Linux Documentation (was Re: [Consortium] Re: Linuxaudio.org
dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Mon Dec 4 11:12:39 EST 2006
Dan Easley wrote:
> i think two promising options for docs.*, both bandied around a bit on
> various lists, are
> 1. setting up a wiki, a la
> <http://lau.linuxaudio.org/faq/index.php/Main_Page> (though there are
> security concerns - twice now i've removed spam from this page) and
> 2. community development of a new edition of dave's book. was there
> any resolution as to the possibility of doing this? i believe dave
> ran it past his publisher but i can't remember the results. i haven't
> seen his book but am planning to buy it as soon as i start bringing in
> the full-time wage - would it be a good idea to use it as a base for
> our documentation (not word-for-word but structurally)? or would that
> incur a property rights liability?
Responding to option 2:
I've terminated the book project, at least my involvement in it is over.
My publisher and the contributors have known this for a few months, I
apologize for not announcing the fact earlier, but as you can see from
my updates to http://linux-sound.org I've not exactly been keeping up.
Various reasons prompted my decision, family concerns being the most
Re: book structure: As far as I'm concerned, go ahead, use it, it's just
a chapter succession. Lots of new headings should be added anyway.
By the way, I'm fairly certain that all my stuff published by LJ and
O'Reilly still belongs to me. They're pretty decent about it, all rights
revert to the author after a certain period, a nice nod from publishers
towards reusability. Anyway, again as far as I'm concerned the community
can assemble and revise that stuff as it sees fit.
And let's face it, folks, http://linux-sound.org and its mirrors are
doomed. I'm so tired of the maintenance that I'm just not doing any at
all. I'd like to see the community take over the lists and perhaps use
them as bases for a wiki catalog of Linux sound and music software.
Meanwhile I plan for one more update this month, then I'm unlikely to
continue working with it any longer.
I'm sorry but too many other important factors in my life require my
attention now. Writing another book and maintaining linux-sound.org are
unfortunately excluded. I'm not disappearing, I just can't manage those
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