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GDP Status Report


1.  Status Reports


This is the status of the Gentoo Documentation Project. It will be posted regularly, but not with a static frequency. All questions can be posted to or to me personally.

The Gentoo Documentation Project, from now on abbreviated to GDP, has its own project page (just like almost all other Gentoo projects). You can find it at


This status mail will briefly discuss the following tasks, objectives and/or projects related to the GDP:

2.  Gentoo Handbook Development

The second part of the Gentoo Handbook is now online and production-ready. This part is currently available side-by-side with the guides it replaces. This situation will continue until the first bugs of the second part are removed.

3.  New Gentoo Release

With the upcoming new Gentoo release, most efforts in the documentation team are brought to the auditing of the current documentation and getting all bugreports on the installation instructions fixed. We are working closely with the release engineering team to have the instructions in tip-top shape for inclusion on the upcoming LiveCDs.

4.  New Developers

Although not that new to the Gentoo Documentation Project, the following developers have been introduced since the last status update:

5.  New Documentation

Two new documents have emerged from the older OpenMOSIX howto:

6.  Upcoming Updates

Also known as TODO :) There is a small TODO section on our website. I will improve that part so it contains more information and try sum up what actions need to be done.

In short, these are the upcoming changes:

  • The Desktop Configuration Guide will be rewritten and possibly integrated in the Handbook
  • Development-related documentation will be rewritten and integrated in the Handbook
  • Off-project documentation (documentation that is available through but not linked on our documentation resource page) that is of interest for users will be integrated in the current documentation resource page after carefull reviewing
  • We are still hoping to get PDF versions online for the documentation. If it plays out to be very difficult, we will improve the "printable" documentation (for instance a one-page, fits-all for the handbook) and/or include information on how to generate PDFs from XSL-FO (after providing such formatted documents of course).
  • More supported languages :)
  • A uDev guide and, if udev is flexible enough, change the installation instructions (after carefull consideration with releng and the architecture developers of course) to provide the user with the choice of devfs vs udev.


Page updated January 2, 2003

Summary: Status report of the GDP project

Sven Vermeulen

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