[ardour-users] Libre Software along with Libre Documentation

derek holzer derek at x-i.net
Sat Dec 25 16:36:32 PST 2004

Hi Esben,

Esben Stien wrote:

 > The source manual should be available aswell as an online browsable
 > document.

maybe you missed Paul's announcement a little over a week ago...

Paul Davis wrote:

> Subject: [ardour-dev] manual plan change
> Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 09:17:47 -0500
> From: Paul Davis <paul at linuxaudiosystems.com>
> To: ardour-dev at lists.ardour.org
> Cc: 
> After much consideration, I have decided on a change of plan for the
> Ardour manual. As with many things in my life, I have to get
> realistic, and there are 2 aspects of reality that have to be
> acknowledged here:
>     1) with the current plan for manual (Paul writes it), there will
>         be no manual.
>     2) likely income from the manual is going to be pretty small,
>         insufficient to make ardour a viable income source to live
> 	on, or even be a significant part of it.
> I believe that a better strategy is to follow a wiki-based model,
> where ardour.org will host a wiki (probably MediaWiki, as used by
> Wikipedia), and anybody can contribute to the manual.
> There is a proviso: I will still reserve the right to later publish a
> manual (probably via CafePress), and collect any revenues that come
> from it. I feel OK about this, given my own investment in Ardour's
> development. If you don't feel OK this, then please just don't
> contribute to the Wiki. Feel free to write your own documentation
> elsewhere.
> So for the time being, there are a couple of immediate outstanding
> tasks:
>    a) install mediawiki on ardour.org. 
>         - taybin has sorta-kinda said he would do this, but he
> 	  may have a lot on his plate right now, and there may
> 	  be someone here with experience of mediawiki.
>    b) move the material from the existing (LaTeX) manual into 
>           the wiki.
> Longer term, we will need tools to extract the documentation from the
> manual and render it as HTML or LaTex. These might exist already. I
> would also like someone (or more than one person) to take on the role
> of day-to-day editor for the wiki, checking edits on a regular basis,
> etc. etc. I will remain "executive editor", shaping the manual as I
> see appropriate. 
> I hope that in making this decision, I am opening up possibilities,
> not closing them down. Let me know what you think.
> --p

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