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FLOSS Manuals

  1. 1. The FLOSS Manuals Story ...its just beginning! Adam Hyde Founder FM You might know me from...
  2. 2. Polar Radio – Antarctica 2007 http://www.interpolar.org
  3. 3. Radio Astronomy Online Radio Station Broadcasting Sounds of Space http://www.radio-astronomy.net
  4. 4. Paper Cup Telephone Network Global Network of Papercup Telephones http://www.papercuptelephone.org
  5. 5. WHO WE ARE 1. Not-for-profit foundation (based in Amsterdam) 2. All volunteers 3. 3 'core' volunteers – co-ordinator, designer, programmer 4. Additional champions – Book Sprints / PR 5. 350 subscribed contributors 6. 100% open source http://www.flossmanuals.net
  6. 6. HOW WE STARTED 1. TWiki 2. Most material written by me 3. Twisted TWiki to not think like a wiki 4. Custom plugins 5. Added beautiful design 6. Commissioned small number of artists to write some docs 7. Oct 2007 Launched
  7. 7. THE STATE OF FREE DOCUMENTATION Its bad...often... 1. closed – platform (eg. CVS) 2. closed – format (eg. docbook) 3. closed – license (eg. standard copyright or FDL) 4. closed – org (publishers using open license / developers) 5. written by developers from memory 6. not maintained (out of date) 7. limited audience (eg. technical threshold of writing high) 8. hard to find 9. $ cost (pay to learn free software)
  8. 8. THE FUTURE OF FREE DOCUMENTATION Its good! 1. open – platform (wiki) 2. open – format (xhtml) 3. open – license (GPL) 4. open – org (FLOSS MANUALS!!!) 5. written while using the software 6. maintained by community 7. wider audience 8. easy to find 9. free! (libre and gratis)
  9. 9. OUR AIM “BE THE BEST SOURCE FOR QUALITY INFORMATION ABOUT FREE SOFTWARE”
  10. 10. WE NEED TO CREATE... 1. Platform 2. Community 3. Content 4. Free Documentation Sector
  11. 11. FREE DOCUMENTATION SECTOR 1. Needs internal recognition 2. Needs external recognition 3. Needs income models 4. Needs successful examples 5. Needs an ecology of skill sets 6. Needs to be fun, social, and have an impact
  12. 12. FLOSS MANUALS FEATURES 1. Easy to write (WYSIWYG) 2. Drag and drop index generation 3. One step publishing 4. CSS controlled book formatting 5. Remixing manuals 6. Copyright attribution 7. Translation tools 8. Localisation tools 9. Embeddable book store 10. Live manuals 11. Book sprint social models
  13. 13. 3 KEY FEATURES 1. Remix & Live Manuals 2. Embeddable Book Store 3. Book Sprints
  14. 14. THE FLOW – READ, WRITE, REMIX
  15. 15. LIVE MANUALS 1. Write manuals in FLOSS Manuals 2. Remix 3. Cut and paste few lines of HTML 4. Host the manual under your own domain 5. Community maintains material
  16. 16. EMBEDDED BOOK STORE 1. Host a book store 2. Supports & promotes the software 3. Income goes to development of documentation 4. Cut and paste a few lines into your site 5. User configurable : 1. Slide show 2. Random order 3. Paging 4. Number of displayed books 5. Which books to be displayed
  17. 17. BOOK SPRINTS 1. Develop communities around books 2. 5-6 writers onsite 3. Take care of food, accommodation, travel 4. Pre-production scoping of manuals 5. Build Index on first day 6. 4 days writing 7. 1 day editing / clean up
  18. 18. LINKS 1. FLOSS Manuals : http://www.flossmanuals.net 2. FLOSS Manuals Farsi : http://fa.flossmanuals.net 3. Remix : http://www.flossmanuals.net/remix 4. Book Store : http://www.flossmanuals.net/bookstore 5. Blog : http://www.flossmanuals.net/about
  19. 19. REGISTER NOW! http://en.flossmanuals.net/register

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