[clug-talk] Newlinuxuser.com: Worst Kept Secret Ever.
me at jonwatson.ca
Mon Sep 26 17:11:54 PDT 2005
Like the subject says - my worst kept secret is the existence of
newlinuxuser.com. I think it was a secret for all of about 24 hours before
someone figured it out and posted it as a comment on my blog.
But hell, now that it's out - let's have some fun with it.
Newlinuxuser.com is my next project to get good GNU/Linux information in front
of the people who need it most: the new users.
The site isn't actually launching until this Wednesday so the posts are a
little sparse right now and the site layout (template) doesn't look anything
like the final product will. I'm just waiting for that to be built.
I'm not going to try to bulls**t anyone here, the site will have Google ads on
it and the idea is to make some money off of it to support my many beginner
Linux endeavours. I love doing the podcast and this site is going to be fun,
but I gotta eat :) The site is part of the b5 Media (b5media.com) blog
network and as such promises to be busier than heck pretty quickly after
Now, with that aside: I'm going to try to stick to a very strict format on the
site. I only want to have three categories: Howtos, Explanations, and Geeky
Fun. Further, I'm trying to write each post to be as surgically precise as
possible so that users searching for specific info will have a good chance of
finding it via the search engines.
I'm inviting anyone in the group who wants to write an entry or entries, to do
so. This is an open invitation that has no expiry date. I'll provide proper
credit, of course and a link back to wherever you'd like on each entry you
Some guidelines: Less is more. By that I mean keep in mind the surgically
precise thing. An entry on customzing your desktop is to big. Rather, a small
HOWTO on how to change your wallpaper in KDE is more what I'm looking for.
Same applies to explanations. Explaining the various licenses of applications
is too broad. Explaining the difference between Free Software and Open Source
software is better.
Those are both good topics that I haven't done yet :)
The best entries are the stupid little things that have tripped you up before.
If there's a command that gave you trouble, but you've now figured it out -
let us know. Some weird behaviour in Nautilus that you finally figured out
how to get rid of? Tell us. I can almost say with certainty that the smaller
the better :)
OK - that's enough out of me for now. If there's any interest then feel free
to contact me on or off list.
Convert them All!
Registered GNU/Linux User #391254
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