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Richard Stallman has posted an updated list of suggested documentation projects in the GNU task list to the info-gnu list.

Stallman writes:

"Please see for an explanation of why free software needs free documentation."

Below is Stallman's complete post.

From Wed Nov  4 01:34:13 1998
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 1998 12:50:07 -0500
From: Richard Stallman 
Subject: Which are the missing manuals?
Resent-Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 17:31:27 -0500

I would like to update the list of suggested documentation projects
in the GNU task list.  I've included the current list below; if you
see anything that ought to be added, please email me the suggestions.

The ultimate goal is to have free manuals for every aspect of the
system; therefore, this list is not confined to software packages that
are GNU software.  If a free program is used in the GNU system or in
GNU/Linux systems, and it does not now come with all the free manuals
a user would wish for, then we want to include those missing manuals
in this list.

Please see for an
explanation of why free software needs free documentation.

Here is the existing list; the items are in no particular order.

A unified manual for LateX.

A tutorial introduction to Midnight Commander.

A manual for GNU SQL.

A thorough manual for RCS.

A reference manual for Mach.

A reference manual for the GNU Hurd features in GNU libc.

A manual for writing Hurd servers.

A C reference manual.  (RMS made a try at one, which you could start

Reference manuals for C++, Objective C, Pascal, Fortran 77, and Java.

A tutorial manual for the C++ STL (standard template library).

GNU Objective-C Runtime Library Manual; this would be a reference manual
for the runtime library functions, structures, and classes.  Some work
has been done on this job.

Manuals for GNUstep: developer tutorial, developer programming manual,
developer reference manual, and user manual.

A manual for Ghostscript.

A manual for TCSH.

A good free reference manual for Perl.  The free Perl on-line reference
documentation is good, for what it is--a list of functions and a
description of each--but that is not the same as a reference manual.
(Compare, for example, the Emacs Lisp Reference Manual with the
collection of documentation strings of Emacs Lisp functions.)

A good free Perl language tutorial introduction.  The existing Perl
introductions are published with restrictions on copying and
modification, so that they cannot be part of a GNU system.

A manual for PIC (the graphics formatting language).

A book on how GCC works and why various machine descriptions
are written as they are.

A manual for programming applications for X11.

Manuals for various X window managers.

Reference cards for those manuals that don't have them: C
Compiler, Make, Texinfo, Termcap, and maybe the C Library.

Many utilities need documentation, including grep and others.