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Re: [gNewSense-users] Documentation

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Documentation
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2007 22:06:24 +1030

On Sun, 2007-12-23 at 23:50 +1300, Mark William Darbyshire wrote:
> Hello all!
> Thanks for the suggestions, Chris. I've put them all in.
> Some of Chris' suggestions are quite specific topics. If we're going to
> be that specific in a few areas we need to specific in quite a few more.
> I'm hardly a gNewSense expert, so please pipe up if you have anything
> you feel should be included in the documentation.
> Something else quite important: Since gNewSense is fairly unique in its
> approach to the four freedoms I think the documentation should not only
> walk people through installing and using gNewSense, but also say lots
> about the issues of freedom/ethics involved (for example, I've proposed
> an article in the Entertainment section introducing free formats and
> explaining why proprietary formats should be avoided).

Where posible i think a 3 sentence 'short' about an issue like that with
a link to the relevent article should suffice. we want to get
duplication of work to as close to 0 as posible :)

> Here's the proposed structure in its current state. Remember you can
> always view the latest version at
> and your suggestions on what
> else to include or how better to arrange the documentation are always
> welcome.

        0. about+why gnewsense

>      1. Installing gNewSense 

                0. system requirements.

>              1. Basic installation
>              2. Multi boot installation (installing gNewSense alongside
>                 another operating sytem)
>              3. Advanced installations
>      2. Introduction to the desktop environment 
>              1. GNOME
>              2. KDE

Does it make sense to talk about other desktops when these are the only
two supported? or is this (3) a 'long term' point?

>              3. Other desktop environments
>      3. Basic Settings 
>              1. Users
>              2. Networking and Internet 

The internet is a network.

>                      1. Dialup
>                      2. LAN and Broadband
>                      3. WAN ?

what is wan specifically?

>              4. Changing the Appearance of gNewSense 

perhaps this should be 'personalising'.
                        0. about me
>                      1. Desktop
>                      2. Screensavers
>                      3. Themes

i think 5 should meantion some of the games

>      5. Advanced 

I think this should be 6.

>              1. Security tools (Bastille & Tiger...)

One thing to think about looking into is how we can make use of upstream
(ubuntu) doco. i tried before, and building the docs package is a
nightmare of complexity (thats before we start trying to remove
"unsuitable" bits of docs).

> Regards,
> Mark.

Karl Goetz,
Debian user / Ubuntu contributor / gNewSense contributor

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