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    Giving OpenFree more life

    For the past couple months I have been wondering about ways to make OF a more interesting place to visit. I had a couple ideas and emailed some members directly for their views. Some of their suggestions have already been incorporated.

    It made for some interesting reading. I'll summarize their thoughts below on three major areas of discussion.
    1. Interviews / Articles: Good idea. One member said "Largely what made LinuxJunior great back in the day was the sense of belonging... To attract users it would be cool to do more articles and such. One way to do that easily would be to do advance reviews of distros that kind of thing always goes rounds on all the Linux newssites. Be the first and you get visitors. Just encourage members who write that kind of thing to be honest about the good and bad sides of everything." We could also focus on casting an eye on improving the layout of some of our better PETs to see whether they could be good enough to submit on Digg, OSNews or Slashdot.
    2. Member Blog Aggregation: Doing that now with blogs.openfree.org. It gets about half a dozen browser reads a day.
    3. RSS Feed: A convenient feature. Since adding it we get about 100 non-robot views a day.
    4. Easier Avatars: Adds a nice personal touch. Now any member can have one.
    5. Newsletter: Just another source of unwanted spam.
    The articles and interviews are a very interesting proposition. I used to specialize in them for my blog, but it really takes up a lot of time to make the contacts, especially if you want to make them come out at a reasonable interval. It would be better to split the load so that someone volunteers to come up with an interview or article every two to three months, so it becomes easier to maintain the flow. Maybe members could suggest people they know who would be interesting interviewees.

    We have members from all around the world, so it would be good to see how Linux is being used in their countries too.

    What are your thoughts on this?

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    How about creating a "group" on linkedin.com? I know some people who use the site a lot to create a network of professional contacts for job hunting and sales leads.

    MySpace and Facebook have the same thing too.

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    Ill start keeping my site more fresh. I have a few projects I am working on, and can start logging that as I go, instead of a summary at the end.

    As for interviews, I can say that that may be interesting. If you want a podcaster let me know, I can help there. I have been working with a few groups lately getting some shows done. I may need to get my own hardware, but nothing the local music shoppe or radio shack doesnt solve ;D

    I likes ;D

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    For all of this, lets distribute it one main way -- html. Allow RSS feeds for the podcast, interviews, newsletter, etc.

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    Podcasts would be OK. How would we do that with interviews? Just record a phone call I suppose?

    I've been trying to think of ways to find potential interview candidates. Authors of newly released books are usually dying for publicity and would be willing to offer their time for an audio / email interview.

    Any thoughts on this? Anyone out there know anyone interesting in their community / workplace / friends who may want to talk about Linux or IT in general?

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    I'll see if I can't get a few of the Fedora people I deal with to grant an interview..
    Why are you not using Fedora Core?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter View Post
    Podcasts would be OK. How would we do that with interviews? Just record a phone call I suppose?

    I've been trying to think of ways to find potential interview candidates. Authors of newly released books are usually dying for publicity and would be willing to offer their time for an audio / email interview.

    Any thoughts on this? Anyone out there know anyone interesting in their community / workplace / friends who may want to talk about Linux or IT in general?
    Well skype or gizmo would be better ;D Then I can record that convo directly onto my pc. Phones become tricky. Best is when I can use Shure's and feed them directly into a mixer and then into the PC.

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