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Ideas for new articles on PolishLinux.org

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As we want to publish content that our readers need (isn't it nice of us? Sticking out tongue), I'd like to start this topic so that everyone could post some ideas on new articles.

Currently our authors are working on these articles:
- 10 reasons to dump Windows (part II)
- Fluxbox - review of this lightweight window manager
- FVWM-crystal review - to the rescue for older computers
- Which Linux for 64-bits? - an overview of best distros providing amd64-support

If you are waiting for someone to write an article about some tool, window manager or some Linux distro or have any other proposals for new content for PolishLinux.org, please speak it up!

Also, if you are willing to write an article, you're welcome to join our little team.
PS. I will update this topic to include the latest ideas and the current articles we're working on.

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We publish articles of our

We publish articles of our own on Nuxified.org as well, but well.. let writers choose where they want to publish their works. PolishLinux.org is more focused on helping new users set themselves up while Nuxified.org is a bit more general than that and may include various topics, including even other Free OS's such as BSDs, future Haiku OS, OpenSolaris etc.

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Don't worry Danijel. We're

Don't worry Danijel. We're not going to steal your authors Smiling

Usually the process of publishing on PolishLinux.org is the following:
1. One of our writers publish on JakiLinux.org (Polish version).
2. A translator (me or some of the staff members) translate the article and publish them on PolishLinux.org
3. Sometimes, the author gets paid, if the article reaches digg.com or some other particular site.

Of course we encourage everyone else to write aticles for us as well. But this thread is more about ideas for articles, not searching for authors.

You're right that the articles we publish stricly concern Linux and coping with certain apps/mechanisms. We usually don't publish essays on general subjects like "Why is open source better than proprietary software" and stuff like that. Perhaps if I write an article like that I'll send it for publishing on nuxified.org instead. Deal? Smiling

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Very general articles would

Very general articles would be more at home at libervis.com . The polishlinux type of article is a large subset of what goes to nuxified. Maybe you can take nuxified articles and translate them to polish?

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I should add nuxified seems

I should add nuxified seems to be more focussed on the forums than on articles recently. Maybe the best solution is to put polishlinux articles on the nuxified front page too?

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I didn't mean those kinds of

I didn't mean those kinds of general articles. Smiling I meant articles that aren't just about getting started with GNU/Linux and applications on it, but anything else that anyhow relates to other Free Software, but isn't too philosophical, as that goes on Libervis.com. "Why is open source better than proprietary software" style article isn't about technical issues regarding Free Software to which this site focuses (though it doesn't ignore the philosophical issues in practice).

With my previous post here I just wanted to say that Nuxified.org too has articles. It is a way we get a good deal of additional traffic and even some members and I think we'll have to continue doing them. With this, I wanted to acknowledge that potential writers have a choice of where to publish their article depending on which site they deem is more fit for it.

For example, I think an article that would compare a flavor of BSD and GNU/Linux would be more fit for Nuxified.org. Also specific reviews of new versions of certain GNU/Linux distros is IMO also more fit for Nuxified.org. Overviews and comparisons of various GNU/Linux distros that not only review them for general public, but focus on helping a newbie choose, are the kind of articles fitting PolishLinux.org. That's pretty much the general idea I though PolishLinux.org was about, not everything technical about GNU/Linux, but focus only on what is needed to help newbies get through.

tbuitenh wrote:

I should add nuxified seems to be more focussed on the forums than on articles recently.

That may be so, but articles have played a role at that as well. They sometimes draw new members in. I am not sure we can continue the higher pace of growth based on forums alone.

tbuitenh wrote:

The polishlinux type of article is a large subset of what goes to nuxified. Maybe you can take nuxified articles and translate them to polish?

I wouldn't mind that at all, but again, it is writers up to whom it is wether they'd like an article taken by someone else and translated or not. Of course, I'd like to think our writers terms would always be in line with the Attribution-ShareAlike license which lets this by default and you don't even have to ask. Eye

tbuitenh wrote:

Maybe the best solution is to put polishlinux articles on the nuxified front page too?

Maybe. Smiling I've been wondering myself for a while wether it would be good to publish articles from other sites too in form of an excerpt with a link (much like Libervis featured news), especially since I've been getting submissions from those other sites. If we put PolishLinux.org articles here, it's likely they wont stay alone and we'll start aggregating others too.

