[arch-releng] Official Arch Linux Install Guide changes caused by 2009.08

Loui Chang louipc.ist at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 15:01:37 EDT 2009

On Thu 23 Jul 2009 20:06 +0200, Dieter Plaetinck wrote:
> Hi all,
> the Official Arch Linux Install Guide ( http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Official_Arch_Linux_Install_Guide )
> will need to be changed in various places because 2009.08 will use AIF and no longer archlinux-installer, which differ in various aspects.
> There are the IMHO following requirements:
> - current content should not be tampered with, so people who install 2009.02 now or in a few weeks have the correct guide
> - also after 2009.08 is released, the current guide should probably stay available (maybe under a different name "deprecated"?) for users who still use older discs
> - by the time 2009.08 is out, the documentation must match it, so we should start working on new documenation now.
> What I suggest is:
> - to copy the current page to a "new guide". the new guide gets a note it's only valid for 2009.08 and onwards. the current guide gets a note that says it's only valid until 2009.02
> - when 2009.08 is released, I would rename the current page to add "deprecated" or "old" to it.  and put the new guide in it's place.
>   (afaik you can't rename pages in wiki's so basically it would mean "copy paste all content to the other")
> I know AIF best so I would take the lead in doing (most of) the required documentation changes.
> 1) Is this a good proposal?

Not bad, but I think the wiki should be dropped. People should be
advised to consult the docs that come with the CD. If you make a change
in the installer, then you can update the docs alongside it rather than
having to worry about syncing with the wiki or whatever.

> 3) I currently have no write access to the install guide (I seem to have no administrator privileges).
> 4) What would be the best practice for me getting started on the new
> content, allowing others to contribute but not to ruin my work?  Lock
> the new page and have people email me with corrections?

Use Git!

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