FSM Newsletter 16th of October 2006

FSM Newsletter 16th of October 2006

Mon, 2006-10-16 06:00 -- admin

Welcome to another of Free Software Magazine’s fortnightly newsletters. Our newsletters aim to let you know what’s happening on our site and with the magazine. Through these newsletters we’ll keep you up-to-date with new content, competitions, new features and more. Please note: we have lots of exciting developments coming up in the near future, so take a little time to catch up with us. And as always enjoy!

General announcements

So, if you’ve been to the site in the last few days, you might have noticed that we have a new feature... polls! That’s right, you can now vote on all those free software related issues that are near and dear to your hearts. So get in there and show us what you think! Please remember that you must log in to be able to vote! In other news, we are having a bit of a celebration here at FSM this week - we’ve reached the dizzy heights of pagerank eight in Google’s pageranking system! This means that we’re stepping out with the heavyweight sites... and we owe it all to you. Thanks to all of our contributors, readers and supporters - it’s you guys that make us so popular!

Latest content

Getting bored with 3D desktops? I’m definitely not! - Mitch Meyran follows up his last two blog installments with more help and info. on 3D desktops.Read more...

Good can prevail when evil is... lazy... - Bridget Kulakauskas writes about how complacency won’t keep you on top. Read more...

Baby steps with the GIMP: Making a web banner using the gimp - Rosalyn Hunter navigates us through each step of making a web banner. A good starter tutorial for beginners. Read more...

5 ways to save on your monthly software rental bill in the year 2056 - Scott Carpenter gives us a sobering look into a future where proprietary software and IP laws rule the world. Read more...

Latest content continued...

Free software and my birthday beyond the thunderdome - Rosalyn Hunter reflects on how lucky she is to live in a non-post-apocalyptic world with free software - phew! Read more...

Why (most) medium sized free software projects are doomed (or, IBM said “no”) - Tony Mobily talks about how hard it is to make it as a medium sized free software project. Read more...

Editorial: On “making it” - Tony Mobily, EIC, would like to thank you all for helping to get the magazine where it is today from where it was two years ago. Read more...

Set up a free software IRC client in less than 5 minutes - Ever wondered how to set up ChatZilla? Robin Monks tells you how. Read more...

Reformation of a Visual Basic programmer II - Scott Carpenter talks about why it’s uncool to use VB - not cos it’s lame, but cos it’s not free. Read more...

Latest book reviews released

Foundations of Ajax by Ryan Asleson and Nathaniel T Schutta Terry Hancock looks into Ajax - the hot new thing in web design. Read more...

Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional by Keir Thomas Bridget Kulakauskas goes from novice to professional with Ubuntu Linux. Read more...

Book competition announcement for this fortnight

This week we are giving away a copy ofJPro Perl Parsing by Christopher M. Frenz AND a copy of Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks by Rickford Grant.

All you need to do to enter is check out the latest book competition announcement on our blogs page.


Thanks go to _Apress and No Starch Press for providing these fantastic prizes._

Winner of the book competition from last fortnight

Still to be announced.

Please post comments to let us know what you think and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition

This fortnight’s poll

Our very first poll asks a pertinent question - what do you think we should call free software? We might call it free software here at FSM but what do you think it should be called and why? There usual choices are there, and so far, “free software” is streaking ahead... so come on and vote, people! And don’t forget to comment on why you voted the way you did!

Please remember, if you want to VOTE you MUST LOG IN!



Your comments on articles, issues, and blog entries are very welcome. They provide other readers with insightful suggestions, further information, and the feeling that they are not alone. They also provide our authors with the feeling that they are being heard. Please comment wherever possible and don’t forget to log in so that you’ll be in the running to win the latest book competition.


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