FOSS Post is a magazine about free and open-source software (FOSS). We cover educational articles, tutorials, analytics and reviews about Linux and open source. Unlike any other Linux/FOSS blogs, we only publish high-quality content, we don’t cover news, and we try to provide a very clean and smooth user experience
FOSS Post covers various topics about Linux and its software. So for example, even if a specific software is proprietary, we may cover some articles related to it if it works on Linux. (If you thought the Washington Post only posts about Washington news, and Nytimes only posts about New York news, then you would be disappointed with the reality).
We started the website as of July, 2016. It was named as “fossboss” but later we switched into FOSS Post.
We support our selves and pay for hosting and other stuff using advertisements. We understand that ads are annoying, and we agree with you about that, but sadly, it’s the only way for us to continue. We tried removing ads and depending on donations, but we received none, which is why we switched back.
Quality. Before we publish any post we ask ourselves: “How will the readers benefit from it? Is it just a general information that they can find on any other website or something which really matters? Are we adding value to them”?
If you take a quick look on the other Linux and FOSS blogs/websites, you would see that most of them are mainly managed by people who are not software developers nor actually understand the topics they are talking about. They are simply hobbyists who are trying to create what’s known as “niche” to earn a passive income from ads. Their content is very low-quality, and loses its value by just few days or weeks since it was published. We are here to fix this problem.
We are trying to reshape the media industry about free and open source software. We believe that “reporters” shouldn’t just write news and articles about what’s going on. People who work in the media industry shouldn’t be just normal journalists who cover specific topics; They should be developers, they should be experts. Because in this way only, they will be able to understand and explain what they are talking about in an efficient way for the readers. In this way only, they will be able to add value.
Our team of editors includes Linux server administrators, developers, programmers and open source software enthusiasts. We are not just some anonymous bloggers creating an online blog as a “niche”. We blog about FOSS because we want to, we love to, not because it is a profitable business or something.
FOSS Post has two sections for reviews. One for distributions and one for normal programs. We try to make those review efficient and scientific in order to provide the best possible value to our readers. Since we are trying to get the best results out of a software, we don’t make reviews or reports about testing versions (non stable releases).
For the distributions, we depend on the following criteria in all reviews:
- Available software: Does the distribution provide users with a lot of programs and applications to install in their official repositories? How hard will it be for users to find a specific program or install it on that distribution?
- Creativity & Inventing: Does the distribution offer anything new? What new features does it provide? Can it be considered anew distribution or just yet another distribution with logo and name change?
- Daily Use Purposes: If the distribution was meant to be used on daily purposes. What percentage does it achieve from this goal? Is it easy to make it ready for the normal user or not?
- Stability & Bugs: Is the distribution stable? Were there any bugs or problems when it was tested? Are those bugs reproducible? Are they hardware-specific? Are they available only on this distribution? What about the support areas, is it easy to get support for such problems if they exist?
- Customizability: Can we tweak the distribution and customize it to fit our needs? Does it ship by default with the required tools for this? Do we need to search the forums and ask for help for this?
For the programs, the used reviewing criteria are below:
- Creativity & Inventing: What new features are there in the program? What differs it from other alternative?
- Fit to Purpose: Each program has different category or areas of use. To what extents we can use this program to achieve our goal from it? Can we depend on it to do the task which it was originally designed for?
- Availability: Is the program cross-platform? Does it work on most Linux distributions? Is it totally free (as in freedom)? How hard it is to install the latest version of the program on users operating systems?
- Stability & Bugs: Are there any problems or bugs in the software when it was tested? Can we reproduce this bug? Is it happening with other users as well? How long does it take to get it solved?
- Continues Development: Are there anybody who is still working on developing the project? Do people find someone to ask for a solution or a fix about a problem they face, or there’s no real development anymore behind the program?
If you are a software developer and would like to see your project featured and reviews in the FOSS Post. Consider contacting us and giving the info about it. It’s definitely free and we don’t get any profit from any entity for the reviews we do.
In FOSS Post, some articles are called “Evergreen articles”, meaning that they will be updated from time to time continuously and maintained over the years in order to keep them always updated. This can be done according to the release cycle of the product/software which the article talks about or according to the information provided in the article itself.
For example, our posts about “Things to do after installing Ubuntu or Fedora” are Evergreen articles. After each release of Ubuntu or Fedora, we’ll update those articles with now sections and information which are suitable for the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora. This may apply to a wide set of articles we have too.
In that way, we don’t have to republish the same content again. And our visitors can save a single link in their bookmarks and still find it useful after years of initially publishing the article. In the same time, we maintain a single page for each topic which is always being updated.
We do lists articles from time to time. Many other websites do them too, but we have some quality checks on those articles before they are published, unlike the other websites:
- Are the most useful, common and interesting items mentioned in the list or not?
- Do all the items work on today’s operating systems/software?
- Are they still in development, not completely abandoned and broken?
- All our lists articles are evergreen articles (We may add, update or remove items continuously).
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