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FOSS Post is a magazine about free and open-source software (FOSS). The main theme we focus on very much – and which differs us from others – is the quality; we don’t cover rumors, or poorly-written tutorials or articles. Our main interest lay on the in-depth well-written articles that don’t lose their value by time, great content that will be useful to our readers even if they check it back after years, which is why we started this project.

Our team of editors includes Linux server administrators, developers, programmers and open source software enthusiasts, we are not just an anonymous users 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.

We started the website as of July, 2016, actually we had a lot of projects and websites about FOSS before but they were localized targeting our local communities only, but now we decided to go international and say hello to the whole world.

Please follow our updates through our mailing list (see the sidebar on the right to subscribe), Facebook page and Twitter account. You can contact us via contact[at]fosspost.org

What Makes FOSS Post Different?

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”?

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 a high-quality way for the readers. In this way only, they will be able to add value.

FOSS Post also tries to support other FOSS projects. We believe in collaboration and community. We are not here just for ourselves. We are here for everybody.

We are also developing open source software ourselves. We’ve contributed to a number of them so far. You probably won’t find that in any other media vendor. FOSS Post is where writers are developers.

About The Review Criteria

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.

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