Free Software Magazine, Issue One is published

Posted 26 Jan 2002 at 05:09 UTC by atai Share This

The Free Software Magazine, Issue 01, has just been published by Free Software Foundation, China Academy or FSF-China. It is available in html and pdf and printed copies can also be ordered from the publisher.

The content is also available from a mirror in the USA at

This magazine is supported by the FSF and is dedicated specifically to free software. Its includes technical articles, news and essays about free software projects and of general interests to the community.

From the publisher:

About Free Software Magazine

Free Software Managzine is a free (the "free" in freedom) magazine devoted to the global free software community. It is published in online electronic form on the web ( and in printed paper copies by RON's Datacom Co., Ltd.. with the direct support of Free Software Foundation, and Free Software Foundation, China Academy. We invite you to read and contribute.

How to get involved

If you want to contribute to Free Software Magazine, you can do it in the following ways:

  1. Write an article. Go see the Submission Guidelines listed as below for Free Software Magazine.

  2. Send your suggestions, comments, criticisms or trick (or more) with a brief explanation to or

  3. Help preview articles! Send a note with your name and email address to or

  4. Mirroring Free Software Magazine in your local area.
  5. Buy Your Hard Copy from us. Your payment will be used to finance MNM Project to support the free software community. Send your order to

  6. Place Advertisement about your free software, or free software based system, hardware, or service.

Submission Guidelines for Authors

Authors: Please read the following guidelines before you submit us your article. Policies

These are the legal and organizational issues you should be aware of before submitting your article to us:

All articles we will accept should be under free license which is defined by Free Software Foundation, Inc. and it should submitted via email to or We prefer you adopt the GNU FDL of the copyleft license as the default, but if you have your own reason and not allow others to change/modify your points and views, then you should at least reach the minimium freedom requirement like this:

© 200x Your Name.
Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article is permitted in any medium, provided this copyright notice is preserved.

Before your submit, if you have multiple files including graphics, please tar them into a tarball, and compress the tarball with gzip or bzip2. please uuencode it and send me as the attachment of email. Or upload to by anonymous ftp under the /incoming directory.

Once submitted, you retain the original copyright but we reserve the right to publish, re-publish, and edit all articles in perpetuity.

Generally, we will not make major edits without your consent. Do not submit articles to Free Software Magazine that you have submitted to other "forums" unless you retain the copyright on such material.

sorry for posting twice, posted 26 Jan 2002 at 05:27 UTC by atai » (Journeyer)

I push the "back" button and the post page is visited twice. Sorry about this.

Advogato really should add a feature to allow users to edit or to delete already posted articles.

wrong strategy for selling babyfood ..., posted 27 Jan 2002 at 02:08 UTC by badvogato » (Master)

Andy, if you elect yourself to be a sales representative for FSF-China, please accept my genuine applause.

But i have to say you must device a right strategy for promoting healthy FSF babyfood in a relatively new market. It's aweful silly to publish an ads of selling FSF babyfood ready for China market on a journal whose readers are mostly nutritionists specialized in the design of FSF food chains.

Simply putting out postings like "hey, we have a FSF babyfood ready for China market, please buy from us and spread words around!" wouldn't help you much. It seems more appropiate for you to write up postings from a different angle. To solicit support, you should ask questions like: i want to promote and sell FSF babyfood in China, what nutrients should i put in my recipe? Can anyone share their marketing data, ups and downs of selling FSF product and service in other parts of asia market?

I could be wrong. Maybe you are a good engineer but your approach to promote and sell your product is very lame.

Advogato editing/deleting, posted 27 Jan 2002 at 07:19 UTC by logic » (Journeyer)

OFFTOPIC: In reply to your request for editing/deleting features, editing the article can render many, if not all, responses to it invalid or confusing. I'd rather there be a large neon warning screaming at you that once you've posted, it's posted, no going back, etc. ;-) Your diary makes a good peer-review-before-posting area, if you really need one.

However, there probably ought to be a multi-posting filter, as this has happened a few times now. Preferably, something that just prevents someone from posting a main-page article more than once in a ten minute period or so, but at the very least, an exact-duplicate filter ought to be in place to keep the front page from cluttering up and pushing current articles out of the way.

Double posting, posted 28 Jan 2002 at 23:15 UTC by jbuck » (Master)

The software could allow an author to delete an article iff there have been no replies yet, for up to some time period (say an hour) after posting. That would give people a chance to clean up mistakes.

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