OPW GNOME 2012 – Spreading the news

Hi, I participated in the OPW GNOME 2011 and I think I can share some experiences if you want to participate in the OPW GNOME 2012 or if you want to be a new contributor in the GNOME documentation team.

[sources of the pictures]

Hmmm… First at all, I suggest READ… if you want to write, you have to read!… Take your time in reading the whole User Desktop Help, read all the topics the documentation team had reviewed and improved many times… you can see the style, the common terms, and the simplest way you can explain users how to use applications in GNOME 3.x.

After that, you can see what the documentation team wants from you at the moment to write, you can check also fixed writing and good writing did by Shaun McCance and his commits. By the way, Mr. McCance created Mallard, the tool that lets you write topics for GNOME help. Practice locally in your laptop, you can integrate topics, and practice, practice, practice. Also you must read and learn!: GIT.

The last thing I suggest, is to get familiar with the GNOME applications and their help (e.g. Empathy, Evolution… ). Most of the time, one GNOME application is related with other one, so get hands dirty and play with all the buttons, menus and options that GNOME 3.x offers you… you can not imagine what surprises you can get when you do that!

Enjoy this adventure! writing is so cool as my mentor Phil Bull says “it’s definitely worth trying – you have this pleasant mix of technical precision, literary creativity and psychology. And you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you see your work translated into 50 different languages and installed on millions of computers worldwide.”

About Julita Inca

Ingeniero de Sistemas UNAC, Magíster en Ciencias de la Computación PUCP, Magíster en Computación de Alto Rendimiento de la Universidad de Edimburgo, OPW GNOME 2011, Miembro de la GNOME Foundation desde el 2012, Embajadora Fedora Perú desde el 2012, ganadora del scholarship of the Linux Foundation 2012, experiencia como Admin Linux en GMD y Especialista IT en IBM, con certificaciones RHCE, RHCSA, AIX 6.1, AIX 7 Administrator e ITILv3. Experiencia académica en universidades como PUCP, USIL y UNI. Leader of LinuXatUNI Community, HPC Software Specialist at UKAEA, and reviewer of the Technological Magazine of ESPOL-RTE, and volunteering Linux training for MINSA Peru... a simple mortal, just like you!
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5 Responses to OPW GNOME 2012 – Spreading the news

  1. Mattias Bengtsson says:

    Love that meme. 🙂

  2. Little detail because I’m feeling obstreperous: the actual source for the Linux “If it’s not fun” picture is http://lwn.net/Articles/144276/; I took that picture at the 2005 Kernel Summit. I realize there’s no way for you to have known that given where you found the picture.

    • Julita Inca says:

      Hi Jonathan, I found the photo when I was looking for Linus Torvalds pictures… I will change the source since you originally took the pic.. yay! Hand-shaking with Linus Torvalds!

  3. Aruna says:

    Hey, I am interested in the Global Outreach Program for Women, GNOME. 🙂 particularly in Documentation. I am having some trouble understanding where to start. Can you send me a mail, here : safincrazy@gmail.com? I’d be really grateful. 🙂 Thanks. 🙂

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