[ILUG] While we're talking magazines...
ruairi at tech-mad.org
Thu Feb 26 12:34:37 GMT 2004
On Thu, 2004-02-26 at 15:29, Dermot Daly wrote:
> The reason I am asking is that I have been buying LXF for a year or so -
> It varies from good to bad, and am interested in seeing if there's
> better options out there.
I tend to get PC Plus, and Linux Format when I bother at all. I find PC
Plus more useful overall tbh.
> Here's why I say LXF varies from good to bad:
> Good: Sometimes they've got pretty good articles giving you a complete
> description of a particular topic, covered completely and consicely
> (e..g "What on Earth is....rsync").
> Bad: I really couldn't care less how to use blender - Don't think it
> belongs in here at all
Why not? If the article on rsync belongs in there, why doesn't the
article on blender?
> Good: Reader's rescue, etc. gives a place for people to ask questions,
> and also a place to publish how they have fixed their own problems
> Bad: Supplying a Distro that trashed many CDROMs (was it a mandrake ?)
This wasn't their own fault, nor was it Mandrakesoft's. LG decided to
allow a standard ATAPI (flush?) command to overwrite the drives
firmware, breaking with the ATAPI standard. This was not documented
outside LG's own internal documents.
> Good: For keeping up to date with open source projects you may not have
> heard about, and seeing whats going on out there in general
> Bad: Supplying on 2/3rds of Fedora (what is the deal with that?).
Was this on CD? LXF rarely (if ever) supplies more than 2 CDs. Fitting
3 CDs worth of content on two CDs could be a mite tricky.
> Good: Offering both CD and DVD options of the cover disks. (In general
> the cover disks are good)
> Bad: Supplying a "free" Linux Pro with each edition - (Why don't they
> just call a spade a spade and include it as one big advertising
> feature). Linux Pro my arse.
Now THAT is just nitpicking. And last time I read it, some of the
"advertorials" had some interesting information in them anyway.
You wanted opinions? You got 'em. ;)
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