Announcing the First Issue of TUX

The first issue of TUX will be released February 14. If you've yet to subscribe to this new digital magazine, please hurry and do so now. Subscriptions are FREE! If you have already subscribed, we thank you and hope you enjoy your soon to be delivered first issue of TUX.

The following article is featured in the premier issue of TUX and is written by our publisher, Phil Hughes.

Welcome to the first issue of TUX. Twelve years ago, I was the Editor putting together the first issue of Linux Journal. At that time, the biggest criticism of the idea for starting a Linux magazine was that all the information was available on the Internet. That was true, but the reason for a magazine was that someone needed to organize that information and present it in a convenient format.

As the amount of information grew, it actually became harder for someone to find what they wanted. Back then, however, most people using Linux were quite technical. As Linux evolved, it became a very suitable platform for a user—that is, someone who is not a computer professional but who uses a computer. That use could be in the office, in school, or at home.

If we compare Linux to a car, many more people drive cars than build them or even repair them. Linux is the same. Linux Journal is for the people who build and repair. TUX is for the drivers. That is, if you simply want to drive Linux and not have to lift the hood, TUX is for you.

If, however, you are not a new Linux user, don't run away. New Linux applications continue to appear at an amazing rate. Although you may have used Linux for years, there are likely to be a lot of programs that are new to you. Us old-timers know there usually are many ways to do the same thing. No matter how much experience you have, TUX is going to show you some new ways.

Although much of the information you will find here is available on the Internet, just like the information for the builders and mechanics of Linux was available there 12 years ago, there is still a need for organization and presentation. Fortunately, the tools we have available to use the Internet have changed.

A typical Internet connection offered speeds of about 2,000 characters per second. Today, connections at 10–1,000 times that speed are not uncommon.

With TUX, we have decided to take advantage of that change. Besides getting the information to you much more quickly, there are many other advantages of delivering TUX to you electronically. Here are a few:

  • You will be able to get copies of back issues immediately.
  • In addition to what traditionally would appear in a print publication, we can make other material available in different formats including audio and video.
  • Also, cutting down trees, making them into paper, putting ink on them and mailing them costs money. We have decided to pass the savings of a digital TUX on to you. Although this may be going a little overboard, we have decided to make TUX free. That is, no catches, no hidden costs. The only losers are the printing company and the post office.

Why have we selected do distribute TUX as an electronic magazine rather than only as Web pages? First, http://www.tuxmagazine.com is the magazine Web site. It has articles, comments, polls, and other information. But, current Web technology (and the quirks of various Web browsers) don't offer the type of quality we want with TUX. In addition, many of you will want to save your copy for off-line viewing.

What Is in Issue 1
Enough about what we are doing. Here is what you have right now. We decided that the theme of this issue would be Getting Organized. As technology has crept into our lives, everything that was supposed to get easier, got harder. Remember the idea of the paperless office? Or of not having to get yet another electronic or mechanical gadget fixed?

Well, most of you already are using computers but is that computer a real organizational tool? It has likely helped in some areas but not in others. So, why not get off on the right foot with your Linux system and get organized?

Right off the bat, two things your Linux system can help you organize are your music and digital photo collections. I mention these first because everyone—not only the Linux user—can appreciate what can be done here. James Gray explains how to use KAudioCreater as an organizational tool as well as how to pick the right output format to meet your size and quality restrictions. Once you have that audio on-line, Dee-Ann Leblanc details how to use amaroK to listen to it and a lot more. Finally, Aaron Seigo shows you how to manage your photo collection with digiKam.

Schedules are another area where Linux can help. Lauri Watts shows you how to organize multiple schedules and, if you want, export your calendar as a Web page. This leads into syncing your Palm Pilot, and KOrganizer and KPilot are Jenn Vesperman's tools of choice.

RSS feeds offer a way to stay up to date on the content of many Web sites. Kevin Brandes shows you how to get KNewsTicker configured to manage this job for you.

Many of you likely spend a lot of your time in a Web browser. Articles by Nigel McFarlane and Marco Fioretti help you turn this into a more enjoyable and productive experience.

The KDE environment is here to be your slave, but you need to learn how to ask for what you need. Phil Nelson explains how to get KDE to tell you about your computer, Lew Pitcher shows you how to unclutter your desktop, and Aeleen Frisch offers tips on customizing KDE to act the way you want.

Sometimes people see an application running on a Linux system and say, “I can't belive that comes with Linux.

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It was very interesting artic

It was very interesting article, and i hope, that newbies have easier life now :)

Petr (not verified) - Sat, 2005-07-09 17:51.

