It seems that some tech writers are slow to adopt open source — Why technical writers aren’t using FOSS. Bruce Byfield outlines several interesting reasons in his article, but here’s one that jumped out at me:
Well, there’s certainly benefit to adopting open source tools, principles, and work behaviors in your own time (which is what I did before I got this job), but here at Sun most of us don’t have to do that anymore. We are part of so many open communities now that these concepts touch a very large number of employees.
On OpenSolaris, for instance, our documentation team has an open community, they discuss things on an open list, they are taking contributions (bugs, RFEs, feedback, and entire documents) from non-Sun community members, they have a published roadmap, and they are releasing the source for their books (two just released recently with more to come). So, the Solaris technical writers are literally part of an open documentation community now, which they run with non-Sun community members. They don’t have to explore this on their own time.
This trend of opening our sources, development processes, and tools is taking place across many groups at Sun.