dc7 - 1.0


Javier Fernandez-Sanguino
Day 14
Room Lower BoF Room
Start time 09:45
Duration 01:00
ID 82
Event type Open discussion (BoF)
Track DebConf
Language English

Debian Documentation Project: current status and future

The Debian Documentation Project (DDP) has been losing manpower for the past years with little of no "new blood" incoming. Consequently, only a few documents are properly maintained and there's a perceived need to improve this.

The Debian Documentation Project currently has been losing manpower and direction for the past years and only a few documentation maintainers remain which mostly work keeping their own documents up-to-date. No new documents have been drafted or written for quite a long time and the power of the translation teams remains untapped save for some core documents (the Debian Installer Manual and the Release Notes)

However, at the same time, informal documentation is constantly being written and published through unofficial means, including articles at web sites, blog posts, and wiki pages. But even though our users can easily google for information related to the system we lack some of the most basic technical documents (System Administration, User manual, etc.)

How can the project tap into its volunteer base to get in depth and detailed documents written? What is wrong with the current documentation process and how it should be improved?

The BOF will start with a quick talk describing the status of the project, how it is managed currently, the documentation currently available, the documentation that Debian is lacking (as compared to other distributions).

The talk should be followed by a brainstorming session on how can the project evolve, adapt and improve.