[OT] OpenSource Documentation Fund

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Fri May 26 11:22:29 EDT 2000

For Immediate Release:

OpenDocs Publishing announces: The Open Source Documentation Fund.

The Fund, which will be driven by sales from OpenDocs Books is being 
implemented to help invigorate the Open Source Documentation Community. 
Traditionally documentation has been the lame duck of the Open Source 
community. Although the documentation is usually technically accurate 
it is difficult for new users to understand or written in what we like 
to call "Geek Grammar".

Geek Grammar isa mix between leaving out punctuation and having 
65 word sentences. Although Geeks usually can read this without 
blinking an eye, novices geeks sometimes have a problem interpreting 
the point an author is trying to make.

The Fund will have an selective bid process that allows people and 
businesses to submit a request for funds for documentation. Although 
the final implementation details have yet to be solidified this is 
what we do know:

1. Authors will be able to request funds for work on existing projects

2. Authors will be able to request funds for new (yet to be written) projects

3. People and Companies will be able to request that a project be started

4. People and Companies will be able to request that a document or project 
   be updated or edited.

4. Editors will be hired to help authors keep their writings readable

5. There will be a set amount per book sold that is set aside for the fund

The second book OpenDocs published; Administrating Linux: The Basics is 
the first that will be part of this fund. The book is available now from
leading Linux sites such as:


Every time somebody purchases the book
Administrating Linux: The Basics OpenDocs will place 3.00-5.00 USD 
into the fund. If we sell 1000 books we will disperse anywhere from 
3000.00-5000.00 in to the fund. If we sell 5000 books we will disperse
anywhere from 15,000-25,000 into the fund, etc...

More information about OpenDocs Publishing can be found at

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