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Re: Re-igniting the project


Hey Josh,

For one thing you are very right, we DO need to get into it again, there has
been alot of confusion about translations lately (wich edition people should
be translating). One thing i do know is that alot of the original
contributors have been very busy with other projects and/or life (i know i

Iv been working on my own project and also have taken over the Developers
Manual started by Rick Spencer, although im still planning on maintaining
the glossary and index in the manual.

I agree we definitely need another meeting and VERY soon, i can do Monday at
the time you said, but that may be too soon for some others who have much
busier schedules than me.

Ryan Macnish

On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 3:27 AM, Josh Holland <jrh@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> [CCing BH directly to make sure it's nice and prominent in his inbox]
> Hi Manual-ers,
> I'm writing this email with not a little bit of concern. It's now the
> 7th of August, barely more than 2 months to the release of Ubuntu 10.10
> "Maverick Meerkat", and the project feels a bit dead.
> I'm not trying to pin the blame on anyone in particular, but I think the
> reasons for this are that certain people whose enthusiasm was the
> driving force behind the success of the Lucid edition seem to be
> spending more time writing controversial blog posts, and also the fact
> that we have not had a meeting in quite some time.
> Personally, I understand that I am poor at motivating myself to do
> stuff. What I think we need is a meeting ASAP to get things moving
> along. Unfortunately, I'm starting to come up to a pretty busy set of
> holidays with dubious internet access, so it is going to have to be
> *really* soon. I'm going away Monday evening, and will not be back until
> the weekend. It's then a pretty busy week including A level results (and
> associated celebrations/commiserations) on Thursday and a trip out with
> the Ubuntu UK folks on Saturday. Ideally, then, we could have the
> meeting at some point this Monday (the 9th). I'm free all day up to
> around 5.30 pm BST, so for now, I'm going to tentatively schedule the
> meeting for 1500 UTC in #ubuntu-manual. Please reply to this thread if
> that's unacceptable, but the important thing is to get the core team
> members there.
> The agenda will include:
>  * Whether to continue with Lucid edition 2 or move straight on to
>   Maverick
>  * Whether it is practical to continue to wait for the collaboration
>   meeting with the Docs/Learning team before writing more content
>  * Documenting the release process more publicly and in more depth
>  * Detailing the process for translations
> When the project was initially formed, a lot of the controversy was not
> only over whether we were filling a space that was already full, but
> whether we could keep our momentum up for future releases. It's a shame,
> but a lot of the prophecies are coming true. We need to get working hard
> now, or it could reflect badly on the whole team.
> --
> Josh Holland <jrh@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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