Is LWN worth $5/month? As we do not read all the articles, we cannot really answer the question, but the "Distrbutions" articles have given us enough warning signs to put any recommendations on hold. Frankly, it is hard to see how LWN will compete with other Linux sites on the internet, especially with the likes of LinuxQuestions, but also OSNews or mandrakeusers.org, which are free of cost and with articles or posts available for reading immediately after publication (or continuously updated). Additionally, all three of them have better distribution reviews, less opinionated speculation (especially when compared to LinuxQuestions), and more responsible authors and responsive user forums, actively monitored by the distribution reviewers. LWN is not a bad site, but it is marred by lack of polished "Distribution" articles and some unnecessary commercial tricks.
Seriously though, I don't care for distro-bashing, and this is all this article gives us. Having to be a bit more careful with money now, I'm going to have to reduce spending somewhere, either expenses on the distribution I prefer (Mandrakelinux) or supporting LWN. With low quality Mandrake-bashing articles like we've come to expect from Ladislav Bodnar (and then hyping them on distrowatch.com as well ...), care to guess which one I'll give up first?
Give one Mandrakelinux release a fair review (ie do something besides concentrating on the update applet), ensure you are accurate (the "Community" trees do actually get updates quite regularly, besides the security updates), and maybe I will reconsider.
But, 7 paragraphs of uninformed rant for 1 paragraph of actual useful information on the amd64 release is not even worth my time. Most of the comments are more worthwhile than the article itself!
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