Business and finance!

Last information about business opportunities! Useful advices and comments!

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2005-06-18 08:15.

good first issue!

Congratulations on an excellent first issue! I was jazzed about the idea of a print magazine for noobs, but this works fine- I can email the subscription link to friends, or share my pdf, and they will get instant gratification.

Good wishes for the future!

Ellyn Brown (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-18 15:58.

Stop the complaining

I can't believe the whining and complaining that I have been reading in these comments. I actually agree with pretty much all of the complaints that have been posted but I don't feel the need to come here and attack the magazine. I hate reading content on my computer just as much as the next guy and I don't plan on reading Tux now that it is online only, but it's not like they are charging for subscriptions. If you don't like PDF or the subscription question then don't subscribe or read it, it doesn't cost you any money either way.

Kevin (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-18 15:08.

The Tux Magazine Format

Hello,

I don't know what everyone is complaining about. I think that the current downloadable format of Tux Mazine is a great one - certainly a revolutionary one! In reading TUX's editorial, the reasons for going in this format seem to make sense, despite the change from its original claims of a printed version before finally being launched. Launching TUX in a PDF format is a great way to update articles as well as add sound, animation, etc. You can't do that with a printed magazine once that month's edition is already out the door. From the company's standpoint, it cuts out a lot of overhead. And hey, it's free! You can't beat that with a stick! Just this concept alone reminds me of what personal computing was originally all about in the first place - innovation! Anyway I hope that TUX keeps up the good work with whatever format it uses.

Jeffrey D. Yuille (not verified) - Sat, 2005-02-19 09:57.

Are you going to ....?

Okay, I gave in and subscribed. Some of Marcel Gagné's blood went into getting the first issue of Tux "out the door". However, I have a question for you? Can I send you the bill for my glasses that I'm going to need after reading Tux magazine in pdf format. Or can I send you the bill for my ink cartridges from printing the magazine so I can read it without getting a headache? Or better yet, would you like to buy me a duplex printer so I don't have reams of paper all over the place?

Your decision not to publish Tux magazine in a print format SUCKS! Sure, it saves trees, but at what expense? I don't care how good the magazine might be or might continue to be, I'm not sure the pain of an downloadable magazine is worth my effort - I got a headache after reading just a couple of pages. Plus, I have to reiterate disappointment that Marcel will have no involvement. He was breathing life into this project and no one can do it as well as he!

And why do you guys have to be so pig-headed. Why can't you remove Job Title and Business Classification as required form fields on the subscription? They are of no significance when the magazine is supposed to be for users!

Regards,

Colleen Beamer

Colleen Beamer (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-18 08:37.

Disappointing

I haven't read the first issue yet. I expect that it will be very worth reading, but that's not what this is about.

What it is about is just how incredibly disappointing it is that there will not be a PRINT magazine for Linux that is aimed at the masses who are trying to get started.

Why is print so important? Because it is so incredibly portable and comfortable. I like print because I can easily take it anywhere and read it almost anywhere I want. Sorry... but reading a PDF on my laptop isn't the same quality of experience. In fact, I almost never read anything on my screen. Instead, I find resources, print them, then read them offline. This gives me time to absorb the content, make notes in the margins, and go to my computer to try something when I'm good and ready.

After this disappointment comes the news that Marcel is gone. Sheesh - you folks really don't get it!! Now I actually like Nicholas Petreley and have really missed him since InfoWorld went into the toilet, so I'd be thrilled to have him involved. Choosing between Marcel & Nick would be like choosing which of your kids you loved more, but Marcel and his vision was the heart and soul of what made Tux so exciting.

So far Tux Magazine has laid 2 stinkers in a row, even before "publishing" the first issue. The content is going to have to be incredible to make up for these errors of judgement - and for making me print my own copy on my own VERY EXPENSIVE color printer. What were you smoking after you announced this venture and started taking our subscription money?

Ernie DeVries (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-18 01:27.

Make Your Life Easier

Well I just printed the first issue. I can't believe how much space it takes on single-sided paper! Landscape only, as well - Yuck! What a waste compared to what could have been.

Looking at the cover, I could not help but smile at the irony of "Make Your Life Easier". Try out this paraphrase: "Your life shouldn't be about making Tux Magazine work, it should be about making Tux Magazine work for you" That's why Tux should have stayed a PRINT magazine!

Ernie DeVries (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-18 13:37.

