An LWN reader survey
Posted Feb 5, 2007 12:48 UTC (Mon) by job
Parent article: An LWN reader survey
I think LWN should focus on what makes it unique and great. Even though many thinks how-to articles would be good when clicking through this, please realize that would make just one of a dozen such sites which doesn't charge for content. It would be impossible to put the skill level "just right".
On the other hand, LWN has unique and high quality coverage of most events and excellent in-depth technical articles. Since Kernel Traffic went away, LWN is the only game in town for kernel coverage (following lkml isn't really an option for most of us). The file system articles by Valerie Henson was an excellent example of both easily accessible and technical in content.
Another thing that LWN is great at is the overview articles in the Grumpy Editor series. What makes them unique is the great perspective and knowledge of traditional UNIX utilities that often covers text based tools as well.
If just one thing should be improved on LWN I think it may be the site navigation. It is primitive which is a good thing, but I think that it hides things gems such as the kernel index and the timeline from casual visitors. That concept could also be expanded with a good security and vulnerability overview.
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