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Where's the Summer of Documentation?

Apr 19, 2010, 19:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"If you ask what's missing from open source software, one of the top responses is often "documentation." While there's piles and piles of great code stuffed up on Google Code, SourceForge.net, and others, the actual documentation to accompany it is often lacking. This is why it's doubly sad to keep seeing bounty programs aimed at generating more and more code, and more and more coders, but very little being done to address documentation.

"Google has been running its Summer of Code program since 2005. It has reached out to hundreds of open source programs and distributed millions of dollars to try to encourage more people to get involved with open source. That's great, but it doesn't address the pressing need that many projects have to develop more docs to go with the software they already have. Now Fedora is ramping up a "Summer of Coding for 2010, and yet again — it's all about code doesn't address any other forms of contribution."

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