TUX magazine: dressing up Linux for the desktop user

by Andy Oram

Related link: http://www.tuxmagazine.com/

If you are the type who responds to friends' pleas to "help me get
this virus off my computer" by deleting Windows and installing Linux,
you may find a perfect holiday gift for the convert in a new
magazine called
from SSC, the publishers of the ground-breaking
Linux Journal.

Linux Journal (which I read every month the moment it comes) covers an
enormous range of topics in Linux technology as well as business, law,
politics, etc. In contrast, TUX is an end-user's magazine for ordinary
desktop users. The editor in chief is the renowned Marcel
Gagné, who describes himself as the kind of friend I mentioned
in the first paragraph and who can attest to the viability of Linux as
an ordinary person's desktop system.

TUX was proposed by Marcel after noting the success of his Cooking
with Linux
column for Linux Journal (it's the only column
consistently aimed at a desktop user, and has been voted the readers'
favorite column four years in a row) and of his book Moving to
Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!
, which has been one
of the best-selling books about Linux the past couple of years.

What are the topics for the new magazine? They'll be somewhat like
Cooking with Linux, somewhat like Moving to Linux,
and somewhat like whatever the authors propose. Marcel is looking for
a friendly, jargon-free approach and style, non-threatening to average computer
users. The magazine should be useful for home, office, and
enterprise users, including knowledge workers.

Lots of companies talk a good game about desktop Linux, but it's a
good sign for the phenomenon that SSC is willing to put their money
behind this new venture. Linux can't yet be called a regular household
item, but it could break through at any time.

And the breakthrough will probably happen first outside of North
America--so TUX will be marketed internationally.

I've expressed some opinions about this trend in my

Report from the first Desktop Linux Conference

and in a subsequent article,

To push desktop Linux, radical shift may be required
Time moves on, though, and the requirements for a tipping point can
change. Speaking of time moving on, I've got a month left to drop
some hints to friends and relatives about their holiday gift.

Is Linux on your workhouse desktop yet?


2004-11-18 13:30:31
Linux as powerhouse desktop
Linux is not only my main powerhouse, it's all that I allow in my house. I see no reason beyond school assignments that require some form of winblows to even put myself through the horror of dealing with winblows.

Especially in the last 10 months I've seen programs come out and improved to the point where the only thing I really can't do in linux that I can in windows is run macros in a spreadsheet, but oh well, I'm sure they'll get that done at ooo soon enough, I have the utmost confidence in them dudes, they be da bomb.

With the release of solaris 10.0 as free I look forward to the positive ways that could impact the entire linux community as well, but we will see.


2004-11-23 00:47:02
One man's meat...
I'm surprised "Cooking with Linux" has been voted readers' favourite. It was virtually the sole reason I stopped reading Linux Journal a few years ago. Somehow that puts me off trying TUX. Does he still use that condescending and intensly irritating French phraseology to his readers?