[svlug] Advertising in our HOWTOs
rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Jan 10 16:25:01 PST 2001
begin Seth David Schoen quotation:
> Should we try to get a statement from the LDP folks? They may not even
> know that this an issue, especially if they're not directly editing each
> new HOWTO edition.
Some data that may bear on this:
o LDP is said to be a collaboration of numerous volunteers. I see
no information on its structure.
o Joshua Drake is one of two current webmasters for www.linuxdoc.org .
He's the fellow who included the advertisement/hyperlink to
acknowledge a grant (?) from OpenDocs Publishing, LLC. (Perhaps
OpenDocs's "funding" for open-source software documentation via
its OpenSource Documentation Fund initiative is conditioned on
inclusion of embedded advertisements?)
o Drake is also the DNS Technical Contact, Administrative Contact,
_and_ Billing Contact for the linuxdoc.org domain. He is also
the _registrant_ of the domain (or rather his consulting firm is --
see below). In a functional sense, he owns the LDP.
o Drake appears to have been the leading proponent of the LDP's
still-stalled conversion from LinuxDoc to the much-more-complex
DocBook DTD, which you may recall is opposed by LDP founder Matt
o OpenDocs Publishing, LLC is a commercial print publisher with three
current titles (Linux-oriented technical books) plus one in the offing.
See the LDP's "News" item for May 26, 2000.
o OpenDocs is partially owned by Command Prompt, Inc. of Oregon
(www.commandprompt.com), Drake's consulting company. See:
All of us have business interests: Mr. Drake seems to have a difficult
time forebearing from using the Linux community's central documentation
repositories to flog them. And he appears to be situated such that he
can do so with impunity.
Cheers, "Because film is the pre-eminent American art form. You don't hear
Rick Moen people saying 'You know, this movie would make a really great epic
rick at linuxmafia.com poem.'" -- Orson Scott Card, book signing, 7 Jan 2001
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