Cooperation between GetGnuLinux.org and PolishLinux.org
It is Libervisco who first brought to my attention that Nuxified.org, GetGnuLinux.org and PolishLinux.org could make a "powerful trio". Before that I just thought of them as "nice websites" without much more to it.
So, it could be good to discuss this further as indeed we fit well together. My vision of the how we fit together is as follows:
- GetGnuLinux.org: Get people to want to try Linux (at least, know what Linux is and that it's not just something for geeks). At best, make them want to switch.
- PolishLinux.org: Now people want to switch: friendly help and guides to start, plus articles to read.
- Nuxified.org: Allow people to discuss anything Free Software once they switch or think about it.
(of course that's my vision! I'd be curious to read how you differ)
I believe Nuxified.org is doing pretty well at its job. Where I think we could improve is on both GetGnuLinux.org and PolishLinux.org (I mean both sites are good - I am simply refering to interaction).
So, on GetGnuLinux for example, the "Try and Install" page could point more directly to PolishLinux.org sections, with more detailed descriptions of installations.
The "Where to go now" page could point more precisely and more exclusively to PolisLinux.org content.
In turn, on PolisLinux.org we could focus more on articles for newcomers (I prefer that term to "newbies" or "beginners" ;-)).
For example I was thinking of articles such as a "five things to know if you come from Windows". That's the stuff I explain straight away to people I introduce to Ubuntu: how programs are installed (don't download things from the web), unmount or "eject" usb drives, what a root password is for, etc.
I'm not saying "that's what you should write", these are just proposals and of course I could help with such articles.
These thoughts come from the fact that now that GetGnuLinux.org seems to be going fine, there are many directions to go into. We (and especially I) can't do everything at once. I am good at doing advocacy (I believe), less so at writing GNU/Linux articles, much less at making an overview of a Ubuntu install with screenshots. So we could each concentrate on things we are good at.
If the role of each website becomes clearer with time, we could also detail it more for the newcomer. I am thinking, for example, of one page on each site presenting the role of each so the reader can know straight away where he should go (just a simple triangle diagram).
Anyway these are thoughts about some more long-term perspectives.
Right now for GetGnuLinux, I am thinking less about changing the site, than about organising the community and having a better overview of projects (I am experimenting with activeCollab right now). Then soon there will be translations coming. After that, I believe, we will be able to evolve more efficiently.
That's it! What a long post for just a few thoughts