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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State FOSS Documentation?

Linux Slashdot - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 16:08
First time accepted submitter TWX writes I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago. TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?

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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State of FOSS Documentation?

Linux Slashdot - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 16:08
First time accepted submitter TWX writes I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago. TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


Categories: Linux News

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About the Sorry State FOSS Documentation?

Linux Slashdot - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 16:08
First time accepted submitter TWX writes I've been out of computers as a serious home-hobby for many years and in returning I'm aghast at the state of documentation for Open Source projects. The software itself has changed significantly in the last decade, but the documentation has failed to keep pace; most of what I'm finding applies to versions long since passed or were the exact same documents from when I dropped-out of hobbyist computing years ago. Take Lightdm on Ubuntu 14.04 for example- its entire configuration file structure has been revamped, but none of the documentation for more specialized or advanced uses of Lightdm in previous versions of Ubuntu has been updated for this latest release. It's actually harder now to configure some features than it was a decade ago. TLDP is close to a decade out-of-date, fragmentation between distributions has grown to the point that answers from one distro won't readily apply to another, and web forums for even specific projects are full of questions without answers, or those that head off into completely unrelated discussion, or with snarky, "it's in the documentation, stupid!" responses. Where do you go for your FOSS documentation and self-help?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








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This Is What’s New In Linux 3.16

Omgubuntu - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 15:06

Linus posted a new stable release of the Linux kernel this weekend. Great. But what changes does it bring? Take a look...

The post This Is What’s New In Linux 3.16 first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Factory-fresh delivery: Get your OpenSUSE fix daily

The Register - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 14:59
Milestone builds are for fat and buggy software projects

Open-sourcers running OpenSUSE’s development have adopted a browser-based model of development for their beloved distro.

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It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

The Register - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 14:01
No, I want to be the one with the bat and the ball

Intel’s Internet of Stuff standards-seeking group is planning to have a first code drop of middleware ready for developers in the third quarter this year, the firm told The Register.

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What is Docker and why is it so darn popular?

Zdnet news - Mon, 04/08/2014 - 12:34
Docker, a new container technology, is hotter than hot because it makes it possible to get far more apps running on the same old servers and it also makes it very easy to package and ship programs. Here's what you need to know about it.
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Latest Skype Release Now Available from Ubuntu Software Center

Omgubuntu - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 14:25

The latest stable release of Skype 4.3 for Linux is available to install from the Ubuntu Software Center on 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS.

The post Latest Skype Release Now Available from Ubuntu Software Center first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Comparison: Linux Text Editors

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 23:19
jrepin writes: Mayank Sharma of Linux Voices tests and compares five text editors for Linux, none of which are named Emacs or Vim. The contenders are Gedit, Kate, Sublime Text, UltraEdit, and jEdit. Why use a fancy text editor? Sharma says, "They can highlight syntax and auto-indent code just as effortlessly as they can spellcheck documents. You can use them to record macros and manage code snippets just as easily as you can copy/paste plain text. Some simple text editors even exceed their design goals thanks to plugins that infuse them with capabilities to rival text-centric apps from other genres. They can take on the duties of a source code editor and even an Integrated Development Environment."

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The Companies that Support Linux: Daynix Consults on Cloud and Virtualization Technologies

Linux.com - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 23:14

Daynix is a software development and consulting company based in Israel that helps companies navigate this new world of cloud infrastructure and virtualization. Last week the company joined The Linux Foundation as a new corporate member.

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Linux Foundation's free online intro to Linux class opens its doors

Zdnet news - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 22:50
Want to learn your way around Linux? Your free Linux introduction class opportunity starts on August 1st.
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Open-Source Media Center ‘XBMC’ Announces New Name

Omgubuntu - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 19:20

One of the most popular open-source media center applications that's available on Linux (and other platforms) is getting a new name.

The post Open-Source Media Center ‘XBMC’ Announces New Name first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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10 Good Reasons To Learn Linux

Linux.com - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 17:57

Our Introduction to Linux edX course starts today, so if you’re not already enrolled, here are 10 reasons why you should sign up now.

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Free Intro to Linux Online Course Starts Today

Linux.com - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 17:50

The Linux Foundation's free online course, Introduction to Linux, started today on the edX website. Students have already begun to take the course, which covers the basic tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users. It's not too late to sign up!

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Second Alpha for Ubuntu 14.10 Flavors Released

Omgubuntu - Fri, 01/08/2014 - 14:16

Development of Ubuntu 14.10 continues, as the second alpha releases of the cycle are made available for download, including Lubuntu.

The post Second Alpha for Ubuntu 14.10 Flavors Released first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How to Easily Create a Ubuntu Kiosk Computer

Omgubuntu - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 23:24

Linux distributions can be as feature-packed or as stripped back as needed, powering anything from inner-city signage to city council desktops.

The post How to Easily Create a Ubuntu Kiosk Computer first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How to Set up Server-to-Server Sharing in ownCloud 7 on Linux

Linux.com - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 22:50

How to install ownCloud 7 and configure its best new feature, server-to-server sharing.

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6 Raspberry Pi-Like Clones and Extensions

Linux.com - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 21:22

Eric Brown takes a look at some of the more commercial Raspberry Pi-like and Pi- based boards and computers available for sale today.

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Ubuntu Phone Adds New ‘Swipe to Close’ App Gesture

Omgubuntu - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 14:59

An improved way of quitting running applications in Ubuntu for devices is about to land in development builds — and this is how it works.

The post Ubuntu Phone Adds New ‘Swipe to Close’ App Gesture first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu Gone: Deadline Sees All Ubuntu One Data Deleted

Omgubuntu - Thu, 31/07/2014 - 13:50

If you're yet to retrieve files stored on Ubuntu One, Canonical's zombified cloud storage service, you are pretty much out of time.

The post Ubuntu Gone: Deadline Sees All Ubuntu One Data Deleted first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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