Self-Introduction: Malcolm Jacobson

Malcolm Jacobson techwriter at
Sat Nov 24 23:44:36 UTC 2007

Hi all,

My name is Malcolm Jacobson and I work as a Technical Writer in 
Brisbane, Australia. I have come to this list because I am trying to 
find out if it is possible to contribute to Fedora documentation on an 
ad-hoc basis. If I'm not in the right place I'm hoping you can point me 
in the right direction.

My first exposure to Linux was around 2001 (Red Hat Linux 7, I think) 
when the boss of the company I was working for retrenched all of our 
programmers and IT staff, then told me that "administering the Sendmail 
server is now part of your job". Imagine my joy. Since then I've 
experimented with various flavours of Linux, with the most recent being 
Ubuntu and Fedora, which brought me here.

During the installation of Fedora 8 I encountered a problem with the DNS 
settings I wanted to use. I read through all of the "Network 
Administration Tool" Help and asked a few questions on forums but 
couldn't resolve the issue, so I ended up posting a BugZilla report. 
Thanks to the incredibly helpful Harald Hoyer I found out that the fix 
was a simple matter of clearing a particular check box that is enabled 
by default. This check box isn't covered in the Network Administration 
Tool Help, so I thought I'd quickly update it so the next person who 
encountered the same problem didn't clog up BugZilla with another 
"notabug" report. Unfortunately, after several days searching, I can't 
locate the repository for this Help and I can't work out how to 
contribute updates to a single topic.

Is there some sort of Wiki available where people can upload/update 
documentation that will be included in the next release of Fedora?

Is it possible to contribute on an ad-hoc basis (e.g. a single topic), 
or are you only allowed to contribute if you become part of a larger 

Unfortunately I don't have the spare time to become involved in any 
projects, but I would like to contribute what I can, when I can, if 
there is mechanism to do this.



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