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

Chris Woollard cwoollard at gmail.com
Fri Nov 5 10:46:28 GMT 2010


I have been thinking quite a lot about the idea of doing a new manual only
for the LTS release. This could be a reasonable idea considering the amount
of time and effort involved in writing a manual.

In addition to the LTS manual, it might be worth doing a New Features guide
every release that just contains changes since the LTS. Obviously this would
be a lot shorter than a full manual release, so should be easier to do.
Maybe just containing an updated installation chapter and a chapter about
other new features. Considering that with 11.04 the default interface is
changing to unity, it might be useful.

Let me know what you think?

Thanks
Chris


On 1 November 2010 11:02, Anton Meixome <meixome at certima.net> wrote:

> 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.
> >>
> >> --
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