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Organizing service documentation
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Thu 08 July 2021

As I mentioned in An IT services overview I try to keep track of the architecture and designs of the IT services and solutions in a way that I feel helps me keep in touch with all the various services and solutions out there. Similar to how system administrators try to find a balance while working on documentation (which is often considered a chore) and using a structure that is sufficiently simple and standard for the organization to benefit from, architects should try to keep track of architecturally relevant information as well.

So in this post, I'm going to explain a bit more on how I approach documenting service and solution insights for architectural relevance.

Gentoo Wiki is growing
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Sat 03 January 2015

Perhaps it is because of the winter holidays, but the last weeks I've noticed a lot of updates and edits on the Gentoo wiki.

The move to the Tyrian layout, whose purpose is to eventually become the unified layout for all Gentoo resources, happened first. Then, three common templates (Code …

Revamped our SELinux documentation
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Mon 12 May 2014

In the move to the Gentoo wiki, I have updated and revamped most of our SELinux documentation. The end result can be seen through the main SELinux page. Most of the content is below this page (as subpages).

We start with a new introduction to SELinux article which goes over …

GPT or MBR in the Gentoo Handbook
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Wed 18 December 2013

I just committed a set of changes against the Gentoo Handbook (x86 and amd64) with the intent to have better instructions on GPT (GUID Partition Table) layout versus MBR (Master Boot Record) or MSDOS-style layout.

The part on "Preparing the Disks" saw the most changes. It starts with explaining the …

Updated Linux Sea, now with viewport thingie
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Mon 16 December 2013

I just pushed out an update to Linux Sea (an online resource to introduce you to Linux, using Gentoo Linux as an example), including its PDF and ePub versions. The changes are pretty small (see its ChangeLog).

Together with the update, it now also includes a <meta name="viewport"...> so …

Majority of GDP documents moved to Gentoo wiki
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Tue 10 December 2013

The majority of the English gentoo documents that resided in have now been moved to the Gentoo Wiki. All those documents have been made available in the main namespace, meaning that non-developers can continue to contribute on those articles and guides, fully in the spirit …

Moving Gentoo docs to the wiki
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Sun 28 July 2013

Slowly but surely Gentoo documentation guides are being moved to the Gentoo Wiki. Thanks to the translation support provided by the infrastructure, all "reasons" not to go forward with this have been resolved. At first, I'm focusing on documentation with open bugs that have not been picked up (usually due …

Added "predictable network interface" info into the handbook
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Tue 07 May 2013

Being long overdue - like many of our documentation-reported bugs :-( I worked on bug 466262 to update the Gentoo Handbook with information about Network Interface Naming. Of course, the installation instructions have also seen the necessary updates to refer to this change.

With some luck (read: time) I might be able …

SELinux tutorial series
by Sven Vermeulen, post on Fri 15 March 2013

As we get a growing number of SELinux users within Gentoo Hardened and because the SELinux usage at the firm I work at is most likely going to grow as well, I decided to join the bunch of documents on SELinux that are "out there" and start a series of …