Feeds

Ubuntu documentation in shreds

No smart suit for you

Security for virtualized datacentres

An ambitious plan to smarten up the online documentation for Linux distro Ubuntu has ended in failure.

Dubbed the Summer of Documentation by the Ubuntu forums beginner team who devised the plan back in June, the goal was to clean up the Ubuntu Community Wiki.

The documentation wiki had "fallen into a huge state of disrepair and disorganization" according to team member Charles Davis.

The initial response to the clean-up exercise was encouraging, with several people pledging their support on the community forum in June. But come this Monday's Labor Day holiday - generally accepted to mark the end of summer in the US - the results were far from satisfactory.

Davis said in his blog that only 27 pages had been completed and many more remained to be cleaned up. He went on to acknowledge that the project should have been more widely publicised and planned better. He also pointed to the problem that seems to plague many open source development projects - volunteer burn-out.

Davis hopes to revive the plan by promoting it on the Ubuntu forums. But as one commenter on the blog noted, it could just be something to do with most programmers' reluctance to document code, a process seen as rather dull. ®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.