A New Path For Helping Community

Posted by Pavel | Posted in General Information | Posted on 10-07-2012

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After some years of taking some time to write articles, tips and some (hopefully) helpful material about Slackware Linux, I think it’s time to also take a new path in order to effectively  invest the time I want to dedicate to community.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m currently hosting the Spanish translation of the “Slackware Linux Essentials” book at http://slackware-es.com. Besides of that, I used to take some time to write little ‘HowTOs’ at eSlackware.com in my native language, Spanish.

What will change?

  • First of all, I’ll likely to be redirecting the eSlackware.com domain to this one in order to focus readers attention at a single place (or maybe to the Slackware-es.com project).
  • I’ll try to translate any article originally written in Spanish that I think will globally help the Linux community.
  • I’ll not only focus on Slackware Linux.
  • I’ll not only focus on System Administration.

What will not change?

  • I will keep hosting “Slackware Linux Essentials” translation at slackware-es.com domain.
  • I will keep working on translating future versions of the book into Spanish (as time permits).
  • I will, from time to time, write articles/translations in Spanish in order to keep helping community members that are not so fluent in English.
Finally, what motivated  the change of plans?

Even if I really like Slackware (my favorite distribution so for the last 7 to 8 years), there are are other amazingly good distros (CentOS, Debian, etc.) with a non so closed development model, that I would like to get more involved.

Have you ever checked the Debian’s social contract? that is just so graceful that when you put that in contrast with things you read on some other project’s mailing lists or IRC support channel, you just see that huge difference in the way they approach to community. While some project’s answer to user’s request is “…it will be ready when it is ready” (directly implicating: if you don’t like it, get the h*ll out of here), projects like Debian states: “We will be guided by the needs of our users and the free software community. We will place their interests first in our priorities…”. That is just priceless, and it clearly indicates where you should focus your efforts to.

I’m not currently involved in the development of any distribution, but If I am to give my 2 cents to any project’s goal, it must be a project’s whose goal is aligned to mine.

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