RE: Bad Documentation and Linux

Subject: RE: Bad Documentation and Linux
From: "Richard L Hamilton" <dick -at- rlhamilton -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 15:34:32 -0700

Sourceforge is a great starting place. You can also go to the web site
for any of your favorite open source applications, and you will nearly
always find a call for help from writers.

That said, I'd suggest you start by checking out It's a great project that documents a wide
range of open source projects, with the resulting documents being
open-sourced, too.

The project is worth checking out even if you're not interested in
writing for them now. They have a lot of existing books covering
software you may be using. It's also worth checking out the interface
they use for contributors. It's a wiki-based platform that is easy to

They are always looking for contributors and give full attribution. They
also periodically host book sprints, which sound like a blast.

Richard Hamilton
XML Press
XML for Technical Communicators
(970) 231-3624

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> New tech writers often ask TECHWR-L how they can break into the
> business. I always point them to SourceForge, where they can work for
> free, build up a portfolio, and then bring that portfolio to
> interviews
> for paying jobs.
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > ... It does point out there is a need in the open source
> > community for technical writers. Not that it will pay the
> > mortgage, but think of the glory ;)
> >
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