Lack of FreeBSD coverage in the UK media
paul at xk7.net
Fri Mar 23 14:07:53 UTC 2007
I've noticed over the past few years that there has been a growing
number of Linux magazines available in the UK (Linux Format, Linux
Magazine and Linux User/Developer are the ones that immediately spring
to mind), but there is still no widely available printed magazine aimed
at users of FreeBSD (or any other BSD for that matter). I've been
wondering why this is the case for a while, and was reminded of the
issue during a discussion after a talk given by Robert Watson at this
week's UKUUG conference. There doesn't seem to be a lack of
people/organisations using FreeBSD in the UK, there are a number of BSD
user groups and I'm sure plenty of people attend their local LUG as well.
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why FreeBSD doesn't get better media
coverage than it currently does in the UK, but I did think of a few
ideas that might help improve matters:
1. Try and get a list of BSD user groups printed in the major Linux
magazines - Linux Format does this for LUGs so perhaps they'd be open to
including UUGs as well.
2. Get mini BSD stories into the existing Linux magazines - most of them
have a small bar at the bottom of the main news pages with short
summaries of stories and it would be great some BSD-related items there.
3. Have people send in various items which someone edits into a one or
two page 'This month in FreeBSD' article (or rather 'three months ago in
FreeBSD', given the lead times for articles).
The other advantage, apart from extra coverage of FreeBSD, is that
magazines will often pay fees for articles, so if an tutorial was put
together by several people then that fee could be donated to the FreeBSD
Foundation (assuming everyone was happy with that) and everyone wins.
What do other people think? Is this lack of coverage a problem which
should be addressed, or is FreeBSD doing well enough in the UK as it is?
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