[kde-linux] Users guide to KDE?

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Fri Jul 4 10:55:18 UTC 2008

On Friday 04 July 2008, david wrote:
> Kevin Krammer wrote:
> > Would be interesting to know what keeps people with writing skills from
> > becoming interested in contributing, for example if there is anything the
> > project could do to be more attractive.
> I spent 15 years as a technical writer, writing end user documentation,
> developing training classes and training materials. Like everyone else,
> I have bills to pay. Writing good end user documentation in any form
> takes a lot of time, and nobody seems to be paying writers for any
> contributions.

I know for a fact (*) that a German publisher is looking for writers on 
Free/Open Source topics like a needle in the haystack.

One of the journalists at last years Akademy also told his audience that Linux 
magazines are not getting enough articles either, despite obviously 
compensating authors.

So it seems that there are neither enough people interested in working on the 
free (as in both meanings) documentation nor enough professional writers to 
fill the needs of various publishers.


(*) German publisher opensourcepress.de was a sponsor of our local Linux event 
and they said they have a really hard time finding authors for any kind of 
topic. Their current portfolio is mainly technical orientied for the sole 
reason that these people are easier to get hold of since they show up on 
conferences, etc.

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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