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Durant Haire
Hi

My name is Durant Haire and I am interested in writing/editing for the
project. I'm new to Linux, but not to writing. I have a B.A. degree in
English, journalism experience (both writing and copy editing), and I'm
currently employed as a technical writer for one of the world's largest
"big box" retailers. I edit and rewrite instruction manuals for product
that is sold under our proprietary brands. I'm located in North
Carolina, USA.

Thanks

Durant
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Re: Looking to help

Thomas Schraitle-2
Hi Durant,

thank you for your offer and welcome! :-)

On Tuesday 05 December 2006 06:44, Durant Haire wrote:
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> My name is Durant Haire and I am interested in writing/editing for
> the project. I'm new to Linux, but not to writing. I have a B.A.
> degree in English, journalism experience (both writing and copy
> editing), and I'm currently employed as a technical writer for one
> of the world's largest "big box" retailers. I edit and rewrite
> instruction manuals for product that is sold under our proprietary
> brands. I'm located in North Carolina, USA.

We will soon (before the end of the year) announce the "Lessons for
Lizard" (LfL) project. It is a community cookbook-style book project
for the openSUSE distribution. The texts are written in DocBook XML
but for people with less experience in XML you can also write in pure
ASCII. Someone (the community or the documentation department) have
to transcript it into XML so we can create HTML and PDF of it.

If you want to contribute to LfL you can write new texts, improve
existing documents, ...

Hope this helps. If you have any further questions feel free to
ask. :-)


Bye,
Tom

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Re: Looking to help

Alexey Eromenko
Since you have no knowledge of Linux, then you can write in other
format's too (like MS Word Document, OpenDocument, HTML or Plain Text
- like in Notepad)
We, the community, will translate it.

Anyways I recommend you to start learning Linux (if you want) from
reading some tutorials/intro books.

Some good ones are from: SUSE Official Documentation, Mandriva Books
(Quickstart + Command-Line guide), Slackware, or Rute  and The Linux
Documentation Project. NOTE: TLDP and Rute are for advanced Linuxoids.

Google for those.

SUSE docs:
http://en.opensuse.org/Documentation

Rute:
http://rute.2038bug.com/index.html.gz

Some of those docs are old but still relevant to SUSE Linux.

LfL is really going to be something grand.

SUSErs: I hope you won't hate me because I redirect people at
different documentation - I really think we need to collect, or
perhaps, rewrite those pieces of documentation to make our LfL project
a real success (because, unfortunately SUSE docs doesn't cover all
topics).
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Re: Looking to help

Alexey Eromenko
... and most importantly

Thank you for joining our team, have fun and Good Luck !

-Alexey Eremenko. (Technologov). 5.12.2006.
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Re: Looking to help

Thomas Schraitle-2
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Hi,

On Tuesday 05 December 2006 21:36, Alexey Eremenko wrote:
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> SUSErs: I hope you won't hate me because I redirect people at
> different documentation

No, don't worry. :-) It's always good to know how others do their job.
And by the way: That's the nature of writing. Collecting, looking
into existing texts, improving, ... our daily work. :)


> - I really think we need to collect, or
> perhaps, rewrite those pieces of documentation to make our LfL
> project a real success

I agree. We will suggest a simple structure that is easy to read, easy
to write and (hopefully) easy to understand. To make it really useful
we have to rewrite texts anyway.


> (because, unfortunately SUSE docs doesn't cover all topics).

Yes, that's true. Our documentation can not cover all topics -- but
that's specific to every piece of text. :)


Bye,
Tom

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