Dug contents

Paul W. Frields stickster at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 00:24:02 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-12-12 at 07:44 -0800, Karsten Wade wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-12-12 at 19:17 +0900, Marc Wiriadisastra wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-12-11 at 19:03 -0500, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > > equivalent KDE doc).  The GNOME DUG is exceptional and rewriting it
> > > seems redundant.
> > 
> > Maybe in the KDE, XFCE and Gnome section the basic settings such as
> > keyboard, screen resolution, mouse, sound  and keyboard shortcuts should
> > be added to each to show users where to go?  
> Once upon a time we decided that was too low level for Fedora, that we
> had to presume our users had *some* computer experience and that Fedora
> wasn't the first time they had booted an OS.
> Myself, I'd steer clear from working at that level of content.  But
> maybe the time has come for it?  Let's discuss.
> As for the existing GNOME and KDE DUGs, that is a good point Paul makes.
> I don't think we ever intended to duplicate that guide.  Obviously,
> there is much more to a Fedora desktop user experience than the
> GNOME/KDE DUG can cover.  Maybe we should focus on what the GNOME/KDE
> DUG does not provide, and use them together, with our DUG referring
> liberally to the GNOME and KDE DUGs.

Absolutely, Fedora is more than just GNOME/KDE/XFCE/et al.!  I think
this strategy is the best one -- to build on what already exists -- the
FOSS way, eh?  Then the DUG can concentrate on getting the user familiar
with the default environment.

> Unfortunately, these GNOME and KDE docs are under the current GNU Free
> Documentation License (GFDL) and cannot be modified by Fedora.  This is
> because we cannot use the GFDL, so would not be able to adhere to the
> terms of the license.

Yes, it's too bad about this, really.  But we can look on the bright
side, which is that if we run into a situation where the GNOME/KDE/etc.
DUG doesn't suffice as a reference, we can always submit patches
upstream, much as Fedora does for code, thus improving the docs
ecosphere for everyone.  (Why yes, the world *does* look rosy today!)

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