The Linux Documentation Project: History linux documentation project: | howtos guides faqs pages gazette linuxfocus project inside tldp machtelt garrels created 2004-03-04 originally journal : /article/7433 behind-the-scenes evolution project.tldp project, organization volunteers authoring, reviewing managing documents operating system. basically formats based upon length. shorter ones generally called (or mini-howtos, really short), longer documents, guides, in-depth feature. topics discussed practically unlimited, ranging installing kinds devices, services environments, creating scratch: there's something tldp, mainly thanks experiences. nevertheless, admitted important missing collection. freely available suitable printing on-line browsing. submission english, translation efforts, including french, german, italian, korean chinese, immense amount information wider public. article, not book. fantastic mentioned here. understand context article thinking them, eventhough listed name. environments tend speed, docs. sooner later, submissions protocols applications outdating older documents. maintainers usually soft-hearted, partly melancholy, respect sometimes because lack upgrading document, archive everything. argue outdated document none all. given information, following golden rules searching ldp collection: 1. revision date document. it's year, (unless, course, discussing proven technology around years decades). 2. being updated regularly; extra maintained seriously. preface appendix. started? 1992 - 1996 matt welsh, co-founders, puts it: "the murky memory days." started 1992, web existed. without html, days almost everything ftp usenet dial-in bbs likely. beginning, file, split into sections, faq . lars wirzenius michael k. johnson, producing printed documentation. initially kernel hackers guide, administrator installation guide. latex, docs reasonably comfortable using postscript viewer. capabilities grew, maintain soon, manage job. thus, born, describing chunk information. easily extendible allows authors contribute areas specialization. effort (linuxdoc) sgml, enabled generation sorts output formats, source file files. tests conducted sunsite (a server university carolina), site offering linux. also, wanted download software, sunsite.unc.edu go. contains archives--probably accident, empty directories days. crash (may 2003) find, via ftp, referring 1994 unc. pointed jon magid mysterious erik name, extended research dungeon rooms google, certainty likely, dealing troan, supported possibly users 1993-1996 later became senior director engineering hat. further revealed sometime 1996, greg hankins howto coordinator project. author serial , maintaining 1993; contributors sgml-tools development growing 1999 becoming popular day, collection published times, entirely. lsl (now cheapbytes) publisher multiple editions. bible", "dr. linux", "linux getting started", reference" encyclopedia". 1998 publication undercover", subtitled secrets project". just-in-time production method. previous versions contained stale howtos, essentially linuxdoc.org domain registered entire moved promptly mirrored. relationship ibiblio (formerly sunsite.unc.edu) romance sgi, mirror site. didn't last, however, sgi intermezzo. paul jones colleagues, responsible ibilbio, understanding provided support, centralization resources carolina. prior mailinglists, discussion primarily happened newsgroups. ldp-l@cornell.edu mailinglist created. ldp-l@linux.org.au mailing lists thing; newsfeed generating enormous amounts traffic consumed--for time--unreasonable bandwidth. isps decided partial ldp-l stopped replaced (discuss, feedback, announce, submit etc.) crew working automated updates growth, finished. serious organizing 2001 1999, guylhem aznar elected ldp. unify ldp: servers operation world, backup mechanisms ill unavailable. putting staff, structure tldp. configuration core preserved. composed hub, consisting coordinator, plus individual faq, coordinators, ferguson, joshua drake tim bynum, respectively. furthermore, efforts running appointed translation. here, although first, german effort. recent joining italian translators, takes another. hosted version network administrator's beta-1 user's mostly sgml latex. occurrences docbook seen 2000; preferred format enables easy ps, pdf another novelty 21st creation versioning serge victor gregory leblanc setup; manages github repository. listmaster 2000. then, debian lists. maturing way. end, david s. lawyer finalized manifesto contact license issues. layout probably visible improvement. millennium precursor today. tldp.org 2003 references domain. switch pretty, unfortunately, story, told. case, goodwill kindness selfishness occasion. interested president, candidate. out, trusted webmaster. webmaster managed ownership it. purchased .com commercial needless say, caused friction. saying (inadvertently not?) failed renewal fee anyway, found, free. responsibilities seriously, 2002 opportunity broaden scope combined restructuring efficient. procedures 2005 enough. needed guidance, organized. now, shameful. random it, anybody publish anything. scandal loose couple opinionated containing tainted plainly harmful readers. revamping. thorough doubtful taken off-line revision. useful attic. tabatha marshall review reviewers. together, edit submissions: technical correctness, readability grammar spelling errors. apply style consistency. weekly news revived offered rss feed. input feedback followed more. revised publishing accordance quality guidelines. generator facilitate authors. beyond accomplishments, hundreds everyone contributing projects how. tells bumps ups downs, seemingly hangs hooks eyes--but doesn't away. its downs currently down, link issues modified: 2012-07-07 feedback@en.tldp.org