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1 GLEP: 18
2 Title: Gentoo Bimonthly Publication
3 Version: $Revision: 1.1 $
4 Last-Modified: $Date: 2003/11/24 14:20:23 $
5 Author: Caleb Tennis <caleb@gentoo.org>
6 Status: deferred
7 Type: Standards Track
8 Content-Type: text/x-rst
9 Created: 21-Nov-2003
10 Post-History: 24-Nov-2003
11
12
13 Abstract
14 ========
15
16 As Gentoo becomes more popular, providing good, official information regarding
17 the project becomes more important. This GLEP attempts to present the need and
18 suggested logistics for handling a print Gentoo publication.
19
20 Status
21 ======
22
23 Timed out
24
25
26 Motivation
27 ==========
28
29 Users have flocked to Gentoo because it provides them with what they want. [#PHILOSOPHY]_
30 Many Gentoo sub-projects are the direct result of filling a niche.
31
32 The `Gentoo Store`_ gives users the ability to purchase Gentoo related products, both
33 providing.
34
35 This GLEP attempts to fill another niche - providing information to users that would like
36 insightful information in print form.
37
38 Rationale
39 =========
40
41 *Premium Content* is a buzzword that many companies, particular those strategized around
42 open source, are marketing. Providing premium content such as this to Gentoo users is another
43 way of adding value to the Gentoo brand and revenue to the project.
44
45 Implementation
46 ==============
47
48 * Formation of the Gentoo Publication Team. This is a small entity of developers (3) that
49 are responsible for the bi-monthly deployment of the publication. An *example* of some
50 suggested guidelines are as follows:
51
52 - Each release will be 8 (eight) pages, front and back.
53
54 - The publication will be shipped on the last day of Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov
55
56 - The deadline for article submission will be on the last day of the month prior
57 to the date of publication
58
59 * The editorial team is responsible for the content and delivery schedule requirements
60 of the publication.
61
62 * A billable amount for the publication must be decided upon. The billing will be handled
63 through the Gentoo Store.
64
65 * The revenue generated by the publication will be divided up in a fair proportion to the following
66 groups:
67
68 - The physical expenses of the publication
69 - The editorial staff
70 - Authors of contributed articles
71 - The Gentoo Store
72 - A developer fund, to be handled by the Metastructure_ project.
73
74 * All authors and editors will need to have a contract on file with Gentoo to handle proper
75 legal issues surrounding payment and release of written works.
76
77
78 Other Details
79 =============
80
81 The information contained within the print publication would become available to
82 all-users via the Gentoo webspace approximately 1 month after the shipment of the
83 publication. This allows all information to be freely shared with all users, keeping
84 in line with the spirit of Gentoo.
85
86 Caveats
87 =======
88
89 When money gets involved, some people will cry foul. This GLEP will attempts to
90 address this issue by keeping all transactions open and available for perusal by
91 both developers and users.
92
93 Future
94 ======
95
96 The popularity of subscriptions will dictate the direction that this publication will go.
97
98
99 Backwards Compatibility
100 =======================
101
102 No current policies exist that interfere with this document.
103
104
105 References
106 ==========
107
108 .. [#PHILOSOPHY] http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/philosophy.xml
109
110 .. _Gentoo Store: http://store.gentoo.org
111
112 .. _Metastructure: http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/metastructure/index.xml
113
114 Copyright
115 =========
116
117 This document has been placed in the public domain.

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