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Penguinista.org: Alternative Software Documentation: Professionalizing the Penguin

Jul 27, 2000, 19:18 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Xavier Basora)

[ Thanks to Brent Toderash for this link. ]

"The need to pay technical writers as an incentive to keep the Alternative software documentation up to date."

"One of the biggest complaints I have as a newbie Penguinista is that the resources are scattered all over the Internet, books, CDs and so on; worse a lot of the information is outdated, obsolete or unclear. The state of the Alternative Software's documentation is an Achilles' heel that constitutes an obstacle to the diffusion of free/open source software."

"This state has its explanation if one looks to the past, as Drummond's article explains. Those programs came about because programmers needed them to resolve a problem at hand. The documentation was secondary as another programmer simply had to look at the source code and would understand how the program works and make the necessary changes to fulfil his needs. Ordinary users really don't care about having the source code, they just want a program that does what's designed to do with the least amount of a learning curve."

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