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Re: [opensuse-doc] Thread summary and announcement [was:The openSUSE distribution chages are way ahead of documentation?]
  • From: Christian Boltz <opensuse@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 01:32:40 +0200
  • Message-id: <200610100132.42272@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

(extremely shortening the quote to the IMHO most important part,
intentionally skipping lots of discussion about openness etc.)

Am Montag, 9. Oktober 2006 21:25 schrieb Frank Sundermeyer:
> Because of these reasons, it is not possible to create an open svn
> and accept contributions from outside. It is also not possible to
> completely separate the openSUSE documentation from all other Novell
> Linux documentation, because this would create a workload we will not
> be able to handle (it would be a merging nightmare).

May I propose a better solution than "wontfix"?

Call it "DocuWichtl-Factory" ;-) or use any other name you like, but
please honor the following proposals:
- generate XML with the openSUSE part of the Novell Linux documentation
daily (or even hourly - depending on how often you change something)
- create a public SVN containing these daily/hourly snapshots
- offer _read-only_ SVN access only to avoid the merging nightmare
(read-only is not very nice, but it's the best we can have under the
given conditions)
- patches can be sent by mail, bugzilla, whatever instead. Maybe even a
small tool for sending contributions ("svn diff | mail ...") can be

- ways more up to date than a monthly (?) rpm package
- external contributors can work on an up-to-date version instead of
fixing a already fixed text
- patches against the current version do more likely match against the
Novell-internal XML files than patches against outdated versions
- avoids the merging nightmare
- changes are easy to identify ("svn diff" and/or a opensuse-doc-commit
- avoids "forking" the documentation [1]
- "the best we can (currently) have"

What do you think about my proposal?


Christian Boltz

[1] although I don't think this will ever happen - even with "closed"
documentation development
Tut mir leid. Tu hast dich dafür entschieden, Computer zu benutzen. Aus
irgendeinem Grunde glaubst du, das sei risikofrei. Ich versichere dir,
daß es das nicht ist. Computer sind böse, rostige, alte Kettensägen, die
grundlos anspringen. [Ratti in suse-linux]
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