wrote a series of article/downloads
explaining some of the steps I personally take to secure and prepare a new
Windows-based PC for the Internet and daily use. There was nothing
earth-shattering contained in the articles nothing that would send shockwaves
through the IT universe. However, they were, and are, a nice compilation of
As part of
the article/download experience, I asked for input from the TechRepublic
community on some of the other things IT professionals, in their infinite
wisdom, might do to prepare either their own personal PCs or the enterprise PCs
they maintain. There are several well-thought out and informative suggestions
in the discussion
thread attached to the articles and I appreciate the response.
But now to
the heart of the matter; several of the posters gave the usual "why don't
you install Linux and life will be so wonderful" response. I'm getting
really tired of these comments. An operating system is just an operating
systemit is a tool, nothing more. Using one OS instead of another doesn't help
save the planet, it doesn't earn you brownie points with anyone that matters,
and it won't make your petition into a better afterlife any more or less
palatable. No one should choose one OS over another because in doing so you can
"stick it to the man."
Linux evangelists it is time to practice what you preach. Instead of a flippant
remark that helps no one, I challenge the Linux users in the TechRepublic
community to take a true leap of faith and actually help the community
understand and possibly even use Linux. I've installed Linux now and again and
I know there must be at least 10 common things that most, if not all,
I am making
a sanctioned and official writing assignment and making it available to any
TechRepublic member who is up to the challenge.
I want you
to write a full-fledged, well-thought out, spell-checked article/download on one,
or all if you wish, of these three subjects:
- 10 things you should do to a new Linux PC before connecting to the Internet
- 10 things you should to every new Linux PC
- 10 things you should know about every Linux installation
If you can
write a good 800+ word article/download on any or all of the topics above,
TechRepublic will publish it and pay you $200 for your effort. You can use any
of the previous 10 things
article/downloads that we have published over the last few months as a
guide to style and tone. I'll treat your submission like any submission I
receive from a contributor. I'll edit it, possibly ask for rewrites or
additional explanations, make suggestions, etc. Screenshots, diagrams, and other
imagery is always welcome.
can't publish 10 articles with the same title, this is going to be on a first
come, first basis. If you want to tackle one of the assignments, add a comment
to this blog post and reserve it. Once you accept the assignment, you'll have
until 11/16 to send in your submission. And if you have additional ideas on
topics we should cover in the Linux universe, add a comment and perhaps we can
make an assignment out of that too. Have questions or need clarification; posta comment and I'll answer it.
Send your article/download submissions to the Content Inbox or send me a private message and we'll make other arrangements.
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.