z3bra
I prefer the touch of paper to cold screens. My main concern is that the magazines one can find at the local shop are either too boring, or too generic. So I asked myself, why not make our own magazine, that would feature "advanced" content about different topics, mostly unix related.

I personally have a bunch of topic I'm willing to write about, but with the help of the community, we could all get the benefits of this paper.

I have no experience in paper edition, so I'm asking for your experience here, even the simplest ones! If you have any idea, feel free to share.

Regarding the topics, I have a things I wanna talk about, mostly regarding networking. If there is something you would like to talk about, please share it there!

EDIT:

For brainstorming, use the titanpad
BANGARANG, MOTHERFUCKER
jmbi
I think the idea of a nixer magazine is a great one.

I'm personally more gifted in the design department, but I would also love to chip in with some written pieces as well (I've been trying to get more serious about my technical writing).

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I believe we could get things rolling with the following steps:

<ol>
<li>Gather a list of people who want to contribute along with <i>what</i> they will contribute.</li>
<li>Display said list on a static webpage somewhere asking for emails of those interested in receiving a publication for $X cost.</li>
<li>If collected emails meet/exceed the cost, we can begin creating the content and reviewing/revising to perfection.</li>
<li>Set up a small shopify store.</li>
<li>Print a small batch, email blast the interested patrons.</li>
<li>Receive orders and ship them out!</li>
<li>Donate proceeds to nixers or other open source projects.</li>
</ol>

Overall I think it would be a great way for the community to get together and create something we would all love to consume. We have so many smart minds here and such a specific set of interests, providing a magazine to the world that fits our niche is simply cool as fuck.
pranomostro
I would like to contribute.

Possible topics:
-ricing
-programmming
-unix history
-surveillance issues

I am sure you will find and suggest a lot more topics, and I am very interested in this idea.
z3bra
(02-04-2016, 03:57 AM)jmbi Wrote: I'm personally more gifted in the design department, but I would also love to chip in with some written pieces as well (I've been trying to get more serious about my technical writing).

We'll need some grezat design too! I personally suck at it, so your help will be much needed. We'll also need the great skills of rocx to put in a comics and some nice drawings to illustrate the articles.

One great way to keep in touch, as you said, is by emails. It would be good to have a mail-list. I never setup one, but I can look into it. If some of you know how to do it, please get in touch!
tudurom
(02-04-2016, 11:18 AM)z3bra Wrote:
(02-04-2016, 03:57 AM)jmbi Wrote: I'm personally more gifted in the design department, but I would also love to chip in with some written pieces as well (I've been trying to get more serious about my technical writing).

We'll need some grezat design too! I personally suck at it, so your help will be much needed. We'll also need the great skills of rocx to put in a comics and some nice drawings to illustrate the articles.

One great way to keep in touch, as you said, is by emails. It would be good to have a mail-list. I never setup one, but I can look into it. If some of you know how to do it, please get in touch!

the standard mail-list software, mailman https://www.gnu.org/software/mailman/
z3bra
did you setup one?
b4dtR1p
I would say that it really is a great idea z3bra
pranomostro
I have done some stuff with performance recently.

Would it be okay to write about a project of mine,
as an example of optimising code?
z3bra
I guess that's okay, because you need a personnal experiencd to discuss a subjecg
venam
Wonderful idea z3bra!

(01-04-2016, 07:59 PM)z3bra Wrote: I prefer the touch of paper to cold screens. My main concern is that the magazines one can find at the local shop are either too boring, or too generic. So I asked myself, why not make our own magazine, that would feature "advanced" content about different topics, mostly unix related.

Indeed, the touch of something tangible would give a deeper feel to the community.
We've tried with the stickers but it didn't get the attention it deserved.

However like jmbi mentioned:

(02-04-2016, 03:57 AM)jmbi Wrote: I believe we could get things rolling with the following steps:
  • Gather a list of people who want to contribute along with what they will contribute.
  • Display said list on a static webpage somewhere asking for emails of those interested in receiving a publication for $X cost.
  • If collected emails meet/exceed the cost, we can begin creating the content and reviewing/revising to perfection.
  • Set up a small shopify store.
  • Print a small batch, email blast the interested patrons.
  • Receive orders and ship them out!
  • Donate proceeds to nixers or other open source projects.

The issue with community project is that there's a hype in the beginning and then it fades because no one finds the motivation to contribute. Only a few dedicated users do.

This could be solved if we get monetary values of the project. Let's say we start a http://www.kickstarter.com campaign and see how it goes.

We need to put forward how this magazine will add values to other people's lives.
I would personally enjoy having multiple sections in such magazine:
  • Ricing:
    Analysing how a certain desktop is built
    The "style" of the month (retro, flat, etc,.. got the idea?)
    Small tips
  • Programs
    The treasure box, a section where people can talk about utilities no one had heard before or new nifty tools
    Helpers on setting up hard stuffs
    Nags (but don't overdo it)
  • Operating systems
    A review of some OS or new features
  • News
    A refresh on what happened on certain forums/boards/sub-reddits in a narrative manner (this could actually be fun to read)
    The technological news related to Unix with a lot of point of views
    Irc jokes and things happening
  • A section with 2-3 images featured
  • Questions/Answers
    Interviews
    N00bish questions
    Philosophical questions

This could work fine if we can attract interest.
We know this community regroups many talented individuals, it's just that for community projects there should always be a glue to keep people working towards progress.

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