Writing for the Open Source Community

Subject: Writing for the Open Source Community
From: eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003 14:02:15 -0500

Call me thick, but besides creating portfolio pieces, why bother looking into
open source as a writer? Sure there are hundreds of poorly documented
open-source projects out there, but I for one would like to get paid for my time
and energy. Good Karma is NOT going to pay the mortgage.

Is there a market of people willing to pay for good documentation for open
source software? Or, is it much like the open source movement as a whole? It's
great to have 'free' and 'open' software, but there has to be a pocket book
paying for it somewhere. Is there a living to be made at it or is it a domain
for those that love writing procedures so much that they'll do it after hours on
their own time (or heaven forbid steal the time from their real employer).

Eric L. Dunn


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