Sooorry to write such a long Text! Please be patient.
After studying the currently available documentation I would like to open a specific
thread strictly dedicated to discuss and determine what we would like to achieve regarding
fedora server documentation. At the end there should be a kind of table of contents and an
agreement where parts of the desired content should be placed. In a next step, existing
content would then be assigned to the topics or new material would be collected.
Right from the start, we have to consider how this fits into the Fedora project as a
whole, which makes it - considering the current state of affairs - a bit more
To begin with:
which might be a bit of understatement.
The problem - in my humble opinion - is not so much the existing content (the individual
contributions for themselves are mostly OK, some need smaller updates), but rather the
missing bits and even more the structure of the existing document body as well as missing
and unclear intention, the „mission“ of the parts in their context. I have the impression
the guide had been conceptualised at a time when Fedora was a uniform distribution and not
differentiated into editions.
The same seems to be true for the Installation Guide above the System Administration Guide
on the same page.
As a first item we need a section „Installing Fedora Server“. It should explain the
various installation options and possible criteria / reasons to decide what to choose. It
should explain basic decision at installation time (i.e. in Anaconda) and their effects on
subsequent operation and similar content.
A „natural“ place would be the Installation Guide, but that would affect the whole text. A
possible new structure could be:
- Preface, Intro, Download - just as currently
- Starting Anaconda (Cross-edition items such as keyboard, source, language, etc.)
- Installing Fedora Workstation, renamed from Installing Fedora (current text might be
taken over unchanged)
- Installing Fedora Server, completely new, our part, see above
- wished for: Installing IoT. (would be nice to have an installation guide for each
- Advanced Installation Options (optimal with some adjustments in relation to the editions
or also unchanged)
- Technical Appendixes (unchanged)
I suppose, the System Administration Guide needs a new structure as well, eg.
- Preface, OK
- Fedora Workstation Administration (basically the current „Basic System Config)
- Fedora Server Administration (completely new, post-anaconda stuff e.g. Working with the
terminal, working with Cockpit, hardening and security, and general administration tasks,
e.g. organising data storage, application installation concepts, etc)
- Fedora Administration Reference (miscellaneous, cross edition focus, maybe its own
--- Service and Daemons
—-- Monitoring & Automation
—-- Wayland Display Server
And last not least we need a place for various server topics and services (web, mail,
file, …), howto’s, troubleshooting instructions, etc.
Currently I see two options here:
- a dedicated box „Fedora Server“ on the docs.fedoraproject.org
- or a section in Quick Docs, which, however, would escape the systematics of those
So far my thoughts and suggestions. Criticism and alternatives very much appreciated.