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Reinvigorating the Voice of GNU/Linux Users (Not Companies Whose Chiefs Don't Even Use GNU/Linux!)

posted by Roy Schestowitz on May 27, 2024

Scott Ruecker

Related: IBM is Already Gutting Red Hat and Firing Employees Without Warning, Jim Whitehurst Isn't Even Using GNU/Linux

It's only 6AM on a holiday Monday and we've already published 10 new pages today/this week (it was 128 last week, i.e. nearly 20 per day). Owing to the fact we developed our own site management software we can tailor it to suit our workflows and improve productivity, efficiency, accuracy etc.

To be clear, when writing a textual site (or book) what matters most is not LENGTH or even CONCISION but PRECISION, i.e. accuracy. Volume of words may not matter, but the longer something gets, the more likely it is to contain factual errors/inaccuracies. Chatbots are for people who cannot discern/differentiate quality and quantity. Abundance without quality is trash. Today's Web is sadly full of trash. After Techrights published this article about "linuxsecurity" trashing the Web with chatbot spew "linuxsecurity" stopped publishing trash 'articles' (for now, time will tell if this lasts). LXer, which fell for it for a while, no longer links to that site and its older Editor in Chief (E-i-C), Scott Ruecker, has just announced his return. To quote Mr. Ruecker: "Hello Everyone, It's me Scott your longtime friendly E-i-C. I've been gone for a while but I plan being around again for the forseeable [sic] future. I'm going to spare you the gory details of what's been happening in my life the last couple of years but recently things have gotten a lot better. I was living in Phoenix but I am now living in San Diego and I love it. I have new Chromebook and internet access so I will be able to start taking care of things around here again ASAP. Please forgive me for any mistakes or hicupps [suc] I make in getting back up to speed in taking care of the newswire and such in trying to be the best I can be and the E-i-C that LXer deserves. So again "Hi, I hope you've been doing well and I'll see you around"."

This E-i-C served the site for many years and did a fine job. Bob (the founder's family; LinuxToday also) filled the gap and we're gratified to know they have increased capacity now. LinuxQuestions came under major DDoS attacks lately and, as a result it, outsourced to ClownFlare, denying many visitors access to the site, which is truly tragic. Sometimes the effect of adopting ClownFlare is more devastating than the DDoS it was meant to shield from. Please never use ClownFlare. There are many good, valid, technical and moral reasons to boycott ClownFlare.

Anyway, we need a federated, unified front for advancing the interests of GNU/Linux users, which isn't the same thing as GNU/Linux "companies". Yes, some of these companies work for Microsoft. All they care about is money.

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