organizing manuals on the wiki

Marko Knöbl openmoko.marko at
Tue Aug 4 00:17:20 CEST 2009

2009/7/22, Marko Knöbl <openmoko.marko at>:
> 2009/7/22, Marko Knöbl <openmoko.marko at>:
>> Hi!
>> Because of the recent efforts of creating a manual for SHR I have
>> looked through the wiki and I have found that there are already
>> several pages that could be seen as manuals for some distributions.
>> However these are totally unstructured. Therefore I'd like to have
>> some kind of standardisation about where the manuals should be put.
>> For example Om 2008: I've found these pages which describe parts of Om
>> 2008:
>> "Getting Started with your Neo ReeRunner", "Om 2008 guide", "Om 2008
>> Sudoku", "Om 2008 keyboard", "Om 2008 Installer" and "Om 2008
>> locations". These pages are only loosely connected and hard to find.
>> Therefore I would like to organize these manuals so information can be
>> found more easily and they can be maintained better.
>> My plan would be to separate device-specific information from
>> distribution-specific information. So I'd propose to have
>> device-manuals and distribution-manuals.
>> Device-manuals could be written for Neo FreeRunner, Neo 1973 and
>> probably E-TEN M 800 (SHR semms to work on this device). They would
>> contain information about buttons and connectors, opening devices,
>> inserting SIM/memory card, updating bootloader and GSM-firmware. The
>> first sections of the page "Getting Started with your Neo FreeRunner"
>> would be a good starting point for these pages.
>> Distribution manuals would be manuals about certain distributions and
>> basic applications of these distributions, no matter on what hardware
>> they are installed.
>> What do you think? Is this a good idea?
> I've just have a deeper look into the existing pages of the wiki and
> found the page "User's Manual" which is similar to what I had thought
> of. Unfortunately this page never received much attention.
> I think we could use this page as a starting point for the manuals.
> However, as I've said before, I'd like to create one manual for each
> distribution, and not one big manual where we put everything.
> What I like about the concept of the existing manual is the structure
> of the pages: There's one overwiew page called "User's Manual" and
> several subpages labelled "User's Manual/Om 2008.8 Guide", "User's
> Manual/Dialer", "User's Manual/Contacts",...
> I think we could keep this concept and create "User's Manuals/Neo
> FreeRunner", "User's Manuals/Neo 1973", "User's Manuals/SHR", ...
> I think I'll start this transition in the next couple of days when I
> have the time for it.
I finished the first phase of restructuring for the manuals on Neo
1973, Neo FreeRunner, Om 2007.2 and Om 2008. The new manuals are
available at
The next question is: how do we link to these manuals? I'd propose to
replace the "Getting Started" link in the navigation box which is
linking to the obsolete page "Getting started with your Neo
FreeRunner" - I think we should replace that link with a link to
"Manuals" - Is that okay?

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