[FM Discuss] [IAEP] Book sprint aug 16-23

Anne Gentle annegentle at gmail.com
Wed Jul 9 06:33:26 PDT 2008

Hi all,
Exciting! And thanks for the vote of confidence. I'm sure you all surpass my
domain knowledge since I haven't installed any build past 653. Yet. :)

Couple of things - I'm on jury duty 8/18 to 8/22... but I'm actively
recruiting for you if you do end up having it outside of Austin. You could
celebrate a b-day very well here in Austin, though it'll be downright hot on
8/21. :) It's not that I wouldn't love to visit OLPC, but I am reluctant to
travel...it's just that I've traveled enough this year. I know it's crazy to
bypass such an opportunity! If you do have it at OLPC, I'll certainly
participate from Austin and take the time off of work, and be on IRC
whichever week you choose, as long as jury duty doesn't conflict. I can
scout out locations here, too, just in case.

Also, thinking about the Aug. 10th date as a potential deadline - my
thinking is that it'll be better to get an event going than try to hit a
date like August 10th. The only consideration is whether this version would
go ON an image, then we'll need something by 8/10, and I'd love to hear what
minimally could be sent on the 10th. Perhaps some additions to the current
doc would be useful for the "boot up" doc I've seen discussed.

I've got a few additional possible names to add to the list. I know each of
these folks personally and have emailed them to get a sense of whether they
could participate or not.

Oh! And no need to judge "better" writers - you're qualified by your
interest, I say! It won't be easy to get people's schedules to match up, no
matter how hard we try. :) But at least there's fewer plane tickets,
possibly, if we get a few Texans?
Emily Kaplan - Illinois (Chicago area), tech writer, worked on the manual
with me and is familiar with the current content
Robert Nagle - Houston tech writer, runs the Houston XO Users group
Janet Swisher - Austin area, works at Enthought, docs Python open source
David Cramer - Austin area technical writer, member of the Austin XO Users

As for talking to book publishers, hopefully I'm not speaking out of turn,
but Adam and I have been in contact with Andy Oram at O'Reilly, who serves
on FM's board, and I spoke to Catherine Nolan (another O'Reilly editor for
the Head First series) at SXSWi about publishing possibilities. If we get a
really good, solid, 250-page or so PDF out of this, I bet we have a book
proposal we can write after the fact and try to fast track. :) We've also
considered asking if LuLu.com would be interested in free print runs, which
is a great publishing possibility as well.

Greg, awesome that you can try to get tix funded by Red Hat. I'll work on a
couple of ideas for funding from the tech comm community also.

Um, hopefully I haven't left anything out. I am loving this idea and how
it's shaping up!


On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 10:44 PM, Greg Dekoenigsberg <gdk at redhat.com> wrote:

>  The Big question is would Adam and Anne feel comfortable running the
>> sprint on OLPC's turf.  Adam and Anne are the domain experts.  We need to
>> give them the room to leverage the OLPC effort and enthusiasm against FM's
>> experience.
>> Participantes -
>> Anne Gentle - Texas
>> Adam Hyde  - Netherlands
>> David Farning - Wisconsin
>> Walter Bender - East coast
> Greg DeKoenigsberg - Raleigh NC
>  I will gladly step aside to let a better writer take my spot;)
>> Funding - Between $500 - $1250 per person.
>> I'll do the leg work, but cold calls from dfarning won't be worth much;(
> Let me see if I can squeeze some cash out of Red Hat.  Adam will likely be
> the tough ticket.
>  Talking to book publishers-- Is FM interested in going that direction?
>> How about setting a tentative date for Aug 16-23?
> My birthday is August 21st.  I'd love to spend it in Boston.  ;)
> --g
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