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Official article suggestion thread

Postby M-Saunders » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:02 am

Hi everyone,

We get loads of emails from people with great article ideas. It's even better if readers can discuss them and make proposals, so this is the thread to do just that. Fire away!

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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby Gaz » Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:27 pm

Hi,

I posted an idea here http://forums.linuxvoice.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=22 a while back, so I thought I'd just link to it here in the hope it gets a bit more attention...

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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby towy71 » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:09 pm

a small series of articles and that is setting up a server for SOHO (Small Office / Home Office) use from scratch.

Sounds like a great idea. :D
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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby feds » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:34 pm

M-Saunders wrote:Hi everyone,

We get loads of emails from people with great article ideas. It's even better if readers can discuss them and make proposals, so this is the thread to do just that. Fire away!

Mike


is there a list somewhere so we don't post ideas already proposed?
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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby Rob » Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:15 pm

Some of us out here are recovering from Windows.

I would be very interested in an article about Linux alternatives to the most commonly used commercial software. After years of working with Windows, I now have a job which is purely Linux based. I have recently purchased a new no-OS laptop on which I have installed Linux. I am still trying to discover how to do things on Linux that I could already do on Windows.

Obviously, Mi¢ro$oft Office may be replaced with LibreOffice. The latter does not include a Publisher (DTP) equivalent. Although there are programs out there that are good for DTP (such as Scribus) there hasn't been anything that can import Publisher files. (I've just discovered that LibreOffice 4.0 *can* read publisher files.)

Notepad may be replaced with Kate or Gedit (see LV May 2014).

What about watching DVDs? This was fairly painful, but the solution was with libdecss or libdvdcss.

Ripping CDs and editing audio and tags: Some of this may be done in e.g. K3b.

Backup may be done with luckyBackup.

For me, the move from Windows to Linux has been wonderful. Why didn't I do this sooner? I hate it when I have to use someone else's Windows machine now. However, I'm still struggling a little to find alternatives to software I've been using for years.

I recently discovered the alternativeTo website <http://alternativeto.net/>; that has been quite useful on occasion.

I wonder how many recovering ex-Windoze users out there might benefit from articles about making the transition.

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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby Madhattan » Fri May 02, 2014 6:41 am

Howdy,

First off, I would like to say thanks for putting out a quality mag and podcast. I currently live in Taipei and am proud to report that my issues have been arriving on-time and in good condition.

I too would like to back Gaz's idea for an article/series of articles covering SOHO server set-ups/ideas. For my next house, I am currently looking into using s PFsense router, and a FreeNAS Fileserver (and much more via plug-ins). Both PFSense and FreeNAS are built on top of FreeBSD. What would be you recommendations for setting up a secure home network and server environment in Linux?

With all of the current security and privacy concerns involving government and corporate/cloud snooping, I think that more and more people like me will be looking into bringing the external services that we rely on back under our roofs.

Also, I would love to hear what kind of other services you guys run in your home networks besides file serving. +5pts for a incorporating raspberry pi

Thanks and keep up the great work,

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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby Rob » Wed May 07, 2014 10:16 pm

Hello,

I have some more suggestions for possible article subjects. Any of the following would be of interest to me as a reader; I hope that these include ideas that some of your writers would like to write about…

Please consider this a source of ideas; it's certainly not intended as a list of demands. I think most of these are targeted at new-comers to Linux. It's quite a long list [sorry], but there's so much that I'd love to know more about.

* a comparison of some popular or unusual shells (bash, sh, csh, tcsh, ksh, fish, pash,…)

* a shell and terminal 'essentials' guide, including:
processes and ctrl-Z, fg, bg, nohup, `&`;
terminals, ctrl-alt-f1 (text), ctrl-alt-f7 (GUI), lightdm;
daemons and /etc/init.d/*

* an ongoing series covering some more command-line built-ins: find, xargs, bc, sed/awk, diff, file, sort,…
(I really enjoyed the one on grep)

* here's a suggestion for FOSSpicks: `qalc` and `qalculate-gtk` (superb as a calculator, unit conversion utility, source of physical constants,…)

* an overview of admin/diagnostic tools: ps, lsof,…

* an explanation of the file hierarchy (e.g. /opt/ versus /usr/ versus /var/, ./share/ and ./local/

* an explanation, overview and comparison of package managers (apt, dpkg, rpm,…)

* a review of file diff tools, including diff, kdiff3, Beyond Compare 3 pro (from Scooter Software),…

* a review of hex editors — in particular is there anything out there for Linux with a facility for user-defined structure templates? (for Windoze, there's HHD Neo)

* a review of hex dump utilities, and how to produce custom output formats

* a review of system monitors: e.g. CPU/disk/network monitors; widgets and otherwise — I've noticed that some of the CPU monitors themselves carry quite a CPU overhead, so that's certainly a category for comparison: for example, Conky, which is a shame as it looks so good.

* an introduction to git (possibly a bit outside LV's scope)

* a git 'cookbook' (ditto)

* an ongoing series along the lines of a bash 'cookbook' (for find, sed, grep,… and these combined with e.g. date, time, pwd,…)

* how to back-up Linux — e.g. rsync, luckybackup

* guidelines how to upgrade Linux (for various distros) — what to copy and restore (e.g. home); whether to 'upgrade' or do a fresh install

* where to find on-line help resources (e.g. http://ss64.com/bash/, http://en.cppreference.com/w/Main_Page, http://stackoverflow.com/)

* finding alternatives to commercial tools, or tools not available for Linux: e.g. I've found http://alternativeto.net/?platform=linux really useful

* how to perform temporary installs and/or testing via chroot

* a guide to KDE/Kubuntu 'activities'

Thanks,
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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby M-Saunders » Thu May 08, 2014 7:20 am

Hi Rob,

Loads of great ideas there -- thanks! As for this:

Rob wrote:* here's a suggestion for FOSSpicks: `qalc` and `qalculate-gtk` (superb as a calculator, unit conversion utility, source of physical constants,…)


Qalc is indeed brilliant, and I wrote a mini guide to it in issue 3's cover feature (see the boxout on page 23).

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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby feds » Thu May 08, 2014 3:02 pm

M-Saunders wrote:Qalc is indeed brilliant, and I wrote a mini guide to it in issue 3's cover feature (see the boxout on page 23).


I've been using it since I read about it on LV, thanks! qalc is great especially used with guake to have the console always just 1 key press away :)
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Re: Official article suggestion thread

Postby Rob » Thu May 08, 2014 6:09 pm

M-Saunders wrote:Qalc is indeed brilliant, and I wrote a mini guide to it in issue 3's cover feature (see the boxout on page 23).


So you did! I've not finished going through issue 3 yet.

I'd still welcome any further information on this program.

Being a mathematician, I am biased toward maths programs. For those out there interested in such things, here are a few others: wxMaxima http://andrejv.github.io/wxmaxima/ / http://maxima.sourceforge.net/ is a very intuitive, easy-to-use GUI. Axiom http://www.axiom-developer.org/ is an incredibly complete system, but has quite a steep learning curve. There's an extensive manual http://www.axiom-developer.org/axiom-website/documentation.html — PDF links at bottom of page. For symbolic programming, try the Pure equational/functional programming language http://purelang.bitbucket.org/.

Sorry, that's a bit off-topic.

But thanks for your mini guide. That's great.
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