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|Type||NGO and Non-profit Foundation|
The FLOSS Manuals (FM) is a non-profit foundation founded in 2006 by Adam Hyde and based in the Netherlands. The foundation is focused on the creation of quality documentation about how to use free software.
Its web site is a wiki (previously using the TWiki software, now developed as an autonomous platform with Booki) focused on the collaborative authoring of manuals. The documentation is licensed under the GPL. Although initially the manuals were covered by the GFDL, the license was changed due to concerns about the limited and non-free nature of the GFDL.
Anyone can contribute to the material at FLOSS Manuals. Each manual has a maintainer – very much like the Debian maintainer system. The maintainer keeps an overview of the manual and discuss with those interested the structure etc. The maintainer is also responsible for gathering new contributors together. All edits are not 'live' – the edits are published to the manual when ready. This is to ensure the quality of the manuals is as high and as reliable as possible and that no new user encounters 'half finished' content.
In fall 2007, Floss manuals was awarded a 15,000 Euro prize by the Dutch Digital Pioneer fund. It has also been financially supported by Google and NLnet. FLOSS Manuals also received a Transmediale Award for its work on Booki and has also been featured in the Texas Linux Fest 2010.
List of manuals
FLOSS Manuals has manuals for all of the following.
|CRM||CiviCRM • CiviCRM Developer Guide|
|Office||Firefox • OpenOffice • Thunderbird|
|Digital signal processing||PureData|
|One laptop per child||Reading And Leading With One Laptop Per Child; Make Sugar Activities • XO • Write • Terminal • Chat Activity • Browse Activity • Record Activity • Turtle Art Activity|
|Free culture||Collaborative Futures|
|CMS||Newscoop • Plumi|
|Internet freedom||How to Bypass Internet Censorship • An Open Web • Basic Internet Security|
|Translation||Open Translation Tools • Video Subtitling|
|Video||Theora Cookbook • Kino • AvideMux • GTranscode • ffmpeg2theora • HandBrake|
|Free network services||FLOSS Manuals • Book Sprints • Wikimedia Commons • Archive.org • Freedom Fone|
|Free software/open source||GSoC Mentoring|
|Graphic design||Digital Foundations • Alchemy • Inkscape • Scribus|
|3D • Blender|
|HTML editing • NvU|
|Media players||MPlayer • VLC • Miro|
|Streaming||MuSE • M3W • Icecast|
|Video subtitling||Video Subtitling • Jubler|
|GNU/Linux||GNU/Linux Command-line Intro|
|Audio editing||Audio Production • Ardour • Audacity|
|Book production||Booktype • Booki User Guide|
Some manuals have been selected for inclusion on the VALO-CD, a collection of the best software for Windows.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to FLOSS Manuals.|
- FLOSS Manuals English Homepage
- Transmediale Awards
- Just Write Click
- Texas Linux Fest
- Adam Hyde: Free Manuals for free software. Talk at Wikimania 2007, Taipei. Abstract