PolishLinux.org got out of beta

[ Thursday, 17 August 2006, michuk ]

The vortal has just left the beta stage and has been rebranded at the same time. Enigmatic en.jakilinux.org name has been changed to PolishLinux.org. Why PolishLinux? Because our goal is to provide you the knowledge to polish your Linux box according to your needs.

We want PolishLinux.org to be the vortal you can point to your friends who want to taste Linux but don’t know how to start. GetGnuLinux.org folks tell you why you should do it. We tell you how to do it, without the ideology involved.

Here is what you can find in our vortal right now.

The Choose OS part is dedicated to those users who are uncertain about which Linux or BSD distribution they should try. A fair comparison of all major free operating systems is available. It covers such things as the installation procedure, graphical configuration tools, security, stability or multimedia support. For those who really can’t make up their minds, there is a distro chooser – a simple 10-questions survey which results in pointing top 5 distros most suitable for one’s needs.

Sample comparisons:

Next sections: Installation, First steps in GNU/Linux and Apps cover the typical problems people face during the installation, configuration and in normal, every-day use of a GNU/Linux system. The configuration is especially important. It includes:

  • installing software in GNU/Linux,
  • differences between Linux and Windows file systems,
  • use of console and root account,
  • basic networking.

Those tasks are known to cause many problems to the usual Linux converts, so it’s good to have them covered in one place.

The vortal is targeted mostly at beginner users, but certainly not only beginners can benefit from it. The published articles (original content only!) cover much more than the typical newbie problems. It’s a separate part from the static content and it’s aimed at intermediate and advanced users as well. What is interesting is that (almost) everyone can publish in the vortal. Authors of good articles can be paid, too.

The vortal is still in its infancy, but it already contains a fair amount of information. We want to establish a community around it. When the PolishLinux.org crew grows (everyone is invited to join!) it may become the default website to direct the undecided, as well as those who need help in their first steps in GNU/Linux.

Borys Musielak

About the Author

Borys Musielak

PolishLinux.org creator and editor in chief. Professionally -- J2EE consultant in London City. Personally -- free software enthusiast and lobbyist.

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