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Re: [Ubuntu Manual] Ubuntu Desktop chapter needs you !


Hello everyone, I'm Jim Connett, and I'm very interested in helping to edit
this section.

I'm new to this documentation effort, but I've finally taken the plunge and
installed everything needed to be an author and/or editor.  Because of my
education and background, I prefer to be an editor rather than an author,
but will eventually want to do both as time allows.

I'm up-to-speed on the LaTeX formatting from the well-written guide and
have even started perusing Chapter 2 since it looks like this is where our
focus resides.  I have two questions.

1)  It looks like edits made should be "justified" in comment
tags...meaning, who did it, what was changed, and why.  Is this required,
optional, or just a professional courtesy?

2)  In reading the email threads over the last few days, it looks like
editors are assigned to parts of the document.  Should someone be assigning
me my first editing duties, or shall I just grab a section and go for it
and let everyone know where I'm at?  I know this is a community effort, but
I also don't want to step on anyone's efforts.

I've read through the current manual already...well-written, definitely a
good resource for those who are new to Ubuntu.  I also see areas for
improvement linguistically, and I look forward to contributing to this

So...any last words-of-wisdom before I jump in with both feet?

Thanks!  Look forward to working with all of you in this effort.


On Mon, May 21, 2012 at 1:21 AM, Hannie Dumoleyn <
lafeber-dumoleyn2@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  Op 21-05-12 00:20, John Cave schreef:
>  I thought that I was doing this section. The new ubuntu has not changed
> that much from the last, I observe, so mostly what will be needed is new
> screenshots and maybe expanding the chapter. I can do the job of scanning
> the chapter for changes, but expansions may need to be done by someone else.
>  John C
>  I do not agree that the new Ubuntu has not changed that much. When I
> read the current chapter "The Ubuntu Desktop" (based on the Oneiric
> version) I see many things that need to be changed, too much to mention
> here. In fact, I think the chapter needs a complete overhaul. The order of
> subsections needs reshuffling. Examples: I see a description of the
> Launcher on page 25, and the section Using Launcher on page 27. I see Top
> Bar on page 24 and a screenshot of the Top Bar(?) of a window on page 28.
> In Unity the Top Bar has replaced the individual title bars in the
> applications themselves, although some older applications still have there
> own title bar.
> So, I agree with c7p, who wrote:
> quote
> The Ubuntu Desktop section needs your help ! This part of the chapter
> covers the basics of the Ubuntu Desktop environment (Login screen, Unity,
> Launcher, Dash, windows, workspaces, HUD).
> We need an author for this section cause it's one of the most critical
> sections of the manual, maybe the most important. Are you interested ?
> unquote
> One option would be to have more authors and editors assigned to this
> chapter (Tony, Vibhant, John, Hannie) where each has his/her own specialty
> like Dash, Unity, Launcher, Nautilus etc.
> Let me know what you think.
> Hannie
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