New Minion documentation

I've just uploaded some new documentation for Minion. It covers basic and advanced Minion configuration.

Configuration in Minion is done using an offshoot of the configuration system that was developed for the Sphinx-4 speech recognition system. We started out with the original version of the configuration package that Paul developed while he was working on Sphinx-4. Along the way, we synced our local changes to that version with the new annotation-based version that the Sphinx-4 folks have been using.

We've added a few basic capabilities to the configuration system: we added the configuration of lists of strings, the ability to configure a property that holds the value of a Java enum and a few other things. We also added one big capability to the config system, which is the ability to take advantage of a Jini lookup service in configurations.

With this addition you can define a configuration that can import and export components to a lookup service, so that it's easy to set up and configure a distributed system. We're making a lot of use of this capability in the AURA Project and I expect that it'll eventually get used for a distributed version of Minion.

You can find the documentation linked from the Minion project home page.

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