FOSS Post is an independent online publishing about open source software. We cover various topics related to open source/Linux in the form of tutorials, reviews, analytics, opinion articles and much more. Our goal is to increase the adaptation of Linux and open source software in all places around the world, and we are on a mission to reshape the media industry about open source.
FOSS Post is different than all the other blogs and websites covering OSS due to its quality checks; A post takes a long time to prepare to ensure everything mentioned in it is scientific, accurate and objective. Moreover, people who write on FOSS Post are strictly computer scientists, engineers, system administrators, developers, programmers or at least working in a profession related to computer science. The topics we cover, too, are noticeably different than the other media vendors.
You can think of FOSS Post as the open source equivalent of the New York Times. That’s the place we try to reach. Hence, you can see how it is different than some niche blog trying to live on SEO keywords.
We started the website as of July, 2016.
The FOSS Post has a set of principles it strictly holds itself accountable for:
- Open source software are by-nature better than other software, due to the freedom and security gains the open source model provides.
- Promoting open source software is the duty of any professional computer scientist who sees the value it provides compared to other proprietary models.
- Still, refusal of any sort of “religious adaptation” of open source/free software is a must. Open source is good because of the technical benefits it provides to users, and not because of any philosophical reasons or such. Open source is not a religion.
- Never polish the picture of an open source project and hide its cons and weaknesses just because it is open source. If you see a bad aspect of an open source software, project or community, then say it and say it loud.
- Computers and software are just tools. Using open source or closed source is not the end of the world.
- Meritocracy is the main motivator of human race progress.
- Never promote misinformation.
- Continuously update and enhance.
About The Review Criteria
FOSS Post has two sections for reviews. One for distributions and one for normal programs. We try to make these reviews 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 beta 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 reviewed on the FOSS Post, consider contacting us and giving the info about it.
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).
Some links placed on our website may be referral links; Which are links that FOSS Post receives compensation from if one of our visitors buys a product/service from it. However, FOSS Post will never promote a product if it is bad, harmful or known to be untrustworthy, and will never promote a product except that when we believe it is actually good for our readers. With the latter being the first and sole reason for promoting it in the first place.
Our referral policy can be summarized in: “If you are promoting a product anyway, and they have a referral program that you just discovered, then why not use the referral link in the process”?
The FOSS Post is available for sponsorship.