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Debian Magazine


There is a magazine called Ubuntu User: http://www.ubuntu-user.com/

I subscribe to this magazine and I think it's pretty good. If there were a Debian Magazine I'd subscribe to that too. But as far as I can tell, there is no such publication. I would like to change that. Here's my proposal.

We most likely cannot create a magazine overnight, but we can maybe take some small steps in that direction to test the waters. The waters that need testing are of course the existence of the demand for such a magazine and the ability of the Debian project to contribute to it in such a manner that it can wear the Debian mantle. 

I propose that we ask Ubuntu User magazine if we can contribute quarterly a roughly two page section of their magazine specifically devoted to Debian news. I imagine its readers would like this - I know I would. Debian could then cull information from the now fairly regular Debian Project News publication, expand on the articles if necessary, contribute these directly to Ubuntu user, and then spin off a high quality pdf with which it can release through a variety of channels. Ubuntu user would get more copy to publish relevant to its readership. 

Personally, I'd prefer no money changed hands. We already have a group of people producing this type of information inside Debian, I think we can leverage that, giving copyright and credit where due of course. Debian would feel free to use this material as well in any format or situation that Debian felt fit. We could have the pdfs printed out at conferences for example, distribute them to the Press, etc. So Debian would have copyright control over the information and essentially donate this material to Ubuntu User.

Does this sound viable? If both the Debian and Ubuntu User side think it is viable, it would be nice to get together perhaps on IRC or on the Debian-publicity mailing list and we can begin to sketch out how this cooperation might work. 

Warm regards,

Jeremiah C. Foster

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