GET INVOLVED

FLOSS Manuals is fantastic community to be a part of. There are manuals in many languages on great desktop and android applications. The thing that binds it all together is that these are resources written under a free licence about applications also written under a Free Software licence.

The vast majority of all manuals on FM have been created and maintained by people putting in voluntary contributions of their time. This creates a very stable community and home for the manuals and allows us to do a lot with a little.

We are always looking for people who love writing about Free Software. We maintain a database of writers, translators, facilitators and workshop leaders. Please get in touch if you have work that needs doing or if you are available for work. You can also do a lot of other things to help: PR, write code, reach out to other projects, start a new language community, raise money etc.

If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more, the best thing is to join our mailing list and ask how you can get involved.

Writing, Editing and Fact Checking Manuals

Anybody can contribute to a manual. To get access to the "write" area of the site, all you need to do is to create a login ID on booki.flossmanuals.net. By creating a login ID, you agree to release what you create here under the GNU General Public License. Your login and profile information is used to attribute copyright to you for what you write. We prefer that you use your real name, but you can use a pseudonym if you don't mind owning copyright under that pseudonym. Here are some of the activities you get involved with:

  • writing new manuals
  • updating or improving existing manuals
  • proofreading manuals as they are being written
  • reviewing and fact checking.

Networking & Fundraising

There are so many great manuals and resources as part of the FLOSS Manuals network, in so many different languages. Sometimes it seems like we are so busy writing them that we don’t have enough time to promote our manuals as much as needed.We would really appreciate help spreading the word.

Promotion can be a challenge for volunteer-based communities. However our large user base works well to help us promote the FLOSS Manuals. Here are some of the ways you can help:

  • write a blog post about FLOSS Manuals and our recent activites (see our news page)
  • embed our bookstore widget in your website
  • write a review of one of our manuals.

You can help out by keeping us in the loop about projects and partners that may be good for us to make contact with. If you see a funding opportunities that could support our work, do let us know.

Helping with the Tech Infrastructure

Volunteering for FM as a tech could be a great way to help many Free Software communities in one go. It is also a great way to learn about innovative publishing formats for online publishing, and online collaborative software that can output to many different formats.

We are looking for people with a good working knowledge of Python, Django, php or css theming. FLOSS Manuals is build around the Booktype software. At the moment we have a few projects that we really need help with:

  • installing the latest version of Booktype and migrating our current content there.
  • working to set up a new Booktype install (and front page in php) for a new FLOSS Manuals in Spanish
  • theming existing sites with php and css.

Using FLOSS Manuals for Teaching

The best road-testing of our documentation is when it is used in real-life workshops. Please try out some of our manuals for teaching or as open educational resources for online learning.

If you are looking to prepare a workshop using Free Software, we would be delighted to work with you to help you acheive this. We may be able to point you in the direction of existing resources that fill your need. We may be able to share techniques to help you overcome any barriers to teaching this material.

Most of all we would welcome your feedback on using the manuals, workbooks and courses at FLOSS Manuals so that together we can keep them up-to-date and make them even better.

Get Involved with FLOSS Manuals

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