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The Vectorian Lounge => The Lounge => Topic started by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 10:38:24 am

Title: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 10:38:24 am
I am looking to start writing Newsforge articles to help pay for college expenses. It seems like it might be a good (and kind of fun!) way to draw at least some of the income for tuition, and let's face it, I don't have a really lavish lifestyle beyond that. Anyway, I'd like to hear it from the community: what kinds of applications and software tips do the nascent 'desktop Linux user' base want to read about? The apps I feel most enthusiastic over are all obscure geeky tools like Objective C compilers and shells, so I think I had better hear it from a more diverse audience.

Let me know, O readers...
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: nightflier on June 04, 2007, 11:05:43 am
Judging by the number of questions on the subject, anything that will help people getting wi-fi working whould be a good one.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 11:07:49 am
I don't have a wireless card...  :-[
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: DrGrov on June 04, 2007, 11:09:17 am

IMO, I would say that it would be interesting to read about new WM's/DE's. And also terminals and smaller type of multimedia apps that get the job done. Some CLI-based apps would be nice to know more about.
Nice thread, hanu! Interesting to follow this further how it turns out.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: |nic| on June 04, 2007, 11:12:47 am
I think commandline tips and media apps.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: GrannyGeek on June 04, 2007, 11:24:18 am
>> I'd like to hear it from the community: what kinds of applications and software tips do the nascent 'desktop Linux user' base want to read about? >>

Typical desktop users (not of the geeky persuasion) use browsers, word processors, spreadsheets, checkbook managers, e-mail clients, IM applications, media players, photo organizers, photo editors, CD/DVD burning software, games. We like to learn easier ways to do things, file manager tips, how to set up and deal with home networks both wired and wireless, simple but handy terminal commands like df -h. More advanced Linux users might like to know about the different desktops available such as descriptions and objective comparisons of KDE, Gnome, XFce, IceWM, and others. I would be lost without Tuxcards. People want to know about Wine and Crossover Office and other ways to run Windows programs they can't, or don't want to, do without.

Lots of people want to make slide shows of photos they can burn to a CD or DVD and they have videos or VCR recordings they want to transfer to DVD. They want to rip CDs and turn their music files into formats that their MP3 players can play.

That's off the top of my head. Take a look at http://tuxmagazine.com/ and see the kinds of things the late TUX Magazine covered. I always thought TUX was too KDE-centered, was a little too allergic to sensible use of the command line, and didn't go into enough depth in its articles. However, TUX covered things "regular users" are interested in. There is a download page at https://secure.ssc.com/allsubs/tux.php?action=show-downloads but I don't know if a non-subscriber can download all the issues or just one as a sample. Since the magazine is now extinct and people can no longer subscribe, I'd hope people can download as many issues as they want.

Let us know when we can read your articles on Newsforge. I hope you make lots of money!
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: nubcnubdo on June 04, 2007, 11:29:49 am
@DrGrov

Check this site:

http://xwinman.org/index.php
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: never_stop_learning on June 04, 2007, 11:40:03 am
I am looking to start writing Newsforge articles to help pay for college expenses. It seems like it might be a good (and kind of fun!) way to draw at least some of the income for tuition, and let's face it, I don't have a really lavish lifestyle beyond that. Anyway, I'd like to hear it from the community: what kinds of applications and software tips do the nascent 'desktop Linux user' base want to read about? The apps I feel most enthusiastic over are all obscure geeky tools like Objective C compilers and shells, so I think I had better hear it from a more diverse audience.

Let me know, O readers...

How about a step-by-step "How-To" regarding converting/installing/using iTunes and iPods in an open source environment?
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: nubcnubdo on June 04, 2007, 11:56:28 am
Howto install an internal modem. A discussion of the best brands of modem for a Linux installation. Resources for drivers.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 12:08:26 pm
Best to avoid hardware topics, such as iPods.

If you name it, I probably won't have it.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 12:39:01 pm
Thunar and EDE both seem pretty viable.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: blurymind on June 04, 2007, 01:34:45 pm
i'd like to see interesting articles with a sense of humor that will make windows users envious of linux users...Focus on those little sweet tips,advantage and power that one gets from using linux,combine with really nice looking gui apps that do something that a shareware piece of crap will hardly try to achieve,simple things that the windows users live without,etc... We've had compiz and beryl have a really big impact over the mainstream users.It really spread the word for linux and made it popular...thats why distrowatch talked about it a bit too much- things that are on the bleeding edge are interesting.
Giving a sesnse for the future,whats to come and why its so exciting and why you should stay around and keep a track for news of it...
Be free to use a sense of humor or satire,to spice it abit, but don't go too far...idk,thats what i'd do.  :P
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 01:59:05 pm
At Newsforge, the articles tend to be pretty straightforward. IIRC, comparisons aimed at causing envy are verboten. I hate to knock down your suggestion outright, but they aren't my rules.  :'(
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 04, 2007, 02:41:22 pm
@ GrannyGeek

There is an article on TuxCards and KnowIt at Newsforge. The author seems to favor KnowIt...

http://software.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/06/01/2026225&tid=130

I haven't used either of them, personally, so I can't say.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: GrannyGeek on June 04, 2007, 06:09:13 pm
i'd like to see interesting articles with a sense of humor that will make windows users envious of linux users

I don't think that's a good idea. It just tends to annoy Windows users who are thinking about getting into Linux. Better to be positive about Linux than negative about Windows. I love Linux and it's my main operating system, but in all honesty, I don't see anything in Linux that would make me as a Windows user *envious* of Linux users. My Windows programs are farther along in development and have more features than my Linux programs covering the same areas.

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We've had compiz and beryl have a really big impact over the mainstream users.It really spread the word for linux and made it popular

Perhaps in the circles you travel in. Certainly not in the ones I travel in. We aren't into eye-candy stuff. I wasn't impressed when I tried out Beryl with the VL Beryl Live CD.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: GrannyGeek on June 04, 2007, 06:13:38 pm
There is an article on TuxCards and KnowIt at Newsforge. The author seems to favor KnowIt...

Thanks for the URL. One quote: "The main difference between them is that KnowIt requires KDE. Tuxcards does not." That pretty much says it all for me. I don't like to be forced into KDE.

I agreed with most of what the article cited as strengths and weaknesses of Tuxcards.
--GrannyGeek
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: LLL on June 04, 2007, 07:10:23 pm
Hanu,

I think this is a great idea - something I've thought about doing myself.

MY SUGGESTIONS:

- You identified one (and by nature, others) when you asked for GIMP tips...perhaps an article on 'starting out with GIMP' and take us through some step by step on doing things with GIMP (or similarly complicated tools: Inkskape, Xara, etc.). The fact that you would be learning yourself provides you a great perspective from which to help/write.

- CLI/script tricks to automate tasks would be great/of interest too.

Look forward to reading!

LLL
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: rbistolfi on June 05, 2007, 11:15:52 am
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- CLI/script tricks to automate tasks would be great/of interest too.

I agree with 3L. You will be very comfortable on this topic and I think is really interesting to know how a simple text line can do a lot. How to automate things with bash is a nice topic. You should ask what kind of readers you will write to... system administrators? linux newbies? general user?, identify their problems and suggest a solution.
Good Luck!!
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on June 06, 2007, 04:13:31 am
My idea for the Thunar article was approved. I'll let you know how it blows over.
Title: Re: I need your help here, kiddies
Post by: Kocil on June 12, 2007, 02:43:45 am
How about this as the start ......

"You may read Advanced Bash Scripting Guide, but for real examples,
go and RTFS the Vector Linux's VASM. Here are some of fabulous examples ..."

 ;D ;D ;D