Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th May 2010 19:23 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There's one complaint we here at OSNews get thrown in our faces quite often: what's up with the lack of, you know, operating system news on OSNews? Why so much mobile phone news? Why so much talk of H264, HTML5, and Flash? Where's the juicy news on tomorrow's operating systems? Since it's weekend, I might as well explain why things are the way they are. Hint: it has nothing to do with a lack of willingness.
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Nitrodist
Member since:
2010-04-09

Most of the recent articles I read here feel like they are taken from Ars Technica. Perhaps one of the problems OSnews faces is a lack of variety in its sources.

Maybe OSnes needs to engage more with the OS projects it wishes to cover. I am sure they would be supportive.

I see Thom direct allot of people to the Submit News feature. I would be interested in submitting the occasional article to OSnews but I am more of a hobbyist and don't have the low level understanding of these projects. I am concerned I would include errors or show misunderstanding in what I wrote.

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jaklumen Member since:
2010-02-09

I would be interested in submitting the occasional article to OSnews but I am more of a hobbyist and don't have the low level understanding of these projects. I am concerned I would include errors or show misunderstanding in what I wrote.

That's basically why I don't submit anything. Several people assure me my writing skills are very good (and it's served me well in other areas), but I don't believe I have enough tech skills or cred to write anything of sufficient interest.

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I’m sure either of you could write better than I do. Confidence is what you need, not skill. Skill will always improve over time, you just have to throw yourself into it.

We would still appreciate just links from the fringes of the Internet that we would miss on mainstream sites. But for writing, don’t try be all things to all people. Find the thing you know about, the OS/technology you are passionate about, and write about it. I know that anybody who sufficiently cares about something in the technology landscape can go off on a diatribe at the drop of a hat—it matters to them.

I don’t think it’s all that effective for people to only send us links about things they don’t really know about (it’s appreciated of course), but if each person writes about their own thing, that will prove more effective. Worry about your one thing, and let everybody else worry about their things.

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