Re: Writing for the Open Source Community

Subject: Re: Writing for the Open Source Community
From: holmegm -at- attbi -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Feb 2003 11:05:06 +0000

eric -dot- dunn -at- ca -dot- transport -dot- bombardier -dot- com wrote:

> 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).


Also, everyone and their brother is selling Apache with some addons. I would
suppose having written some Apache docs would be good experience for a gig at one
of these, er, innovative places.

Greg Holmes


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