This project is setting out to provide a structured method for educating the users of open source software products. This includes a complete task based help structure, tutorials, guides and other materials. By giving consistant specifications for all of these materials, users receive a consistant and complete method for learning the software.
The current state of open source user education is an "online manual" that sometimes accompanies the application or OS and a readme file. Unfortunately, there is no consistancy in what type of information is in each file and much information is missing. Good user education entails more than just putting an index on a pile of howto's. That's a good start.
We will be taking care to write specs that take into consideration all levels of users and detailing specs for materials suited for each type of user. Currently most open source projects provide materials for one group only, the hackers. This is fine as long as the software is destined to remain the domain of that type of user. However, as Linux and other open source projects are moving into the desktop, there needs to be a way to accomodate users of all skill levels without being arrogant. Keep in mind that this is intended for all open source projects regardless of platform.
Because Open Source Software is based on the GPL, User Education Materials created for OSS should be open as well. To further that goal, materials and specifications created by members of this project will be licensed under the OPL. The OPL is a license for non software materials similar in spirit to the GPL. For complete information on the OPL see their website.
Other materials may be necessary based on user analysis and these ideas may need to be radically changed to fit users as well.