Call for Authors

We're preparing for the "Community" issue of Linux Journal, which comes out this summer, and since the topic is community, we figured we should reach out to our community for articles and ideas!

Basically, we're looking for articles that showcase the Linux community.  If that sounds vague, good.  There are many aspects to our community, and we'd like to demonstrate how diverse our roles and involvement might be.  Some off-the-cuff possible article topics we're looking for:

* Communication: This is vital for a community.  How do you best communicate?  Do you use specialty software?  Wikis?  Forums?  VoIP? What interesting bit of communication mastery do you have that we might all benefit from hearing?

* LUGS: What does your LUG do that others might not?  How can we all benefit from meatspace meetings?  We don't want to read the minutes from your last quarterly meeting, but if your LUG or LUG-like organization is doing something unique, maybe other Linux Journal readers would like to hear about it.

* CRM: I'm not suggesting we treat each other like customers, but how do we keep track of each other in our community?  Perhaps this is something only I struggle with, but maybe not.  I'm too forgetful to be a good community member; how can forgetful people like myself still be a valuable member?

* The Kernel: Perhaps the pinnacle of our ability to work together in the Linux community.  Linux IS the kernel. How has the community changed?  Has it gotten better?  Worse?  I'm not a history fan myself, but I'd like to read about how the kernel and the kernel community has progressed over the years.

So there you go.  That's just a few examples of what we're looking for, but please don't limit your ideas to those I've mentioned.  We're looking for *community* input on our community issue.  If you've ever wanted to write for Linux Journal, this might be the perfect opportunity! If you are interested in writing an article for this issue, please send a  brief proposal explaining what you'd like to cover to 

Note that the deadline for articles for this issue is May 2, 2011.

UPDATE: Bill pointed out in the comments that we didn't include a link to our standard author page.  Please allow me to remedy that. ;o)


Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.


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Too vague...

Bill Zimmerly's picture


I like the call for authors and the fact that you gave the due date, but what are the expected word counts and how much are you paying for articles? (Feel free to email me privately if you prefer.)

- Bill

No Prob

Shawn Powers's picture

Sorry Bill,

Our standard author information still applies:

I'll update the story to include that link too. Thanks!


Shawn Powers is a Linux Journal Associate Editor. You might find him on IRC, Twitter, or training IT pros at CBT Nuggets.

doesn't say how much you pay

Anonymous's picture

Nowhere do you say how much you pay, though hundreds of words are devoted to railing against passive voice. Anyway, good luck with the community issue, it should be a good one.


Bill Zimmerly's picture

Thanks Shawn! You guys do a GREAT JOB!!! :)
- Bill

An idea

Eduardo's picture


I'm, for sure, not the best person to write an article in English ;) You probably already had been figured out why !!!

But, I've found a very interesting document in the Government Web site that shows one success case of Open Software use. As you probably knows, Brasilian Gov. adopt a policy for encouraging the public sector to use Open/free Software.

I think that it could be a very interesting article, even more, after the recent notice from the German Gov, that is driving back to M$ world.

Of course two things will be necessary, in order we can do this job:
First - I'll need to ask for permission to the author ;
Second - (If the author permits) I'll write a context and translate the original, but you'll need to help me with the text revisions and improvements.

Best regards,