Anyone in Australia want to see if there are potential doc writers in
this program? DocBook/XML is much easier to learn than most
programming, is a real world skill, and we sure could use docs from
regular users for regular users.
Open source projects for those on the dole
APRIL 26, 2005
A NEW "hack for the dole" scheme will allow unemployed people to meet
their mutual obligation requirements by working on open-source software
Linux Australia has gained approval for the scheme being launched as
part of its CommunityCode.org
project to encourage software development.
It is trying to attract skilled enthusiasts to work as mentors.
Project developer Matthew Palmer said he had begun working with a mother
who was developing educational software for children.
He said early interest in the project, launched last week at
Linux.conf.au 2005 in Canberra, had been strong. "I've talked to heaps
of people and they've all been really keen on it," he said.
As well as coding, other tasks under the scheme could include
documenting and art.
As a community organisation, Linux Australia meets government
requirements for organising mutual-obligation projects for the long-term
Mr Palmer said, although Linux was easy to use as a desktop operating
system, one goal for the Community Code.org
project was to make
contributing software modifications an equally straightforward task for
We have yet to see the full impact of the open, global marketplace. By
1997 all raw materials and technology will be available everywhere in
the world. The only differences between countries and markets will be
skill levels, education, and the level of empowerment of the workplace.
-- Sydney Smith
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