Comment of the Day October 10, 2005

Posted by tadelste on Oct 11, 2005 4:30 AM EDT
Lxer - Article; By Tuxchick
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This comment refers to "LinuxToday is no friend of Linux" in response to an angry post.

Ya know, you really shouldn't post such an uninformed diatribe. We prefer quality, informed diatribes on LXer.

Brian Proffitt is not the executive editor of an independent publication. He is the editor of one small piece of a large online publishing empire, so a more accurate analogy to a print publication is the tech editor in charge of a small section of a very large paper.

Brian has no say over ads posted on the site. He has corporate masters to answer to. I deal with this myself, because I write a regular column for, which is also a JupiterMedia property. My editor is wonderful at shielding me from the behind-the-scenes silliness and occasional nastiness. And just like Brian, he has no say over the advertising. I suppose we could all fall on our swords, and say "remove the offending ads or we walk!" Then we would be out of jobs, and three excellent Linux F/OSS advocates would be lost, and likely replaced by people with other interests.

I invite anyone who wants a "pure" Linux site to do what Dave did, and found something like LXer. My own goal is to get more of my work into mainstream pubs that are Windows-owned, like ZDNet and PC Mag. It's an uphill battle, but I want to reach a wider audience than the converted faithful. If it means sitting next to microshaft ads, and moron columnists who haven't done a fact-check since they left college, and mingling with ding-dong Bill Gates fanbois, so what. It's the readership I'm aiming for, the potential new users and decision-makers. Those are the folks we need to pay attention to- not microshaft.

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