Welcome, Tux

"If we compare Linux to a car, many more people drive cars than build them or even repair them. Linux is the same. Linux Journal is for the people who build and repair. TUX is for the drivers. That is, if you simply want to drive Linux and not have to lift the hood, TUX is for you."

And not a moment too soon!

I appreciate the need for a magazine that is as focused as Tux chooses to be. I've personally taken the path of being supportive of low to mid level Linux users ever since I was at TechIMO, and I continue to do so now at USALUG. I'm hoping that Tux magazine will be like finding a true friend.

Linux can work for the masses, and yet Linux can haul some serious data too, in the hands of skilled 'Linux Masters'. Sadly for those Masters of Linux, these masses include many people that have, as you've noticed, no desire to 'change the sparkplugs'. Before Tux, such simplistic users often drew disdain from the Linux Masters. I find great irony in knowing that many of those same masters of Linux were instrumental in achieving the very goal of bringing Linux to the masses. Utimately, we, the members of the Linux 'user support' community, need to fully appreciate this new magazine which hopes to participate in supporting the Linux masses and is deliberately steering away from serving only the Linux masters.

You have found a growing niche, addressing such users, an audience that needs the assistance which your stated goals clearly match.

Welcome, Tux!

Sincerely yours, the padawan called mmmna

mmmna (not verified) - Thu, 2005-02-17 13:12.

Thanks for your positive words

Many years ago (maybe close to 20 now) when SSC's primary business was publishing UNIX Pocket Reference cards, we did a little "UNIX for Beginners" card as a give-away. When IBM Canada wanted us to custom print it with their logo the light came on. These were for the people who didn't need them to give to people who did.

Jump forward to today and I feel we are on the same track with TUX. Sure, some people will find TUX but lots of people will be pointed to it by support people. That said, even the masters will have things to learn. Something new is appearing in Linux on the GUI end every day. Sure, I use vi and mutt but I also have to keep up with some of the new things Linux can do.

Phil Hughes, Publisher

fyl - Thu, 2005-02-17 17:39.

Nothing good since Marcel left

You know, you people have your heads buried in the sand. When I discovered that the first issue of Tux had been released, I decided that I would take a look. With Marcel at the helm, I was overjoyed at the pending release of Tux - a lot of people were.

However, this is my experience with the new format:
1) There doesn't appear to be a way to get the magazine without "subscribing for free"!
2) I can't subscribe - I'm a user and while I have taken some technical computer courses, I am not a "techy". I run Linux at HOME. I can't subscribe because I can't supply a job classification because there isn't a choice that fits me. I work through a temporary agency doing mostly administrative work.

However, for a magazine that is supposed to be for users, what earthly significance could my job classification possibly have. Job title and classification are both required form fields! Get REAL!

3) I wrote to customer service regarding this issue and got a canned response. This response contained FAQ's which are erroneous. They referred to Marcel as still being editor (you people should be so lucky!!!!). They also referred to the fact that the magazine would contain a free CD-ROM. Get with it. If you want to send canned responses, at least make them accurate! The one I got shows extremely poor management!

I was assured that I would be contacted if there wasn't an appropriate answer to my problem contained within the FAQ's. Well, I'm still waiting for a response! I got tired of waiting for the response, so I completed a dummy subscription - I'm a rocket scientist and my job classification is retail. However, I've yet to receive any notification that my subscription has been received! ARRRGHHHHHHHH!

You can keep your magazine! And you can thank your lucky stars that Marcel still writes the "Cooking with Linux" column because that's the only reason that I'll continue to purchase Linux Journal!

Regards,

Colleen Beamer

Colleen Beamer (not verified) - Wed, 2005-02-16 22:08.

What is your latest LJ Issue.

Ms, Beamer,

Regarding your quote:
You can keep your magazine! And you can thank your lucky stars that Marcel still writes the "Cooking with Linux" column because that's the only reason that I'll continue to purchase Linux Journal!

What is your latest LJ Issue? I just recieved the March 2005 issue a few days ago. Guess what? No "Cooking With Linux!" I don't know. But it appears that SSC has "canned" our favorite French Chef and his dutiful assistant Francios.

I may find myself in need of a new Linux Periodical if this is true.

Sincerely,
KH

Kevin Huds - (not verified) - Wed, 2005-02-16 22:34.

Only gone till next month

Apparently, Marcel's column will be back next month. He had other commitments and wasn't able to submit the copy for the column in time for it to be included in the magazine.

Thank heaven, he'll be back next month!

Colleen Beamer

Colleen Beamer (not verified) - Wed, 2005-02-16 23:27.

