Gordon wrote:I think the mag could do with more hardware reviews. What new hardware works flawlessly with Linux and what doesn't. And also include info on how to get the hardware to work with Linux. I'm always amazed that most hardware vendors do not support Linux, they have access to the source code for almost everything on a Linux system, including the GUI, no hidden API's as in microsoft products, and this alone should enable hardware and software vendors to create better drivers and utility software than they can for windows. Just look at nVidia, they are going the right way, if you have the nVidia drivers installed try running the program 'nvidia-settings', you'll see what I mean.
The only other thing I would like to see is more tutorials, especially on programming.
Hudzilla wrote:1) The LXF Interview. We've interviewed Damian Conway, Nat Friedman, Miguel De Icaza, Stephen Tweedie, Michael Robertson, Matthias Ettrich, and others - what do you think? Do you care what the community leaders think? Are we asking the right kinds of questions? Are there people you think we've missed?
Hudzilla wrote:2) The Versus features. These are really just a bit of fun to get people thinking about why /they/ prefer KDE to Gnome (or vice versa), etc. Do you see them as fun, or just page filler you don't care about? Do you find yourself usually agreeing with one person in the argument, or is it a mix? Are there other topics you'd like to see covered?
Hudzilla wrote:3) What on Earth. We try to keep the WoE articles covering new topics that we hope will inspire or otherwise interest you, backing the text up with off-the-wall illustration. What do you think of our previous topics? Are we going into enough depth? Should we go back over some of the older WoEs to cater for people who didn't buy the old issues?
Hudzilla wrote:4) Cover features. It's always our goal to make a punchy cover feature that will grab you and make you want to read, varying between practical ("Network Everything"), hardware ("64-bit or Bust"), and theoretical ("Xen"). Are we hitting that goal? Are our cover features the right length/too long/too short? What kind of feature do you prefer? Are our choices of topics just plain dull?
Hudzilla wrote:5) Tutorials. These are one of the core parts of the magazine, and ultimately we feel that the tutorials are a primary purchase decision maker for readers. What do you think about our current crop of tutorials? Do you prefer long series, like PHP and Gimp, or shorter series, like Perl and Emacs? Should we expand the size of our coverage, or is it about right? Are there particular topics that we're missing?
Hudzilla wrote:5) Art. It's the job of the LXF art team to produce high-impact designs that make the magazine pleasing to read, entertaining, and also more informative than it would have been with plain text. What do you think of the layout in LXF? Are our cover designs attractive and interesting? Do the stock photos annoy rather than help? How much do you love/hate the colour purple used in our tutorials?
Hudzilla wrote:6) Production. We have two full-time people working to correct errors in the magazine, both technical and grammatical. Would you agree that the number of mistakes in the magazine has declined drastically? Do you notice all the effort they put in to italicize program names, to bold commands, etc? Do you appreciate our attempts to add humour in places? (you're welcome to respond with "what humour?", but it'll make us cry)
Hudzilla wrote:7) Cover discs. For us, the cover discs are the absolute core of the magazine - the embodiment of our push to promote free software. Do you use your discs, or put them away in a cupboard? Do you like getting a new distro each month to try, or would you prefer programs for your existing distro?
Hudzilla wrote: Mag involvement. Recently we've been working hard to add ways for you to voice your opinions in the magazine - "Over to you" in the Roundup verdicts, email addresses at the bottom of each column, etc. Do you care about these opportunities, or would you rather we just stuck with what we were doing?
Hudzilla wrote:9) Reviews. In the very latest issues we've been adding more elements to our reviews - walkthrough boxes, annotations, and in the very latest issue (LXF68) new "Graham says" and "Nick says" boxes. Do you feel these add extra value to the reviews? Should we run more reviews? Would you like to see more hardware reviews?
optimaloptimussupreme wrote:no it doesnt help nigel -you avoided some of my ? . Nick and you can do better I know.
Nigel wrote:OK, optimaloptimussupreme, you got me curious, so I dug out an old Amiga Format... the first one to come to hand was issue 88, dated September 1996.
The layout is actually very similar to LXF, with news at the front, coverdisk stuff at the back, and sections in between for reviews, articles and tutorials.
evilnick wrote:AAArgh! Don't do that! Everyone will find out I've only ever had one good idea for how a magazine should work...
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