[OSGeoLive] [Qgis-community-team] [OSGeoLive 13.0] QGIS 3.4 overview and quickstart overhaul

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Fri May 24 13:20:50 PDT 2019

Hi Harrissou, my comments are inline:

On Fri, 24 May 2019 at 19:48, DelazJ <delazj at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Nicolas, what's the deadline for the release?

Our OSGeoLive schedule is here:
English versions of Project Overviews and Quickstarts are to be updated and
reviewed by  9 July 2019

I think you hit two items that are not covered even in our official
> documentation so tackling these would benefit to both docs:
> - the Overview: we have a list of features at [1] but it's also not fully
> updated at the moment [2}
> - the Quickstart (something we don't have): but we neither finished
> updating our screenshots [3] - some might already be available to pick in
> the repo though.
> What I want to say, refering to our own undone changes, is that this is an
> opportunity to fix two important features for both projects.

I agree Harrissou, aligning QGIS and OSGeoLive core documentation would be
excellent. It is something I'm hoping we can trail in our SeasonOfDocs
initiative with QGIS and GeoNetwork, and later introduce to other OSGeo

> And afaics it doesn't require specific advanced skills, so I'd invite
> people willing to help in documentation to give it a try. Could be a good
> starting point. The visual changelogs might also help to find some main
> features [4].

Yes, these are less complicated tasks and a good starting point. I've been
learning from tech writers that we should be careful to avoid words like
"easy", or "just do ....". Tasks which developers find easy (like using git
or RST) have a high barrier-to-entry for experienced writers (such as an
ex-English teacher who came to our last FOSS4G community day).

Our Howto-write-OSGeoLive docs have become harder to follow as we have been
automating our build process. (I'm hoping we will improve this as part of
SeasonOfDocs). Links from: https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive

> About OSGeoLive, am I right that there's no html doc online and if i want
> to view the docs I have to either run the dvd/usb/VM or build it myself as
> explained in the ReadMe [5]?

You can see docs from our latest release here:

Regarding the quickstart (*talking about the concept of quickstart since I
> haven't seen the OSGeoLive's one and don't know if it duplicates things we
> already have*), I wonder if it's not something we can consider having
> next or within QGIS docs. There might be ways to bridge both resources,
> actually just display on QGIS Docs website the quickstart from
> OSGeoLive-Docs. Sphinx-gurus? And that would help QGIS documenters be more
> concerned (talking about me at least) with OSGeoLive docs, bridge the
> projects and there might be more advantages.

Yes, I really like this idea, and would be interested to see how we can
pursue this.

> Regards,
> Harrissou
> [1] https://docs.qgis.org/3.4/en/docs/user_manual/preamble/features.html
> [2] https://github.com/qgis/QGIS-Documentation/issues/2286
> [3] https://github.com/qgis/QGIS-Documentation/issues/2441
> [4] https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/visualchangelogs.html
> [5]
> https://github.com/OSGeo/OSGeoLive-doc#building-osgeolive-documentation
> Le jeu. 23 mai 2019 à 09:33, Nicolas Roelandt <roelandtn.pro at gmail.com> a
> écrit :
>> Hi dear QGIS community members,
>> OSGeoLive has reached alpha2 stage with QGIS 3.4.6 installed. [1]
>> OSGeoLive 12.0 was with QGIS 2.18 and the current documentation was
>> written for this version.
>> At OSGeoLive, we think that the new version of QGIS is a good opportunity
>> to rework on the QGIS overview [2] and quickstart [3] and reflects its new
>> functionnalities. So we are looking for volunteers to help us improve the
>> docs and take new screenshots.
>> You can work directly on the files or interact in the dedicated ticket
>> [4] or within our mailing list [5].
>> Thanks for your help from the OSGeoLive Community.
>> Yours sincerely,
>> Nicolas Roelandt
>> OSGeoLive PSC
>> OSGeo-fr board
>> OSGeo charter member
>> [1]
>> http://osgeo-org.1560.x6.nabble.com/OSGeoLive-13-0-status-alpha2-td5405559.html
>> [2]
>> https://github.com/OSGeo/OSGeoLive-doc/blob/master/doc/overview/qgis_overview.rst
>> [3]
>> https://github.com/OSGeo/OSGeoLive-doc/blob/master/doc/quickstart/qgis_quickstart.rst
>> [4] https://trac.osgeo.org/osgeolive/ticket/2136#ticket
>> [5] osgeolive at lists.osgeo.org
>> <https://twitter.com/RoelandtN42>
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Cameron Shorter
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