If it's me being stupid then

If it's me being stupid then I apologise now but how do I get a copy of the magazine PDF as I subscribed after the release date. Is it just a matter of waiting until my email subscription has been processed or do I have to wait until the next edition?

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2005-02-16 13:24.

Nope, we were

We were just testing you. :-)

Seriously, the link just wasn't there. It is here and soon there will be a link to it. The idea is that once someone subscribes they will be able to get:

  • The current issue
  • All back issues
  • Other digital stuff what we are working on

Sorry for the confusion.

fyl - Thu, 2005-02-17 15:04.

hey, where is Marcel?

First, congratulations on the new magazine. I wish you the best and hope it succeeds.
Now, what happened to Marcel Gagne? He was all over Tux Magazine, and now he appears to have vanished. Please don't pull a ZDNet and drop him in the dumpster at midnight! Some kind of farewell and acknowledgment would be nice.

Carla Schroder (not verified) - M - , 2005-02-07 16:06.

Sorry for the delay

Since the decision to go with a PDF, it has been totally crazy. We don't want to just be a print magazine that isn't on paper. That meant a total re-design of the layout and lots of other changes.

Marcel did the initial call for content and put together issue one for us. On Monday you will see that issue and I feel you will be impressed with the article lineup that Marcel came up with and with the presentation we are offering.

One of the columns that Marcel arranged for was a monthly editorial by Nicholas Petreley. Nick and I are talking about him taking on the Editor-in-Chief role of TUX from here on out. More on that over the next few days.

Phil Hughes, Publisher

fyl - Thu, 2005-02-10 18:16.

Please answer the Question

Mr. Hughes,

Where is Marcel? It isn't only TUX. I noticed that his "Cooking With Linux" column is glaringly absent from the other SSC publication "Linux Journal"

You should seriously consider a career in national politics. You demonstrated a remarkable talent for dodging the question above. :-)

And a response, "He left to explore other opportunities and/or interests." Translates into, "He was asked to go quietly without a fuss or else."

But, I can't imagine what he could have done that was so dire that a simple slap on the wrist and "Please don't do that again" would not have sufficed. And yet it seems that he has been "dismissed" from SSC altogether.

This may not be the fact. But from outside looking in, that is how it appears. And nothing from your above reply indicates otherwise.

Will Marcel be back here? Will his "Cooking With Linux" column re-appear in "Linux Journal"? Inquiring minds want to know!

Also, I regret that Tux will not be claiming shelf space and the corresponing mind share on the local newstand. What a missed opportunity to reach the unitiated Linux User. These folk would be far more likely to happen across Tux at the news stand than buried on a link in a webpage on the Internet.

However, one cannot ignore the flexiblity and "richness" (for lack of a better word) of content afforded an Electronic format. Have you SSC guru's considered providing TUX asn a monthly suppliment to Linux Journal? Have it included as a CDROM or DVD/DVDROM. That seems like and Ideal compromise. And I would gladly pay more for my LJ subscription for that!

However, that wouldn't gain Linux as a whole any more exposure on the Newstand.

I could however see that expanding to include full motion video, how to's, demos and such.

Anyway, I will hang around, see how all of this goes. But I fear that from this perspective, it doesn't bade well.

Kevin Hudson
PS. I really Like(d) Marcel judging from the comments, many others here did too!

Kevin Huds - (not verified) - M - , 2005-02-14 13:12.

Your mail is faster than mine

Mail to Nicaragua is slow. I do have the current LJ (as of last Thursday) but hadn't looked at it. You're right, no "Cooking". I checked with editorial and Marcel just didn't get the column done on time. Thus, as much as you would like to think that I have a future in politics, I feel that isn't the case.

The TUX decisions, on the other hand, are mine. There is no quick explanation of why the changes other than to say that it became the best option at the time but, with that, the Editor-in-Chief role had to become a lot smaller. And did.

Over the next month or two you will get more information and, in addition, we will all see why "digital Tux" is the right answer today. That does not rule out print TUX in the future, by the way.

fyl - M - , 2005-02-14 13:50.

Thank you

I appreciate your reply. I now am satisfied with your response. Also, I do see benefits of a digital format. Infact, I am beginning to think it is a good idea. I would think it would be a good beneficial to many more new users to include the digital content with a paper publication also though. Like as a suppliment to Linux Journal.

BTW, Mr. Huges, I meant no disrespect by the politician statement. I was meant tongue in cheek.

Thanx,
Kevin L Hudson

Kevin Huds - (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-18 13:35.

Thanks for the response!

