The Introduction to Linux Guide will be available in printed format (264 pages) from http://fultus.com from May 20th onwards by Print On Demand (POD). Fultus also distributes the book via Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Barnes & Noble.
Sergiusz has been working quite hard to protect our mailing lists from spam. After the submit mailinglist, the protection was extended to the feedback mailinglist.
Ikmal Ahmad noted that there were no mirrors available for Malaysia and took the initiative to start one. The new mirror is at http://ldp.leakage.org/, is located in Kuala Lumpur and updates several times per day.
Jean-Philippe Geurard, the HOWTO-French translation coordinator wrote in to inform us that the MSSQL6-Openlink-PHP-ODBC HOWTO was obsolete. The version of OpenLink that does not seem to be available anywhere on the Internet and The current version was not free anymore.
AsciiDoc is a GPLed formating system written in Python by Stuart Rackham that can convert a plain text human readable/writable document format directly to DocBook. Scot W. Stevenson suggested that the LDP maintainers consider AsciiDoc for document submissions to reduce the barrier involved in learning DocBook. Emma Jane Hogbin said that this was a misconception that the LDP accepts only DocBook submissions and Scot explained how he thought learning DocBook was necessary if only at a later point of time. Gerg Ferguson was interested in how good AsciiDoc was at doing container elements and meta-data and that if it can do a good job like WikiText without DocBook errors, the LDP would be open to such submissions.
Machtelt Garrels wanted to know what somebody who wanted to give money to TLDP should be doing. Paul Jones replied saying that cheques may be sent to: ibiblio.org, campus box 3456, UNC chapel hill, nc 27599-3456, USA. They should be made payable to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a note that the funds are for the Linux Documentation Project.
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