes every six months to justify a new book. I think
>> that having our material in other languages is important, but it's
>> difficult to coordinate such a mammoth task when we have very limited
>> infrastructure for translation this amount of text.
>>
>> I believe if we toned down our lofty release goals, we'll have more
>> time to work on things like the Support and Learning Center, the
>> personas, quickstart booklets and other things, giving us a better,
>> more complete and concise product overall, even if it was released
>> less regularly.
>>
>> Please let me know your thoughts. We should also have a meeting soon.
>>
>> --
>> Benjamin Humphrey
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>>
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