[ubuntu-uk] Why not contribute to Ubuntu Manual

Tony Pursell ajp at princeswalk.fsnet.co.uk
Thu May 10 10:36:57 UTC 2012

On 9 May 2012 19:52, Alan Pope <alan.pope at canonical.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm in a session at the Ubuntu Developer Summit about the Ubuntu
> Manual http://ubuntu-manual.org/ which you may remember was started
> some time ago with the goal of producing a high quality pdf (and
> printed) manual for Ubuntu desktop.
> They are looking for new blood to help author and edit the manual for
> 12.04 to be released around the time of 12.04.1 (July 19th). However
> we're trying to figure out why we don't have more contributors and
> what may be holding people back.
> So my question to you is:-
> "If you have considered contributing to Ubuntu Manual, but haven't,
> what's stopped you?"
> Some reasons might include:-
> * Lack of time
> * Lack of motivation
> * Lack of skill
> * Difficult to use tools
> Or something we're missing. We'd really like to know in case it's
> something we can fix. If you're interested in contributing, please do
> let us know, and we can help you get involved.
> Cheers,
> - --
> Alan Pope
> Engineering Manager
> Canonical - Product Strategy
> +44 (0) 7973 620 164
> alan.pope at canonical.com
> http://ubuntu.com/

Hi Alan

I'm looking at becoming an Editor now.  Looks reasonably straightforward to
get going.

I tried to get into helping with the OpenOffice.org manual a few years
back, but was defeated by the version control system.  But then I was on
Windows and had to install cygwin, etc to be able to SSH.

I assume that there is IRC, mailing list, etc to help out if I get stuck
over the technicalities.

BTW, there is no particular reason why I have not offered my help before.
All of the above reasons apply to some extent, but I think that a lack of
invitation/notification of the need for more help is a big factor as well.

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