[BSDCert] Open Source degrees
christiaan.theron at virgin.net
Thu Feb 23 20:28:12 EST 2006
> It still comes down to an agreed upon framework to bring this into
> actuality. How do we:
> - collaborate without driving the editors nuts?
A small team of authors would have to work on the book.
> I really think a collaboration of people with real-world experience
> doing different
> things on differing BSDs would make an awesome text but I'm not sure
> how to
> compile everything together without losing anything
I think an e-learning application as in something similar to MS
e-learning, routersim or testout labsim products would suit this because
of the differing BSD issues. It may be possible to Open Source this as a
project , there are many tutorial sites out there but Learn Linux is the
best example of what I am getting at. To make this work, encourage
contributors by asking the BSD community to provide small sponsorships
to reward contributors. If the BSD community is willing to support
sponsorship, then the way to offer sponsorship is to make a reward for
contributors competitive, like an annual or monthly volunteer award
based on how much work individual volunteers have contributed.
If you want to hard copy publish, rather than have one giant text, is
it possible to publish smaller books on each BSD?
To make a publishing deal work, I think it will require more than just a
single book I think if you can sell the concept of an "official"
instructors pack then the publishers will see the money. That pack could
include an instructors lab guide and the instructor manual.
> - pay people? Putting a book together is a lot of work and time away from
> the day job that feeds the family
An advance from the publisher or royalties.
> - publish the result?
If a publisher will not provide an advance, then will a small team of
authors be prepared to work for royalties? If not then self-publishing
is the next option and in my opinion online distance learning as in
e-learning probably reflects the skills of the community..
> We've had some threads on all three of these. The framework hasn't
> started to gel yet though.
This does come down to budget. O'Reilly publisher is always interesting
to me because most of the books I have bought are also freely available
online. So if a Learn BSD e-learning application was developed, it may
go some way to solving the headaches of compiling everything from the
differing BSD, before seeking a publisher for hard copy manuals and
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