[CentOS-docs] Docs strategy and tactics [RFC]

Karsten Wade

kwade at redhat.com
Tue Mar 24 00:18:01 UTC 2015

Hash: SHA1


I know you are still researching, but I think you may have enough to
write up your proposal in the Melange tool. The deadline for
applications to be input is 27 March at 19:00 UTC. However, that is
followed by a few more weeks for you to work with me and other
mentors/helpers to refine the application. So your next step is to
work on and submit that proposal.


Once we have you (and any others) in the Melange system, I'm going to
work with Shaun and any others to help narrow my scope to something
that is and doable in a summer's time. Shaun's warnings about the
difficulties of syncing with an upstream are really important, and we
may want to think of a way to loosely couple rather than try to solve
the problem in general.

If folks don't mind, I'd appreciate continuing at least some of this
discussion on this list -- we need to make sure that this toolchain
lines up with our process, and that process is itself sane and doable.


- - Karsten

On 03/17/2015 03:21 AM, kunaal jain wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 3:30 AM, Shaun McCance <shaunm at redhat.com>
> wrote:
>> Just to throw another wrench in: I don't know what DigitalOcean's
>> docs are like, but Linode generally provides their guides for
>> Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS. However, for whatever reason, they
>> tend to do Ubuntu first. So there are bunches of guides without
>> CentOS versions.
>> They do allow people outside Linode to submit guides. So outside
>> of normal CentOS docs, a useful exercise would be for people to
>> port non-CentOS guides on Linode (and other places) to CentOS. It
>> would increase mindshare for CentOS.
> I think with porting of content, main focus should be on new
> content. If we create the complete documentation procedure i.e.
> automating this long procedure ----> writing content in markup
> language -> pull request -> discussion -> changes -> Identify the
> module and upstream -> converting content in relevant design, style
> -> pushing to upstream -> updating CentOS docs -> update website.
> If this toolchain becomes friendly, I am sure even the normal
> CentOS user, if learns new thing, would happy to write a document
> about it and push it to us. Even upstream software benefit with
> this documentation .
>> Sure. I've dealt with quite a bit of this while working on GNOME
>> docs. It's challenging, but mostly enjoyably so. I mentioned to
>> Karsten off-list that, if you want a usable system at the end,
>> it's important to really define the workflow and what tools are
>> needed. I've had quite a
> Hence this thread comes into existence on this mailing list to
> discuss the workflow and tools with those people who actually deal
> with this on frequently basis.
> This was my attempt to start discussion on technical aspect of
> this. 
> http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-docs/2015-March/005594.html
>> few GSoC projects that just ended up as interesting experiments,
>> but never got used. Interesting experiments can be fine, but not
>> if your documentation strategy depends on them.
> I agree. But as Jason said we need to experiment, give people this
> new option. _______________________________________________ 
> CentOS-docs mailing list CentOS-docs at centos.org 
> http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-docs

- -- 
Karsten 'quaid' Wade        .^\          CentOS Doer of Stuff
http://TheOpenSourceWay.org    \  http://community.redhat.com
@quaid (identi.ca/twitter/IRC)  \v'             gpg: AD0E0C41
Version: GnuPG v2


More information about the CentOS-docs mailing list