Count me in. Someone has to emerge to lead this project. This is something I can probably do and I have several years of project management experience. To be realistic, I would say at the start that maybe it should be a semi-monthly magazine in order to keep quality high and not put too much stress on team members who have all stated that time would be at a premium (as it is for all of us).
exploder wrote:Our community editions could be featured with highlights of the features they contain. There are a lot of good features that go un-noticed in reviews. Have articles on how to work around important issues, like the Intel issue and things like that so people are more aware that these things can be fixed. Maybe have something about what goes into the making of our releases and how they differ from the base they are built from. Maybe feature some articles on creating artwork, we have some very talented artists in the community that go above and beyond to help others.
This is an excellent idea! The mag could have a spotlight feature in each issue that highlights some unique aspect or application for a given distribution. Examples could be Amarok for KDE, GnomeBaker for Gnome, etc. etc.
dlkreations wrote:Just happened to see this post. I am willing to participate if this ever gets off the ground. I use to be a high school teacher, so if any proof-reading is required for grammatical and spelling errors, I am willing to do this.
The magazine would definitely need to be Final Proofed before publication, so your input would be most welcome here!
johonunu - Excellent work on the cover! i agree with other comments made here that people would want to read this based on the cover alone! Well done, and I like the fact that it uses the artwork from Gloria. Very professional looking.
Ozz wrote:Count me in to write some articles.
You can start now! hehe.
1,000 pct agreed!
Who is the leader? I would say a 2-person team would work well for this. I can certainly volunteer to help run the project, but by no means would turn away other's help and skill sets
Who would like to participate? Draw up a list, get the contact details etc.. Maybe. as stated somewhere else in this thread, there should be a separate development forum for this project. If not hosted here BBS's are certainly easy to set up.
Who would host it? Only 10 might download it, then again maybe a 1000, who knows... Websites and domains are cheap! We could certainly look for advertisers down the line if the web traffic warranted high-bandwidth. Then again, as an aside, we could solicit advertising from the beginning and donate the contributions back to Mint.
Format? Online websity kinda thing, or PDF downloadable document? Size matters, lets keep it under 4 megs
Would it come out monthly? Every three months? My thought was semi-monthly with the goal of getting it to monthly ASAP. There certainly are no shortage of available topics...Only a limit on time and resources....
Content: How would it differ from the Full Circle Magazine? Would we just be writing the same articles or adding some mintyness to the whole thing? I would think we could "borrow" ideas from Full Circle, but I would think it would be a totally separate Minty Magazine with acticles 100 pct driven and written by the Mint Community.
Marketing of the magazine: We need to get it out here on Digg, forums, google SEO, etc... I am proficient at Web 2.0 marketing and could easily facilitate the marketing of the mag through avenues like Twitter, Facebook, Stumble, etc etc. I also have a few friends who do SEO for a living and could probably donate some expertise on Google-fying the mag.
Proof reading: we should use the services of Dlkcreations for Grsammar, but also (and I believe in freedom of the press), maybe an approval from the Mint team before it goes in the press. 100 pct agreed.
Above all we need a structure to prevent the project from fizzling out!
I would think the magazine should be an online magazine - where we cross promote LinumMint.com and other excellent side projects like MintCast.org. This also helps for SEO. FullCircle is a pdf download. It definitely has its merits, and looks really nice. This should be open for debate and all options should be discussed. But my vote would be for a 100% online magazine. That way people will find the Mag who have never even heard of Linux Mint. This is a good thing.
I'd like to write an article (with screenshots) about some useful programs for the terminal. Just to show new users that the terminal is nothing to be afraid of
Thx - That is an excellent idea. The terminal is something that definitely scares the hell out of people looking into Linux!
To everyone else who posted in this thread - You would all be needed. I will jump in and help starting now. I think the 1st step here is to see if we can get a section here in the forums to work on this a little bit and flesh out who's doing what.
If you are still interested in contributing to the project, email me at ronnoc78_AT_netscape.net with your name, LM board name, email, and area(s) you can contribute to and I will start helping to put this together. My goal would be to make a core team and, for now, create a shared Google Doc with who would be doing what and go from there.
Let's do this! EDIT
- I had the wrong email address listed to contact me to get involved in the project. This has been fixed. My apologies to anyone who had tried to email me earlier. Please re-send. Thanks.