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Bazza
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:47 am    Post subject: A rival magazine... Reply with quote

I`ve made this "Off Topic"...

Well it looks as though LXF has a rival for me.

I bought "Linux User & Developer" to read along with my LXF mag whilst
away on holiday abroad, I`ve never read one before...

I can say LXF has a serious rival now.

There are articles in issue 98 called:-

Create a custom Android ROM

The Kernel column - all about the BeagleBoard

Probably still a little tame for me but nevertheless........
COOL...
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure that is the case; User and Developer is aimed at IT professionals rather than Linux users in general - while the whole market is likely to increase, that part is going to be a diminishing fraction of the whole market. I doubt anyone at LXF is going to lose sleep over User & Developer.

I did take a look at it six years ago but quickly concluded that LXF offered a better overall package. Perhaps User & Developer has improved since then but it needed to!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the important part of Bazza's post is the words "for me". I used to get LU&D as well, but "for me" it didn't offer enough to justify a regular purchase. I do occasionally purchase other Linux mags (and indeed other computer related mags) if I see an article or two that interests me particularly. I think it would be odd if I didn't.
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Dutch_Master
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know LU&D, so I can't comment on it. However, I do read other Linux mag's, in particular Linux Journal (as a subscriber) and I try to get Linux Magazine (the mixed UK/US version) too. There's another mag of the same name, but in Dutch and that also comes through subscription in the mail. IMO, they all have their place and intended audience, so AFAIC I don't see them as 'competitors' (although I know they effectively are).

Not necessarily Linux related, but I also try to get the Dutch Hardware.info magazine. As the name implies, it's primarily aimed at PC hardware and in particular overclocking/casemodding, etc, less so on the hardcore stuff that Bazza enjoys. The one computer mag I ditched some time ago, was the Dutch "Computer Totaal!", as it focussed more and more on Win-OS while increasingly neglecting other OS's... I still have a year's worth of paper still wrapped in foil, as it came through the letterbox, because they didn't want to cancel my subscription when I informed them, claiming I was "too late"... Rolling Eyes Evil or Very Mad
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Bazza
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi fellas...

johnhudson...

> User and Developer is aimed at IT professionals rather than Linux users
> in general

Maybe, but AFAIAC it had something inside it to suit me for a change;
remember I am NOT an IT professional but an engineer.

What is more it is 5.99 UKP with a DVD! Around 8% cheaper off of the
shelf.

Dutch_Master...

> Not necessarily Linux related, but I also try to get the Dutch
> Hardware.info magazine. As the name implies, it's primarily aimed
> at PC hardware and in particular overclocking/casemodding, etc,
> less so on the hardcore stuff that Bazza enjoys.

I'm just as interested, and, Mike is doing a good basic series ATM
"School Of Linux", ("Your Country Needs You" photo eh Mike? ;o)...

> The one computer mag I ditched some time ago, was the Dutch
> "Computer Totaal!", as it focussed more and more on Win-OS while
> increasingly neglecting other OS's...

Now that doesn't bother me particularly.
I'm just as happy with MikeOS as I am with Windows XP/Vista, Debian,
AMIGA OS etc...

I will be stuffed a bit though when UEFI and 64 bit arrives permanently.
Not the coding side, but the metal banging side. I have a sneaking
feeling this will come to a grinding halt. :o(

I will have to rely on Development Boards and Kits; not really my style.

I already have had for years the Velleman K8055 USB I/O board:-

http://www.velleman.eu/distributor/products/view/?country=be&lang=en&id=351346

also Arduino USB, but these are becoming obsolete, plus, serious
dev boards cost equally serious money.

The age of the metal banging is nearly over. :o(
AND...
I am slowly morphing into a "Silver Surfer"... ;o)
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M-Saunders
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bazza wrote:
I'm just as interested, and, Mike is doing a good basic series ATM "School Of Linux", ("Your Country Needs You" photo eh Mike? ;o)...


I thought it was more of a "Did you spill my pint?!" kind of picture... Smile

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Bazza
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike...

It`s a mighty fine pointing tool that; is it used for picking winners...

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Pick%20a%20winner&defid=3254506

;oD
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

where i work half the linux users buy lxf and the other buy the development one but we do share them round the office!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a newbie I find LXF easier to follow and understand about Linux in general. I find LUD a bit complicated for my taste as it involve a lot of coding and scripting which I never use because I had what I want in Ubuntu and its been behaving pretty good to me.
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