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Win a copy of “The Definitive Guide to ImageMagick”

Mon, 2006-03-13 10:48 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of The Definitive Guide to ImageMagick by Michael Still.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions

2) Answer this question honestly, there is no correct answer:

If we printed a paper version of FSM and sold it at $6/issue on newsstands or $35 for a 12 month subscription, would you buy it?

3) Send your FSM subscriber name (the email address you use to login), full name and your answer to

The latest episode in the Office Wars

Lately, I’ve been hearing more and more about Microsoft’s efforts on furthering what I believe they call the “Office User Experience”. This got me thinking. Doesn’t Microsoft have a near monopoly on office software at the moment? OK—There are other offerings out there—but do they warrant the massive expenditure MS is putting out on promoting this? Then it dawned on me. They must be panicking about OpenOffice.org and are doing what they can to prevent an exodus.

With that in mind, let me give some examples and my personal thoughts on the issue...

Marketing free software projects

Thu, 2006-03-09 21:36 -- admin

It can be difficult for free software projects to get the word out, especially without any corporate backing. My colleague Matt Raible has some interesting points to make about this issue, along with advice on how to market your free software project (it generally comes down to reaching out to your community of users and contributors). And I would add one more point: assign a press contact who will be friendly and prompt with inquiries. I don’t know how many times I’ve contacted a project and received a late or half-hearted response.

Win a copy of “Running Linux 5th Ed”

Tue, 2006-03-07 14:48 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Running Linux, 5th Ed. by Matthias Kalle Dalheimer & Matt Welsh.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions

2) Send your FSM subscriber name (the email address you use to login), and full name to .

Entries open on the 7th of March 2006 and close on the 11th of March 2006.

GOOD LUCK!

We have a winner for "Hardening Apache"

Tue, 2006-02-28 09:01 -- admin

First, I have to say that we were absolutely swamped with entries for this prize. And, I thank you all for entering, but there can only be one winner:

And the winner is...

Nelson Mambre of Venezuela!

Congratulations Nelson you have won a copy of Hardening Apache.

Thanks to all who entered.

Thanks also go to Apress for providing this great prize.

Win a copy of “Zope 3 Developer's Handbook”

Mon, 2006-02-20 04:49 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Zope 3 Developer's Handbook by Stephan Richter.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions

2) Send your subscriber name (the email address you use to login) and full name to .

Entries open on the 20th of February 2006 and close on the 25th of February 2006.

GOOD LUCK!

We have a winner for “Building Online Communities”

Thu, 2006-02-02 10:39 -- admin

There were lots of entries this week, but unfortunately there can only be one winner...

Congratulations Kyle Ambroff of Sacramento,California!

Kyle has won a copy of Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress.

Thanks to all who entered.

Thanks also go to Apress for providing this great prize.

Win a copy of “Just Say No To Microsoft”

Mon, 2006-02-06 08:06 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Just Say No To Microsoft: How To Ditch Microsoft And Why It’s Not As Hard As You Think by Tony Bove.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions

2) Answer this question:

In our latest newsletter there is a message about digg. Who are the people from FSM that usually submit articles to digg?

3) Send your subscriber name (the email address you use to login), full name and your answer to

Win a copy of “Web Mapping Illustrated”

Mon, 2006-01-30 03:19 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Web Mapping Illustrated by Tyler Mitchell.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) Read our terms and conditions

2) Answer this question:

In our latest newsletter there is an ad for SDJ. When does the advertised promotional offer end?

3) Send your subscriber name (the email address you use to login), full name and your answer to .

Win a copy of “Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress”

Mon, 2006-01-23 07:08 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Building Online Communities with Drupal, phpBB, and WordPress by Robert T. Douglass, Mike Little, and Jared W. Smith.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) read our terms and conditions

2) Answer this question:

In our latest newsletter there is an ad for SCALE 4x. What does the acronym SCALE stand for?

3) Send your subscriber name (the email address you use to login), full name and your answer to

We have a two winners for “Write Portable Code”

Tue, 2006-01-17 09:10 -- admin

Due to a few small problems we had two winners for our last book competition. O'Reilly have generously agreed to providing two prizes.

Congratulations go to:

Greg Lee of Clive, New Zealand

and

Matthew Jones of Knoxville, TN, USA!

They have both won a copy of Write Portable Code.

Thanks to all who entered.

Some briefs for this week

Cool Stuff

Among other things I’m also a news editor at Linux User and Developer, and so I have to sift through a lot of material every week. In the process I find news, and a lot of “not news”. Some of the “not news” however is still interesting though, and I want to link to it somewhere—so here’s some free software goodies (and baddies) appearing on the web this week:

From O’Reilly’s xml.com:

Win a copy of “Perl Best Practices”

Mon, 2006-01-09 08:05 -- admin

This week we are giving away a copy of Perl Best Practices by Damian Conway.

All you need to do to enter is:

1) read our terms and conditions

2) Answer this question:

In a recent blog entry, Tony Mobily announced that Free Software Magazine is looking for new articles. What type of articles is Free Software Magazine currently looking for?

Selling ads for Free Software Magazine

Tue, 2006-01-10 04:06 -- admin

Free Software Magazine is all about Free Software. We have published more than 250 articles, ALL under free licenses.

Our web site has matured and is achieving a large amount of traffic, and the magazine is reaching a very large audience: now, it's time for us to decide our marketing strategy for selling ads.

We believe that it is the community who should benefit from the ads—as well as the magazine. So, this is our offer to the free software community: we will pay 20% commission for every ad sold to a company by ANY member of the free software community. Here are the simple rules:

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