06.18.20

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Techrights is Growing and the Goal is Still Accuracy

Posted in Site News at 8:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Accuracy in reporting remains our prime goal (we focus only on subjects that we understand well); expect an average of around 10 stories/posts per day for the foreseeable future

AS part of my daily routine running Tux Machines with my wife Rianne I must read loads and loads of GNU/Linux news (I also read a lot about politics and matters pertaining to patents, but that’s separate). There’s no question about it: journalism is dying. Not drying up. Dying. There’s almost none of it left. The click-bait junk doesn’t count. We’re currently doing an assessment of our 12-year Daily Links archive in an effort to show this graphically (with charts). “Coming soon” as they say…

“There’s no question about it: journalism is dying. Not drying up. Dying. There’s almost none of it left.”Since the middle of this week, if not a little earlier than that, people searching for the latest news about GNU/Linux would likely be presented with loads of results about Windows and Microsoft’s ‘containment’ of this ‘problem’. And sure, there are clueless sites out there that gleefully reject that idea that this is a classic modus operandi of Microsoft, whereby it hijacks the competition, makes it its own, then tosses it away. Remember Novell? Nokia? Yahoo! isn’t so old an example, either…

Thankfully, judging by the growth in the number of readers in recent months (RSS feeds requested about a quarter million times per week), many people agree with us on this. Many raise a brow when some so-called ‘journalist’ tells us that “Microsoft loves Linux…” (obviously a lie).

“Many raise a brow when some so-called ‘journalist’ tells us that “Microsoft loves Linux…” (obviously a lie).”About 10 days ago I made an attempt to write a lot more in Techrights. The attempt has meant a little less sleep, far less social control media, and a great deal of focus, determination and of course coffee. If the media is dying and there’s too much noise/misinformation in what’s left of it, then the best we can do is fill the gap. Our IRC channels have been more busy than usual in recent days and it’s probably the best way to interact with us (in real time even). IRC may seem old fashioned (some have urged us to adopt Matrix), but it gets the job done. It keeps us chugging along.

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