I'm looking forward to receiving the first issue.

Carla Schroder (not verified) - Fri, 2005-02-11 17:44.

Editor-in-Chief

Hey Phil - I was disappointed to read the above, that you are getting ANOTHER Editor-in-Chief, especially after the "announcements" that there wouldn't be one as such - perchance you could fill us all in on what Nicholas brings to the table that Marcel could not (no disrespect meant to Nicholas, but it seems that dumping one EiC for another is a little... rude ?)

J - Biddell (not verified) - Thu, 2005-02-10 23:42.

I second the motion

Like Jon, I would also know a bit about Nicholas.

It seems to me that, under Marcel, both the (yet to be released) magazine and the Tux website flourished. Since the change in editorial management, the website has, shall we say, languished, and I haven't noticed any 'buzz' about the magazine at all.

Can Nicholas bring back some of the excitement that Marcel gave to this endeavour? Or is this change the first signs that Tux Magazine will be less than we (the readers and contributors) would like it to be?

Lew Pitcher (not verified) - Sat, 2005-02-12 14:39.

Please check some relevant p

Please check some relevant pages in the field of- Tons of interesdting stuff!!!

An - ymous - Wed, 2005-06-15 05:33.

Marcel, where for art thou ?

I second Carla's comments - and yes, some sort of acknowledgement for all of Marcel's hard work getting this started and getting the user community enthused about it would be not only nice, but a professional courtesy.

As someone who has written a number of pieces for the TUX website, and who is proudly Wintendo-free now (largely thanks to Marcel and his Linux Journal articles !), to say that I am dissappointed with the decision to make this an "electronic only" publication is an understatement - I'm ever so pissed !! Having vented, I can understand the commercial realities that formed a part of this decision, but that doesn't mean I have to like them.

Although I was mightly impressed when I received a large refund to my VisaCard from LJ for my paid subscription to TUX - guys, I would have let you keep it if it assisted with getting this publication to the streets.

Jon (Australia)

J - Biddell (not verified) - Tue, 2005-02-08 21:30.

intrusive subscription questions

While there's no enforcement on answering them correctly, why does a subscription for a free, email-delivered magazine ask for personal information such as your address? If it's for legitimate, internal market research surely the standard 'city/post code/country' is more than adequate.

shudde (not verified) - M - , 2005-02-07 09:01.

intrusive subscription questions

I agree, especially as the Privacy Statement says that only sufficient data will be collected for the activity being performed. If I'm subscribing for an online magazine then my home address is irrelevant.

You just end up with people entering rubbish which makes the whole process worthless. We're all pretty good at entering the minimum data required to get rid of the error messages. :-)

Paul Thomas (not verified) - Wed, 2005-02-09 06:56.

Thanks for...

Thanks for releasing this special magazine on a very special day for me- my birthday! 14th of Feb!

There won't probably be a better gift than a whole Linux magazine to read the whole day! I am delighted

Ankit Malik (not verified) - Sun, 2005-02-06 09:53.

Tux Subscription.

There is no way that the Linux Service Providers
will beat M$ in the business environment; this is
the second time that I buy a Linux product, it's
paid upfront and the product not delivered -just
promises and excuses.

LSPs -don't promise to deliver a product and at
the end what you give is excuses only. What
about the money? The time you keep the
future customer's payment in your bank is
call financing the activity.

The 1st. experience with an LSP is now 12 months
of excuses; the 2nd one is about 3 months.
Business wise you are hurting LINUX and the
Linux Community. I don't care about "free" as in
"free beer" -I care about freedom and service.

Marcos Munoz (not verified) - Sat, 2005-02-05 09:26.

Magazines

I'm wondering how many commercial magazines this person has bought. I can't count the number of magazines about Windows, programming and others that took my money without any refund whatsoever. Yet Marcos has the guts to complain here about getting his money back. Oh sure, a few magazines gave me subscriptions to other magazines when they couldn't give mine or just plain old lame excuses, but I never got my money back period. Some thing about wait in line with all the other debtors because they filed bankruptcy. I commend the people here at Tux Magazine for sending out a letter and offering to give me my money back.

Jim Ward (not verified) - Sat, 2005-02-05 19:07.

I got my money back before th

I got my money back before the letter arrived telling about the cancellation of the magazine.

It's a shame that we won't see this on the news stands, but I'm really glad that we'll still be seeing the magazine - and better yet for free.

I can't see what there is to complain about - same content, delivered to your computer at no cost .....................

Dave B (not verified) - Wed, 2005-02-09 16:21.