|| ||Stein Gjoen <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||The Linux Documentation Project Announces Its 10 Year Anniversary|
|| ||Tue, 30 Sep 2003 22:54:50 +0200|
The Linux Documentation Project (TLDP) turns 10 and the
announcement, for immediate release, is attached.
The Linux Documentation Project (TLDP) is happy to announce its 10 year
Once upon a time there was a general consensus that Unix in general, and Linux
in particular, lacked good documentation. Matt Welsh decided to do something
about this and wrote the first Linux HOWTO, the Installation HOWTO the
first of what became a long series of focused, solution oriented
documents. It became a movement just like Linux itself. More and more
people joined in on the effort and tools were created and documents were written,
translated and published.
Ten years later, it is no exaggeration to say this issue has been dealt
with, thoroughly: TLDP today is one of the largest Internet projects,
where a few hundred people have written several hundred documents, from
small manual pages to in depth guides that span over a hundred pages,
covering nearly all aspects of Linux.
See the stats sidebar for the figures.
And it is all free, like open source software itself. In fact many Linux
distributions include a complete TLDP document set with the installation
to help the newcomer as well as the more experienced user.
TLDP is fully multi-lingual, people work and help on tools, review and
check, translate, publish and update.
All this requires work, and a core group of a few dozen aid the
authors through a series of mailing lists. In addition, TLDP is pleased
to acknowledge support from numerous companies over the years, including
Red Hat and IBM.
TLDP continues to grow still, in numbers of documents, supported
languages and also new services to better help an ever increasing
audience. To achieve this, TLDP is always looking for new volunteers
to join, ranging from authors, to programmers, to reviewers.
Authors: more than 450
Documents: more than 470
Mailing lists: 11
Subscribers: more than 400
Web mirrors: 350
Why become an author?
One of the most common ways people come to join TLDP is when they have
already written up notes on a problem they solved, be it new hardware,
an installation, troubleshooting or something else. Frequently people
realize others could benefit from these notes and submit them for
It is also a simple way of joining the world of free software, one that
does not require a 24 hour connection to the net to stay current.
Documentation follows a calmer path, a necessity since correct documents
will always be more important than fast but inaccurate documents.
No matter the reason, documentation is important to help others in
using their system to the fullest.
When TLDP receives a new document it is first given an initial review to
see how well it fits in and whether it overlaps with existing documents.
Sometimes the best solution is to amend the old document rather than make a
new one. Also TLDP helps with the documentation infrastructure that
makes it possible to produce the documents in a wide range of formats,
from the simplest plain text to typesetting for printing books. Next
comes publication where the document is included in the archive and
put on the web, not just on the main web pages but also on over 100
mirrors all over the world. From then on the author interacts with TLDP
in updating and maintaining the document.
For more information, please visit http://www.tldp.org
and read the LDP FAQ http://www.tldp.org/FAQ/LDP-FAQ/index.html
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