Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 10th Dec 2010 14:28 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I know that there's a number of readers who don't like it when OSnews covers political topics, I'm one of them. These political upheavals however spell danger for operating system hobbyists and so I dedicate this article to framing the political news within the context of what we are here to read about: operating systems.
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It's fine
by Neolander on Fri 10th Dec 2010 20:47 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

As an OS developer and a follower of the OS market for some time, I can tell something for sure : OS development is a very, very slow process. If you want to have weekly news on that subject, there are only two ways of achieving that goal :
* Doing many posts on cool ideas for the future rather than technology which actually gets implemented in the present
* Talking about each single new feature you painfully managed to implement

Weekly news are already a fairly low publishing rate. And if OSnews wanted to keep it constant, they would have to make an article on every subject OS designers' blogs are talking about. And that means more articles like "Linux 2.6.36 brings 37.3 security fixes and zero other noticeable improvement", "Rumor : Microsoft to implement PulseAudio in Windows 8 as an attempt to reach anti-stability", "New patches to the MenuetOS scheduler bring an 1% responsiveness improvement under heavy load".

I prefer to see OSnews talk about web technologies and politics with a good publishing rate rather than hearing about each minor updates coming to each hobby kernel everyday. Websites like OSnews are here to filter that kind of information and only publish the part which matters the most, I think.

Edited 2010-12-10 20:49 UTC

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RE: It's fine
by fran on Fri 10th Dec 2010 23:30 in reply to "It's fine"
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

Agree totally
Rather post more articles than less, and skip what you don't find interesting.

Croc thanks for this piece.

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RE: It's fine
by Kroc on Sat 11th Dec 2010 22:00 in reply to "It's fine"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I have to say that your blog is stunning, and I have tried, and failed, to bring your excellent posts to OSnews but I lacked the knowledge and the right news-writing skills to write anything meaningful for pg.1 stuff. Please consider either publishing on OSnews, or submitting brief synopses that we could publish to get your fine articles some more attention and discussion.

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RE[2]: It's fine
by Neolander on Sun 12th Dec 2010 09:59 in reply to "RE: It's fine"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I have to say that your blog is stunning, and I have tried, and failed, to bring your excellent posts to OSnews but I lacked the knowledge and the right news-writing skills to write anything meaningful for pg.1 stuff. Please consider either publishing on OSnews, or submitting brief synopses that we could publish to get your fine articles some more attention and discussion.

Happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay in there ;) Anyway, you raise a question that I asked myself some times, and here's the answers I came up with so far :

Publishing on OSnews

First, please note that I couldn't publish all the news which currently go through my blog on OSnews instead for a number of reasons, most noticeably because I need some small media under my control for official announcements and because of the fact that most of my blog posts are made of exactly the stuff I'd hate to see on OSnews : small progresses on some obscure hobby OS.

About publishing some originals about OS theory and my OS' design on OSnews, I have done that once in the past and it certainly was a good experience overall. However, I have a problem with the number of hours in an average week it takes to do that right now.

* At the end of an average workday, I'm generally unable to do anything which requires a lot of concentration.
* This only leaves me my week-ends. Experience shows that I can only do two big things properly in an average week-end.

At the time I wrote my article on touchscreens and cloud computing, I had not yet started writing code, so I had a lot of spare time. Now, my week-ends tend to be split between writing code and writing blog posts (I would like to reach a permanent 1 post/week publishing rate).

I'm sure that you'll understand that when I have a big and juicy article at hand, I tend to favor my few blog readers first. The poor guys already get the "progress in random part x of the OS" posts the other weeks, it would be unfair to leave them with only the gory implementation details and keep the nice theoretical stuff for OSnews ^^

Submitting synopses

Well, why not, if you really think it's worth it ;)

Then, what part of my content do you think I should publish on OSnews ?

* Computer history and case studies
Being the first posts I've ever written, they are so full of personal opinion that I think publishing them would be the best way to get a flame war in the comments. Moreover, they get a bit lacking and incomplete near the end, as I started to get tired of this. Some images I've put are now gone. In short, I think that a rewrite would be required before publishing.
Beginning at : http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/case-study-0-human-ma...

* Scope statement
Well, I've rewritten this part recently when I put it on the project's Trac as part of opening the source and writing doc. Is it really worth publishing on OSnews apart for an introductory "hello, I'm there !" article, though ? For writing such an article, my thought is that I should better wait until I've really got some impressive implemented stuff to show, but if you think otherwise please feel free to discuss that !
Latest version : https://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/theosperiment/wiki/Goals

* Low-level (kernel and a bit above) design
I've done a lot in the past (starting at http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/03/04/system-design-1-core-... ), and I've done some more recently (http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/an-aside-about-proces..., http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/back-on-the-hot-topic..., http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/desktop-oss-and-the-p...). Maybe the thing which qualifies the most for publication on OSnews, in my opinion.

* Collections of short long-term thoughts on higher-level design
They are post-specific, so here are examples :
-http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/the-big-holiday-updat...
-http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/09/12/some-thoughts-on-targ...
-http://theosperiment.wordpress.com/2010/10/10/how-about-developers-...
Maybe not constructed enough ?

So feel free to discuss what you'd like to see on OSnews among that ;)

Edited 2010-12-12 10:05 UTC

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