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A new manual has been published by the Finnish FLOSS Manuals, on the free and open source office suite LibreOffice.

You may now read the manual online (currently only available in Finnish).

LibreOffice is community-driven and developed software hosted by The Document Foundation, a not-for-profit organization.

LibreOffice was started as a fork of OpenOffice, by many of the original developers of OpenOffice,...

Over the last week a team of dedicated individuals from across the globe gathered to partake in our epic Freedom Fone BookSprint 2011. We are proud to announce the result of our efforts - our new book: Freedom Fone. If you'd like a hard copy, order online from

How was this done? Well, lets just say it was...

The open source not-for-profit organisations FLOSS Manuals Foundation and Sourcefabric are pleased to announce their newly forged partnership to maintain and develop the code base behind FLOSS Manuals' successful free software documentation platform.

Said Adam Hyde of FLOSS Manuals: "We've been actively looking for partners to help achieve our mission. As FM goes from strength to strength, we're happy to partner with an organisation that has the track record of Sourcefabric in order to allow our platform to grow even further."

FLOSS Manuals' open source...

This week-end, Nicolas Dufour, Cédric Gémy et Elisa de Castro Guerra will be in Toulouse for the "Capitole du Libre", the major event of the "Pink City" focused on free software.

FMfr will present two sesssions:

  • Fmfr or the new bet for quality free documentation on free software
  • Profesional use of Scribus and impact of Scribus in the African publishing industry

FMfr will also animate workshops on Inkscape, Gimp and Scribus documentation.

Get more info on the event on the FMfr blog and on the...

Today, in the suburbs of Harare, Zimbabwe, a book sprint has started to write one manual (or more) on the Freedom Fone solution.

Freedom Fone is an open source telephony platform that can build interactive, two way, phone based information services using interactive audio voice menus, voice messages, SMS and polls.

Freedom Fone is a project initiated by The Kubatana Trust of Zimbabwe, an aggregator of civil society information in Zimbabwe. Freedom Fone is relevant in many contexts of interest for civil society...

From November 5 to 9, a book sprint is taking place in Rennes (France), organized by FLOSS Manuals Francophone (FMFR)

7 authors are gathered to write a free books on Libre/Open Fonts:

  •  Frank Adebiaye (Bénin / France)
  •  Denis Jacquerye (Congo R.D. / Belgique)
  •  Cédric Gémy (France)
  •  Pierre Huyghbaert (Belgique)
  •  Boureima Kinda (Burkina Faso)
  •  Murielle Souryis (France)
  •  Nicolas Spalinger (Suisse / France)

This book sprint is facilitated by Elisa de Castro Guerra.


MOVEMENTS.ORG, a non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, connecting, and supporting grassroots digital activists from around the world, has just decided to strengthen its toolkit with our beloved "How to Bypass Internet Censorship":

As you may already know, the "How to Bypass Internet Censorship" manual was put together in a booksprint facilitated by FLOSS Manuals last February in Berlin.

Since February 2011, "How To Bypass...

I was asked by Adam from Floss Manuals, if I could facilitate a workshop on Documentation for the TEH network in Bordeaux in late Oct 2011. I was keen to do it, partly because I was travelling through that part of the world in a small camper van and was happy for a break in a hotel, and partly because the idea of teaching a day long workshop on distributed and collaborative documentation was a good incentive in itself.

I inherited a lesson plan from a workshop leader that dropped out. The idea was to discuss strategy and experiences of documentation in the morning and then create a FANZINE in an online format in the afternoon. This seemed a good...

Great insights (incites?) as always from Andy Oram from O’Reilly this time about the difference between traditional book writing and collaborative authoring.

There’s also some thought provoking stories on the Out of Ink project website from the Network Cultures people.

Especially worth checking out is this story of the birth of the...


October 25, 2011

(Palo Alto, California) Google Summer of Code Event Marks the Start of Four New Books On Free Software

From October 17th to 21st, members of various Google Summer of Code (GsoC) projects gathered, along with others from the worlds of publishing and software, for a collaborative documentation event known as the Google Summer of Code Documentation Sprint.  

The 5-day event represents a collaboration between Google, Aspiration, and FLOSS Manuals, an international organization committed to producing free manuals for free software. The software...