However, one option is to add a special block for PolishLinux.org articles like that "tutorials" block on the left of homepage. In exchange we could get the same for our forum topics on PolishLinux.org which was the deal anyway. Eye

In any case I don't want this to be a controversy. It's up to the authors to recognize the purpose of two sites and decide for which to write. We have our own team and I hope not all of them decides to jump ship to PolishLinux.org. Eye As for others, you're your own boss. Smiling We're here to cooperate and instead of weakening ourselves over who's gonna write for who let's make sure both of our good articles get out and be read by alot of people. Smiling

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Quite right. Still, we used to publish distro reviews...
libervisco wrote:

For example, I think an article that would compare a flavor of BSD and GNU/Linux would be more fit for Nuxified.org. Also specific reviews of new versions of certain GNU/Linux distros is IMO also more fit for Nuxified.org. Overviews and comparisons of various GNU/Linux distros that not only review them for general public, but focus on helping a newbie choose, are the kind of articles fitting PolishLinux.org. That's pretty much the general idea I though PolishLinux.org was about, not everything technical about GNU/Linux, but focus only on what is needed to help newbies get through.

Quite right. Still, we used to publish distro reviews and BSD reviews as well in the past (on Polish version of the vortal). So the border is vague actually. And once upon a while we do publish an article for intermediate users as well - it's a good way to attract those users. Without more experienced users we could not write articles for newbies, right? Smiling

tbuitenh wrote:

I should add nuxified seems to be more focussed on the forums than on articles recently.

Tha's what I thought as well, actually Smiling

tbuitenh wrote:

The polishlinux type of article is a large subset of what goes to nuxified. Maybe you can take nuxified articles and translate them to polish?

It's an idea. I will propose it on the Polish forum. If someone is willing to do it, why not. Of course we need to ask authors for approval each time - that's obvious.

libervisco wrote:
tbuitenh wrote:

Maybe the best solution is to put polishlinux articles on the nuxified front page too?

Maybe. Smiling I've been wondering myself for a while wether it would be good to publish articles from other sites too in form of an excerpt with a link (much like Libervis featured news), especially since I've been getting submissions from those other sites. If we put PolishLinux.org articles here, it's likely they wont stay alone and we'll start aggregating others too.

It's a matter of decision - publish only original content or link to other sites as well. We at PolishLinux decided to publish only original content since there's just too many article-aggregating sites already.

libervisco wrote:

However, one option is to add a special block for PolishLinux.org articles like that "tutorials" block on the left of homepage. In exchange we could get the same for our forum topics on PolishLinux.org which was the deal anyway. Eye

Yes, yes... I know, when I only find some time to inverstiage the RSS readers for Wordpress, I'll create the new block with latest nuxified threads.

libervisco wrote:

In any case I don't want this to be a controversy. It's up to the authors to recognize the purpose of two sites and decide for which to write. We have our own team and I hope not all of them decides to jump ship to PolishLinux.org. Eye As for others, you're your own boss. Smiling We're here to cooperate and instead of weakening ourselves over who's gonna write for who let's make sure both of our good articles get out and be read by alot of people. Smiling

Totally agreed.

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michuk wrote: So the border
michuk wrote:

So the border is vague actually. And once upon a while we do publish an article for intermediate users as well - it's a good way to attract those users.

Well at least the line is known, even if it's vague. Smiling It may help authors who decide between two sites for publishing their article.

michuk wrote:

Without more experienced users we could not write articles for newbies, right?

Maybe.. I think it's actually easier to get to intermediate users than newbies simply because they are usually the ones that watch GNU/Linux related sources most. They're already in, while newbies are still getting in. Smiling

michuk wrote:
tbuitenh wrote:

I should add nuxified seems to be more focussed on the forums than on articles recently.

Tha's what I thought as well, actually Smiling

It is the long term goal. It'd be great if we become an established and known Free Software forum site, but we still aren't and the competition in that realm is tough (namely LinuxForums.org, LinuxQuestions.org, forums.osdir.org etc.). How to get there? Articles are one of the better ways.. Acqusition of undead GNU/Linux forums is another, but I don't have the money for that. Eye

Anyway, anyone feel free to continue this thread with actual article suggestions or updates. Eye

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I'd be willing to write up

I'd be willing to write up articles, but I'm a bit of a knucklehead. I seem to fair well with the actual content, but I'm a dog at coming up with ideas for articles. If I were to browse a list of 'Wanted Articles', I could probably write one or two a week on various subjects.

Whether the article is published on my site, nuxified or polishlinux doesn't matter too much to me -- that's why Berners-Lee invented HREFs. :-)

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FeedWordPress
michuk wrote:

Yes, yes... I know, when I only find some time to inverstiage the RSS readers for Wordpress, I'll create the new block with latest nuxified threads.

Try FeedWordPress

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List of proposed topics

I have put a list of proposed topics on another page: http://polishlinux.org/about/cooperation/proposed-topics/
New ideas for topics will be put there as well.

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Proposed articles - updated

I just updated the page with proposed topics, adding the following:
- Planned features for Ubuntu Edgy Eft
- Freespire review (free version of Linspire)
- Review of Frugalware Linux 0.5
- How to undelete files under different Linux file systems?
- Linux backup/recovery - the popular tools benchmark

Anyone interested?

michuk

PS. Feel free to post here any suggestions for new articles you would like to read on PolishLinux.org!

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